Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
September 21, 2000
Port Macquarie, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Ryley Batt

Career Highlights

Winning Gold at the 100m breaststroke at 2014 Australian Age Championships


When Paige Leonhardt was five years old, she was in a car accident in which she was thrown from the car. Her injuries from the accident were severe, requiring four years of recovery with spinal taps, MRIs and operations to remove fluid from her brain. She had haemorrages behind the eyes and now suffers from drusens, yellow deposits under the retinas.

She continues to suffer hemiplegia on her right side as well as intacraneal hypertension, epilepsy and autism.

She started swimming when she was 12 years old when she was undergoing therapy. She started competing through school with able-bodied athletes and for the last three years has been coached by Michael Mullins.

A breaststroke specialist, in 2014 Paige competed at the Australian Championships at the age of 13. Competing in the open multi-class 50m breaststroke she took home the bronze medal. At the Australian Age Championships that followed she took gold in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

At the 2015 Australian Open Championships she won bronze in the multi-class 50m breaststroke as well as making the final of the 100m breaststroke. At the 2015 Australian Age Championships she won silver in the 50m breaststroke as well as bronze in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle,

Paige is inspired by swimmers Cameron McEvoy and Michael Phelps. Swimming is in Paige’s blood – her grandmother was friends with Dawn Fraser.

Paige is family friends with Paralympic wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt and lists him among her idols.

It is the dream of the young Port Macquarie swimmer to go to three Paralympics and win gold in all of them. She would also like to be a successful vet and have a TV show called Port Macquarie Vet.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m buterfly Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S10