Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Bilateral below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation as a result of a congenital limb deficiency
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 medley relay team winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games


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 individual medley.

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 the fibula bone and ankle, Jesse had his left foot amputated and his hip reconstructed as a one-year-old.

After attending a Come and Try Day hosted by Swimming South Australia in 2003, Jesse began competing in swimming, culminating in him being named the top-ranked short course swimmer in the world in the 50m backstroke in 2011.

In 2012 he broke 16 national age records and two open records, and two years later he was invited to relocate from Adelaide to Canberra to start training at the Australian Institute of Sport with famed coach Yuriy Vdovychenko, under whom he won 400m freestyle bronze at the 2014 Para Pan Pacific Games in California, USA.

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

During training he looks to Australia’s most successful Paralympian, Adelaide boy Matt Cowdrey for inspiration, striving to emulate his enviable five gold medal haul at the London 2012 Games.

He also admires the Australian women’s 4x100m medley relay team that won gold in London, recalling superstar Jacqueline Freney pushing herself to her limit in the final moments of the race to finish just three milliseconds ahead of second-placed Great Britain.

Jesse is currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Politics/Commerce degree, working towards balancing a successful career in swimming and politics.

In his spare time he enjoys playing 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