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Pascoe misses out on Laureus sports award

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/02/2017

Double gold medalist, Sophie Pascoe. © Getty Images Double gold medalist, Sophie Pascoe. Pascoe in action. © Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images Pascoe in action.

An Italian fencer has denied New Zealand para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe a prize in her category at the Laureus world sports awards in Monaco.

Pascoe was one of six finalists for the sportsperson of the year with a disability after claiming three gold medals and two silvers at the Rio Paralympics.

In the process, the 24-year-old became New Zealand's most successful Paralympian, with a total of nine golds and six silvers.

However, an international judging panel awarded the gong to 19-year-old wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio, who won gold in Rio.

It was the second near-miss in the space of a week for Pascoe.

She missed out on the disabled sportsperson of the year prize at New Zealand's Halberg Awards. Track sprinter Liam Malone was crowned the winner.

Last year, the All Blacks became the first New Zealanders to win a Laureus award when the World Cup-winning side were named team of the year.

First five-eighth Dan Carter also earned the comeback of the year award.

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