AJ Reynolds lived with chronic pain, depression and an addiction to prescription medication for two decades before bravely deciding to amputate her right leg through the knee. AJ hoped that this would improve her quality of life, and after discovering Para-canoe in 2012, she realised just how incredible her new trajectory could be.

AJ made her international debut at the 2014 International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where she won a bronze medal in the women’s kayak LTA. She won her first world title in 2015, and in doing so, all but secured a place on the Australian Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Time and again, AJ has shown why she is one of the best Para-canoeists in the world, and her first Paralympic appearance would be no different.

To prepare for Rio, AJ split her time between two states, trained on the …

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Date of birth
7 October 1971
Sport
Para-canoe
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right through-knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation due to complex regional pain syndrome
Residence
Macclesfield, VIC
Occupation
Equine masseuse, sports therapist
Started competing
2014
First competed for Australia
2014
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the women’s kayak KL3 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Dawn Fraser

Favourite quote
Anything is possible

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: Kayak Classification: KL3

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