Ashleigh McConnell etched her name in Paralympic history at her first Paralympic Games in 2016, when she and her women’s 4x100m freestyle relay 34 Points teammates – Ellie Cole, Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson – won gold in world record time.

Despite this success, the early years of Ashleigh’s career had been marred by painful near misses. She came within 0.12 seconds of the qualifying time for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and narrowly missed selection to the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

But these setbacks only made Ashleigh more determined, and in 2015, she made her international debut at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where she won a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m freestyle 34 Points.

As well as winning gold in the freestyle relay at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Ashleigh also reached the finals of the women’s 50m freestyle S9 and …

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Date of birth
26 March 1996
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Below-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Sunbury, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2006
First competed for Australia
2015
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the women’s 4x100m freestyle 34 Points at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and a bronze medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S9 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, QLD

Heroes/role models

Ellie Cole, Matt Cowdrey

Favourite quote
You have to be odd to be number one - Dr. Seuss

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9

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