Sophie Pascoe with Tony Smith
The remarkable life, the amazing talents of New Zealand Paralympian Sophie Pascoe make for a story of hope and heart that every Kiwi family should take on board.
Barely out of her teens Pascoe has, with co-writer Tony Smith, shaped a compelling autobiography that traces around her family history and their feelings on her incredible successes and her life coping as an amputee. It also, of course, gives us Sophie’s story: her feelings, her understanding of the events in her life to date. The book’s title tells us that she considers the lawnmower accident that took her leg a lucky break.
There’s humour in this story, there’s a candidness, and there’s so much heart and energy.
Pascoe has represented New Zealand and won multiple gold medals at both the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games and last year’s 2012 London Paralympic Games. She has broken records and, as a result, is a name on the international sporting scene.
Her book celebrates those triumphs, but this Kiwi battler is modest, earnest and focused. Not for her the swollen-head story of success, this is a tale of hard work, determination, grit; of overcoming odds.
It’s an underdog story – but it’s also one that provides practical information as well as inspiration.
Well, the start of that study is here with a wonderful book that gets to the soul of a very talented young woman. An inspiration to many.
Her co-author, Tony Smith, a talented sports journalist with some 30 years of experience, has shaped this story into an exciting book, there’s nail-biting moments in recapping the famous victories, there’s drama and heartbreak, there’s a skilful handling of voices as we hear from Pascoe’s family.
A remarkable story to take in at any time of the year, sure, but also – in a page-turning sense – it’s a great summer read.