18 Aug 2013

NZ sixth at IPC worlds

6:51 pm on 18 August 2013

New Zealand's paralympic team has passed Australia to sit in sixth place on the medal table after six days of the IPC swimming world championships in Montreal.

With a day to go the New Zealand medal tally is now 12 medals, including nine golds.

Sophie Pascoe and Cameron Leslie again led the way with a gold medal each.

Pascoe broke the Oceania record in her event, the women's 100 metres backstroke S10, in a time of a minute 5.95 seconds - just five hundredths of a second off the world mark.

London Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder Cameron Leslie defended his men's 150 individual medley SM4 title in a commanding race, winning by almost six seconds.

Nikita Howarth secured her first medal at world championship level, a bronze in the women's 50 fly S7.

Howarth became New Zealand's youngest ever Paralympian when she competed at last year's London Olympics at the tender age of 13.