Ashleigh McConnell soared to Paralympic glory at her first Paralympic Games in Rio, when she and her 4 x 100m freestyle relay team mates finished their race in world record time. Ecstatic with the result and her contribution to the team, she says winning gold alongside some of her fellow team mates and closest friends has been her sports career highlight to date. Ashleigh was born without her left hand or forearm.  When she was four-years-old she learned to swim in the hope it would encourage her older sister to learn as well. She also played basketball and did karate and dance, preferring to balance multiple sports at one time. Ashleigh was first selected to represent Australia at the 2010 Arafura Games in Darwin, and was a stand-out at the 2013 GHSF Australian Age Multi-class Championships in Adelaide, where she accumulated seven age champion titles. Ashleigh came within 0.12 seconds… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Below elbow limb deficiency
Sport
Swimming
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
March 26, 1996
Home
Sunbury, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Ellie Cole and Matthew Cowdrey

Career Highlights

Gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9