From the moment Jamie-Lee Getson arrived earthside with her twin brother Patrick, 15 weeks prematurely, she has only known one speed. Fast.

And since deciding to pursue Para-swimming competitively in 2014, her rise in the sport has been meteoric.

Jamie-Lee made her international debut in 2018 at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Cairns, QLD, where she won a gold medal in the mixed 4x100m freestyle S14 with Paralympians Liam Schluter, Daniel Fox and Taylor Corry.

To race alongside such experienced competitors was the opportunity of a lifetime for Jamie-Lee, and she was a better swimmer because of it. So much so, that at last September’s World Para-swimming Championships in London, England, Jamie-Lee reached the final of the women’s 100m backstroke S14, placing sixth in 1:11.81.

This result is particularly significant given that Jamie-Lee’s ultimate goal in sport is not to win a Paralympic gold medal – or a medal …

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Date of birth
21 March 1999
Past Paralympic Games


Intellectual Impairment
How acquired
Premature birth
Harkness, VIC
Lifeguard at the Australian Institute of Sport
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the mixed 4x100m freestyle S14 at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Cairns, QLD

Heroes/role models
Favourite quote
Greatness takes time


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM14

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