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PATTERSON Lakeisha
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age19
Place of BirthWodonga, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Caboolture, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
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.
Club / Team
Yeronga Park Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
Rick Van Der Zant [club]; Brendan Keogh [national]
Training Regime
She trains at the Paralympic Performance Centre at the University of Sunshine Coast in Sippy Downs, QLD, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Location
Brazil
General Interest
Nicknames
Lucky (caboolturenews.com.au, 05 Aug 2015)
Hobbies
Teaching children with an impairment how to swim. (sportingdreams.org.au, 05 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (futurestategreats.com.au, 22 Jun 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make it happen." (sportingdreams.org.au, 05 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 she was awarded 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)
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