Kiwi swimming icon Sophie Pascoe is leaving New Zealand to better prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
Newsroom reports Pascoe has opted to move to the UK, leaving behind her support team, coach, friends and family as she pursues the extra "one per cent" she needs to succeed at the 2020 Games.
Pascoe is moving to Nottingham, England next week where she will spend just under four months away from everything she knows.
"I'm doing this to really challenge myself, to put myself outside my comfort zone," says Pascoe. "I've always lived in Christchurch. I've always had the same core support team around me – and believe me, they are the best support team in the world.
"When I wake up in the morning, I know everything that's going to happen to me. I know everyone I'm going to see, and I know exactly the responses I will get. But now I'm not going to be in that position anymore. I'm doing this to get that extra one per cent mentally."
Pascoe chose Nottingham so she could continue her preparations with one of Britain's most successful Paralympians, Ollie Hynd, and his coach Glenn Smith.
The 15-time Paralympic medallist won gold medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month.
She was also named New Zealand's flag bearer for the opening ceremony on the Gold Coast.