Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Left through knee limb loss
How acquired
Result of complex regional pain syndrome
Date of Birth
October 7, 1971
Varisty Lakes, QLD
Sports therapist / equine masseuse
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Best World Rank


Games Experience

Rio 2016


Dawn Fraser

Greatest Moment

Winning her first world titles at the 2015 Para-canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan, Italy


When Amanda Reynolds participated in the famous Murray Marathon Challenge with a friend in 2012, never did she think she would catch the “paddle bug” and embark on a career in the new Paralympic sport of Para-canoe, and win silver in the Rio 2016 Paralmypic Games.

After paddling 404km over five days, the then 41-year-old discovered two new things about herself; a love for the water and a passion for challenging herself and pushing her own boundaries. Soon after, Amanda joined the Sherbooke Knox Canoe Club in Melbourne and it wasn’t long before she set herself a new challenge; making the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Twelve months later, Amanda stepped foot at the 2014 ICF Para-canoe Sprint World Championships where she won bronze on both her international and World Championships debut in the KL3 200m final.

Leading in the 2015 World Championships, Amanda used her success motivate her to train, and in continuing her stellar rise in her sport, she converted her bronze to a gold medal and secured an all-important qualification spot for Australia at Rio 2016.

While Amanda may have only discovered Para-sport in her forties, she says it has given her a new sense of confidence and a better quality of life.  Although she had her leg amputated through the knee in 2012, Amanda lived with chronic pain, depression and addiction to prescription medication for nearly 20 years following

complications from a dislocated knee. In reflecting her life after the amputation, she says that everybody has the opportunity to better their quality of life but it takes courage to take those leaps.

Having turned her life around, Amanda now lives by the manta that anything is possible by being the best you can be and loving what you do. The advice, passed on by her grandmother is something she hopes to pass on to her two sons and other young children with disabilities, and believes her success as an athlete will help her achieve this.

Looking ahead to Rio, Amanda now splits her time between her home in Melbourne and Varsity Lakes, where her coach Andrea King is based. To become the best athletes she can be, she trains with a personal trainer twice a week, Pilates sessions three times a week and trains on the water each day.

Hailing from Macclesfield in regional Victoria, Amanda is an equine masseuse and a sports therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding with her children and husband and riding her motorbike.

Amanda also works closely with Sail to See, a charity that helps young athletes develop their paddling skills. Paddling 100km over four days every other year, Amanda hopes her efforts will not only promote the sport, but help her in her effort to achieve her ultimate goal in life; to be there to help others and make a difference.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Canoe Disciplines: 200m sprint Classification: KL3