Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Cerebral paraparesis
How acquired
Autoimmune disease
Date of Birth
August 2, 1995
Bedford Park, SA
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2016 Australian National Championships


Having set a goal of reaching the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Jocelyn Neumueller surpassed her sporting expectations when she qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the 2016 Para-canoe Sprint World Championships.

With an avid passion for sport, Jocelyn played soccer, basketball and badminton throughout her childhood, and as a teenager, was introduced to sailing. Having grown up in Victor Harbor in South Australia, it came as no surprise when she fostered a love of being on the water.

In 2012 Jocelyn became ill with a rare autoimmune disease which resulted in partial paralysis in her lower limbs. Sport played a major role in her recovery as she adjusted to life as a wheelchair user. While undergoing rehabilitation, she began participating in Wheelchair Basketball, and Sailability, a national program for budding sailors with a disability, which allowed her to continue competing in the sport she had grown to love.

It wasn’t until a member of the West Lakes Canoe Club saw Jocelyn at the local Aquatics Centre in 2015 and noticed her potential in Para-Canoe, that Jocelyn was invited to try the sport.

Already an accomplished sailor, with a string of gold medals from national events, Jocelyn made the transition to kayaking at the end of 2015.

Jocelyn saw immediate success, winning gold in the 2016 Nationals and qualifying to compete at the World Championships where she made her way to the final. Finishing 8th in the 200m canoe sprint, the result qualified for her nomination to represent Australia at Rio 2016.

When she isn’t on the water or playing wheelchair basketball recreationally, she can be found studying for her Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University. Jocelyn has chosen to major in immunology research, so she can help others with autoimmune diseases.

Jocelyn is also involved in Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, a peer-to-peer support program for young people living with a disability between the ages of 11 and 18. She continues to volunteer with Sailability as an instructor, and hopes to introduce as many people to Para-sport as possible.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Canoe Disciplines: 200m Sprint Classification: KL1