Before Ahmed Kelly became a two-time Paralympian, he was living in an orphange in Baghdad, Iraq, with his brother Emmanuel. Both had been exposed to chemical weapons in utero and were born with severely underdeveloped limbs.

In 1998, Ahmed and Emmanuel met humanitarian worker Moira Kelly, who adopted the brothers and took them home with her to Australia to receive medical treatment.

Ahmed underwent surgery to remove his legs below the knees, and his inspiring recovery soon led him to his first sporting love, Aussie Rules football. He joined his local team in Kilmore, VIC, and quickly earned the nickname ‘Nails’ because of his ‘tough as nails’ style of play. When he found Para-swimming, it became ‘Liquid Nails’, as he tackled the pool with that same intensity.

Ahmed made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Cheering him on were his adoptive sisters, conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna, …

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Date of birth
18 November 1991
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Double below-elbow and below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Congenital (through exposure to chemical weapons in utero)
Brunswick East, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Achieving selection to the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team

Greatest sporting moments

Watching Australia win gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle 34 Points at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

His mum, Grant 'Scooter' Patterson, Jesse Aungles

Favourite quote
Live every moment as if it is your last


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m backstroke Classification: S4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m breaststroke Classification: SB3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 150m individual medley Classification: SM4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m freestyle Classification: S4

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