Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral paraparesis
Sport
Canoe
How acquired
Autoimmune disease
Date of Birth
August 2, 1995
Home
Bedford Park, SA
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2015
First Competed for Australia
2016
Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2016 Australian National Championships

Bio

Jocelyn Neumuller exceeded her own expectations when she qualified for the Paralympic Games, and again when she placed fifth on debut.

Sports-mad Jocelyn played soccer, basketball and badminton throughout her childhood, and as a teenager, was introduced to sailing, in which she won several national titles.

In 2012, she was diagnosed a rare autoimmune disease which resulted in partial lower limb paralysis, and sport played a major role in her recovery as she adjusted to life in a wheelchair. During rehabilitation, she began participating in wheelchair basketball and Sailability, a national program for budding sailors with a disability.

Towards the end of 2015, a member of the West Lakes Canoe Club recognised Jocelyn’s potential in Para-canoe and she transitioned to kayaking.

The Bedford Park local saw immediate success, winning gold at the 2016 Australian National Championships and reaching the final of the 200m sprint at the 2016 ICF Para-canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.

When she isn’t on the water or playing wheelchair basketball recreationally, she is studying a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University. Jocelyn has decided to major in immunology research, so that she can help others with autoimmune diseases.

She is also involved in Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, a peer-to-peer support program for young people living with a disability, and volunteers with Sailability as an instructor, looking to introduce as many people to Para-sport as possible.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Canoe Disciplines: 200m Sprint Classification: KL1