When Paige Leonhardt was five years old, she was in a car accident in which she was thrown from the car. Her injuries from the accident were severe, requiring four years of recovery with spinal taps, MRIs and operations to remove fluid from her brain. She had haemorrages behind the eyes and now suffers from drusens, yellow deposits under the retinas.

She continues to suffer hemiplegia on her right side as well as intacraneal hypertension, epilepsy and autism.

She started swimming when she was 12 years old when she was undergoing therapy. She started competing through school with able-bodied athletes and for the last three years has been coached by Michael Mullins.

A breaststroke specialist, in 2014 Paige competed at the Australian Championships at the age of 13. Competing in the open multi-class 50m breaststroke she took home the bronze medal. At the Australian Age Championships that followed she took …

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Date of birth
21 September 2000
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Car accident
Residence
Port Macquarie, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2012
First competed for Australia
2015
Sport career highlights

Winning Gold at the 100m breaststroke at 2014 Australian Age Championships

Heroes/role models

Ryley Batt

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m buterfly Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S10

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