Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Bilateral below knee limb loss
Date of Birth
June 8, 1995
Canberra, ACT
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the 200m individual medley at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Greatest Moment

The Australian women’s 4x100m relay team winning gold at London 2012


Jesse Aungles showed the world what he is made of at his first international competition, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he propelled himself to stardom by winning silver in the 200m backstroke.

Following this breakthrough performance, Jesse began 2015 with a splash when he broke the world record for the 200m backstroke to win gold at the Berlin Open.

Born with his right leg 10 per cent shorter than the other, and his left leg missing his fibula bone and ankle, Jesse had his left foot amputated and his hip reconstructed at the age of one.

Having started swimming at three-years-old as a form of rehabilitation, it was as an eight-years-old that he saw a future in the sport. After attending a Come and Try Day organised by Swimming South Australia, Jesse’s speeds, which were faster than many of the coaches, were instantly recognised and it wasn’t long before he started competing.

In 2012, he broke 16 national age records and two open records and was the top-ranked short course swimmer in the world in 2011 for the 50m backstroke. Two years later, the Adelaide native was invited to move to Canberra to start training at the Australian Institute of Sport with famed coach Yuriy Vdovychenko. With his skills progressing rapidly under Yuriy’s guidance, Jesse won bronze in the 400m freestyle at the Para Pan Pacific Games in California records.

Jesse represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in four events. He placed eighth in the final of the 400m freestyle, seventh in the 100m butterfly, seventh in the 100m backstroke and sixth in the 200m individual medley.

When training, Jesse turns to Australia’s most successful Paralympian Matt Cowdrey for inspiration. Having come from the same home club as Matt and having met his idol in the early years of his swimming career, Jesse has always regarded Matt as an influence.

Jesse aspires to follow in his footsteps in breaking multiple world records and meet his record of winning 23 Paralympic gold medals, and he also wants to be able to inspire Australia’s future Para-swimming stars, as Matt did for him.

While Jesse will always strive to emulate Matt’s success at London 2012, it is the gold medal won by the Australian women’s 4x100m relay team at the same Games that he considers to be his greatest sporting moment. He recalls Jacqueline Freney pushing herself to her limit in the final moments of the race and touching the wall only mere milliseconds ahead of the British team to claim a famous and emotional victory.

Jesse is currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Politics/Commerce degree and hopes to one day balance a successful career in swimming while working in politics. He also likes to participate in basketball, tennis and wheelchair tennis.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S8