Quick Facts

Vision impairment – Stargardts macular dystrophy
How acquired
Cottesloe, WA
Clinical psychologist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Cathy Freeman and Kieran Perkins

Career Highlights

Being selected for the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team


Perth-based Para-rower Davinia Lefroy helped to create Australian history, when in 2016 she and the LTA Mixed Coxed Four qualified Australia’s first ever boat in the class for the Paralympic Games. Not only was this a milestone for Australian rowing, it was Davinia’s first international regatta.

Davinia was 11-years-old when she was diagnosed with stargart macular dystrophy. Causing gradual deterioration of her central sight, she can now only see with her peripheral vision.

A rower throughout her high school years, she was approached by Australian Senior Para-rowing coach Gordon Marcks to trial for the Australian LTA Mixed Coxed Fours. Having never come across Para-rowing before, Davinia jumped at the opportunity  and has discovered a supportive and enabling community, which she believes is an important network when competing at an elite level with different disability types.

Davinia counts being selected for the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team as her greatest sporting moment to date. She says it feels like an honour and privilege to represent her country at the pinnacle event of her sport.  She is nervous, excited and impatient for the Games, as she knows it is nothing like she has ever experienced before.

Outside of rowing, Davinia works as a clinical psychologist. She also enjoys spending her time practicing yoga, walking her dog and drinking coffee. Her favourite holiday destination is Croatia, and her ultimate goal in life is to find contentment.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Rowing Disciplines: LTA Mixed Coxed Four Classification: LTA – VI (B3)