Comm Games gold medallist Sophie Pascoe moving to UK to find the extra 'one per cent' she desires for Tokyo Olympics

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 won the women's SM10 individual medley and had to be assisted by staff after a post match interview. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth 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.

The Kiwi para swimmer added another gold to her collection with victory in the SB9 breaststroke final. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

"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.

Pascoe won two golds, the women's SB9 100m final and the women's SM10 200m individual medley final at the Gold Coast Games. Source: 1 NEWS

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.

The Kiwi flagbearer couldn't hide her joy as she shared the raw emotion of the moment in a live Facebook interview. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

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