Kayla Clarke

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Quick Facts

Intellectual disability
How acquired
Date of Birth
Tue, 06/08/1991
Silkstone, QLD
Swim instructor
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Leisel Jones
Career Highlights
Winning six national titles at the 2011 Australian Swimming Championships
Greatest Moment
Winning my first medal (silver in 100m backstroke) at 2010 Global Games, The Netherlands


Kayla Clarke has ensured everything in her life revolves around her passion for swimming. It is through this attitude and years of hard work that she stands ready to compete for gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Kayla first caught the eye of Australian swimming head coach Brendan Keogh at the 2009 Global Games in the Czech Republic when she dominated proceedings, winning eights medals including five gold. She followed it up with a haul of eight gold medals at the Disability Age Group nationals in Canberra before taking home seven medals at the 2010 National Championships. These stunning performances earned her the 2010 Ipswich News Young Star Sport award.

Despite seriously injuring her shoulder in 2010, Kayla still managed to dominate the 2010 Australian Short Course Championships, winning five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. She backed this up at the 2010 World Championships in the Netherlands, taking home a silver medal in the 100m backstroke.

Based on the Gold Coast, she is involved in programs both at the Australian Institute of Sport and Queensland Academy of Sport. When she is not swimming, Kayla activates her passion for coaching and is a swimming instructor at Goodna Aquatic Centre. She views Australian swimming champions Eamon Sullivan, Geoff Huegill and Leisel Jones as role models for her own swimming career and dreams of emulating her idols at London 2012.

Kayla is hopeful she can continue her impressive form all the way to the London Paralympic Games. She looked well on track at the 2011 National Championships, winning six titles, before she performed solidly at the Can AM’s in California, winning the 100m backstroke. After London 2012, she has her sights set on qualifying for able- bodied national squads.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: S14
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S14
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m freestyle
Classification: S14