Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left through knee limb loss
Sport
Canoe
How acquired
Amputation due to complex regional pain syndrome
Date of Birth
October 7, 1971
Home
Varisty Lakes, QLD
Occupation
Sports therapist and equine masseuse
Started Competing
2014
First Competed for Australia
2014
Best World Rank

1

Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Dawn Fraser

Greatest Moment

Winning her first world title at the 2015 Para-canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan

Bio

When Amanda Reynolds participated in the Murray Marathon Challenge with a friend in 2012, never did she think she would catch the “paddle bug” and embark on a career in Para-canoe, let alone win silver at a Paralympic Games.

Paddling 404km over five days, the then 41-year-old discovered a love for the water and a passion for pushing her own boundaries. As a result, she joined the Sherbrooke Knox Canoe Club in Melbourne and 12 months later made her international debut at the 2014 ICF Paracanoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, where she won bronze.

At the World Championships in Milan the following year, Amanda won her first world title and in doing so, secured a spot in the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team.

In preparation for the Games, she split her time between her home in Melbourne and Varsity Lakes, where coach Andrea King is based. She also worked with a personal trainer twice a week, did Pilates three times a week, and trained on the water every day.

The mum-of-two lived with chronic pain, depression and an addiction to prescription medication for nearly 20 years due to complex regional pain syndrome, eventually opting to have her leg amputated in 2012. This brave decision led her to Paralympic sport, which she says gave her a newfound confidence and better quality of life.

Amanda lives by the mantra that anything is possible if you be your very best and love what you do. The advice, passed on to her by her grandmother, is something she hopes to instil in her sons and children with disabilities.

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

Amanda 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 both promote the sport and help her to achieve her ultimate goal in life – to make a difference in others’ lives.

Sports & Disciplines

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