It took Jesse Aungles just one international appearance to prove to the world that he had what it took to become a Paralympic champion.

A breakthrough performance in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games was followed by a world record in the men’s 200m backstroke S8 in 2015. Together, these results struck fear into even his most experienced opponents, who were each striving for a place on the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Jesse achieved his long-held dream of becoming a Paralympian in 2016, and while a medal was just out of reach with sixth in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8, seventh in the men’s 100m backstroke S8 and men’s 100m butterfly S8, and eighth in the men’s 400m freestyle S8, he gained the international experience he needed to return to the world stage and compete like never before.

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Date of birth
8 June 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Left foot loss and right below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Birth complications
How acquired
Congenital, and amputation as a result of a congenital limb deficiency
Bruce, ACT
Athlete, student
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Greatest sporting moments

Australia winning the women’s 4x100m medley 34 Points at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Matt Cowdrey

Favourite quote
If - a poem by Rudyard Kipling


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S8

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