Born in 1991 with significant disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage where he spent the majority of the first seven years of his life. Then in 1998, he met Moira Kelly from the Children’s First Foundation who brought Ahmed and his brother Emmanuel, also born with limb deficiencies, to Australia for medical treatment. After undergoing surgery to remove the deformed sections of his lower legs, Ahmed learned to walk with the use of prostheses and before long, he began to run. His inspiring recovery soon led him to his first sporting love, Aussie Rules football. He joined his local team in Kilmore, Victoria and quickly earned the nickname ‘Nails’ because of his ‘hard as nails’ style of play. When he jumped in the pool, his nickname became to ‘Liquid Nails’ as he tackled the sport with the same approach. His toughness, skill and… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Double arm and leg deficiency
Date of Birth
November 18, 1991
Brunswick East, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016


His mother Moira Kelly and Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson

Career Highlights

His selection for the London 2012 Paralympic team

Greatest Moment

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

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 50m breaststroke Classification: SB3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 150m individual medley Classification: SM4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 50m backstroke Classification: S4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S4