10th Title for Sophie Pascoe & 1st WC Medal for Neiufi



Sophie Pascoe has won another World Championship Title, this time in the Women’s 100m S9 Backstroke and came within a whisker of adding her name to another World Record.


The 26-year-old set a new Commonwealth Record during the heat in a time of 1:08.56 stopping the clock even faster in the final in 1:07.49, just outside the current World Record of 1:07.41.


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Today’s title is the 10th World Title for the Christchurch Swimmer.


Two races later and competing in her first ever World Championship final, TUPOU NEIUFI powered home to claim the Silver Medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S8 in a time of 1:16.37. “I feel great, it was a little slower than this morning (in the heat) but otherwise I feel good in the water.”


“I definitely felt nervous, but I just kept telling myself, trust the process and everything, I’ve done all the work, I’ve done all the hard yards and all I need to do is show everyone how it is.”


Neiufi who usually focuses solely on the 100m Backstroke will have two more chances to show her class later in the week in the 50m Freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley. “It’s a really good feeling knowing that I can get some times through and try and work on that.”


JESSE REYNOLDS constant hard work has finally paid dividends, swimming under one minute 05 for the first time in his career during the 100m Backstroke S9 final, touching the wall in 1:04.96 seconds and lowering the personal best he set in the heat earlier in the day.


“Yeah, I can’t complain with a PB in the heat and then a PB in the final,” Reynolds said post-race. “It was my first time under 105, so I’m really happy with the time, my placing isn’t quite where I want it to be and there’s definitely more in it for me, but hey, we I’ll come back again next year and have a look.”


Christchurch’s CELYN EDWARDS, the flag bearer at the Championships’ Opening Ceremony also produced a Personal Best, wiping one and a half seconds off his previous best, finishing sixth in the Men’s 100m Backstroke S8 in a time of 1:12.94.



The New Zealand Para Swimming Team includes:


Para swimmer






Chris Arbuthnott

S9, SB9, SM9

Limb deficiency (Right below elbow)

Simon Mayne

Icebreaker Aquatics


Cameron Leslie

SM4, SB4, SM4

Limb deficiency (Quadruple)

Simon Mayne



Hamish McLean

S6, SB6, SM6

Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Roly Crichton



Tupou Neiufi

S8, SB8, SM8

Hypertonia (Left side hemiplegia)

Sheldon Kemp

Howick Pakuranga


Sophie Pascoe

S9, SB8, SM9

Limb deficiency

(Single leg)

Roly Crichton



Jesse Reynolds


S9, SB8, SM9

Limb deficiency

(Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency PFFD)

Simon Mayne



Celyn Edwards

S8, SM8, SB8 

Limb deficiency (Left upper arm)

Ben Close





The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships (London, England) will take place from 9 – 15 September with 600 competitors from 60 nations. The Championships will see this event take place at the Aquatic Centre that was used for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The event is an opportunity for nations to secure athlete slots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


How to watch in NZ

The World Para Swimming Championships finals sessions will be shown free to air on TVNZ Duke from Tuesday 10 to Monday 16 September. Kicking off at 4:55am Tuesday 10 September for those early birds and then daily as final sessions take place!

Other opportunities to watch your Kiwi Para swimmers in action will include a daily 30 minutes highlights programme at:

· Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September, 1:10pm

· Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 1:30pm and 2:30pm

· Monday 16 September, 12:40pm, special 1 hour programme

Duke can be found on Channel 13 or Sky Channel 23. All this great Para swimming action will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.