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 …Read More