Lakeisha “Lucky” Patterson has cerebral palsy, early-onset Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and micrographia. She took up swimming at the age of three as therapy for her legs – to ease her muscles and give her a good night’s rest.  Since taking up the sport however it became a passion rather than a medical treatment. In 2014, Patterson was readying herself for the Para Pan Pacs in August but gained an unexpected ticket to Glasgow after an injury to Paralympic champion Jacqueline Freney.  The youngest swimmer on the team, Patterson won bronze in the S8 100m freestyle, touching the wall in 1:08.98. Fellow Australian Maddison Elliott, also 15, won gold and set a new world record in the event (1:05.32), with silver going to England’s Stephanie Slater. Lakeisha went on to compete at the 2015 World Championships where won silver in the 50m freestyle and 4×100m medley relay 34 points and bronze… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
Sport
Swimming
Date of Birth
January 5, 1999
Home
Caboolture, QLD
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2013
First Competed for Australia
2014
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Ellie Cole and Jessica Long

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games & 2015 World Championships

Greatest Moment

Competing in the 4x100 medley relay at the 2015 World Championships

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S8
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S8