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PATTERSON Lakeisha
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthWodonga, AUS
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Caboolture, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Architecture - University of Queensland: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a form of physical therapy in order to negate body stiffness issues associated with her condition. She was later inspired to begin competing after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I saw all these amazing athletes compete who have already overcome so many obstacles in their life and they are absolutely smashing it."
Club / Team
Lawnton Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
Harley Connolly [club]
Training Regime
She trains in the pool 10 times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Location
Brazil
General Interest
Nicknames
Lucky (caboolturenews.com.au, 05 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and establishing a new world record at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (futurestategreats.com.au, 22 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Jessica Long. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
During competitions she wears a ring with the word 'luck' on it, and green emerald earrings. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make it happen." (sportingdreams.org.au, 05 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
In October 2017 she received the Mrs. Gina Rinehart Patron Award from the Queensland Academy of Sport in Australia. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 30 Oct 2017)

In January 2017 she was given 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. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

She received the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Swimmer of the Year Awards in Australia. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 07 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2014 Junior Female Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (swimming.org.au, 26 Nov 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, micrographia and early onset Parkinson's disease. (futurestategreats.com.au, 22 Jun 2014; quest.newspaperdirect.com, 27 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 400m Freestyle S8 4:40.33
8 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:18.99
2 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.08
4 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:18.27 
2 2016 50m Freestyle S8 30.13 
1 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:16.65 WR
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:45.22 
2 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:45.85
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.05
1 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:24.17
3 2015 400m Freestyle S8 5:04.17
5 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:24.08
2 2015 50m Freestyle S8 31.62
2 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.88
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.98
1 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:03.02
1 2018 50m Freestyle S8 30.14