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Ashleigh McConnell

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Partner Rheed McCracken
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT] University: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming in the hope that it would encourage her older sister to learn as well.
Club / Team
Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Ash (Twitter profile, 25 Mar 2015; Melton Swimming Club, 01 Jul 2012; Facebook profile, 13 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Melton Swimming Club, 01 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmers Ellie Cole and Matthew Cowdrey, Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan. (vis.org.au, 2012; paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get." [Michael Phelps] (vis.org.au, 2012; alchetron.com, 07 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 she received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of her winning a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (heraldsun.com.au, 26 Jan 2017; paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Rheed McCracken has represented Australia in wheelchair racing. He won silver in the men's T34 100m at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and at the 2013, 2017 and 2019 world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 20 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 17 Jun 2021; paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Impairment
She was born without a left forearm. (Twitter profile, 30 Apr 2013; paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017; alchetron.com, 07 Apr 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2015-07-13 12
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-14 9
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-16 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2015-07-19 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-12 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-13 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 1