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Cameron Leslie

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Two children
Occupation
Athlete, Sports Administrator
Languages
Maori, English
Higher education
Communications - Auckland University of Technology: New Zealand

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
"I took up swimming so I could learn water safety."
Club / Team
Whangarei Swimming Club: New Zealand

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
New Zealand

General interest

Nicknames
Camo [like New Zealand rugby union player Ian 'Kamo' Jones, as they both come from the same city], Cam (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jul 2021; wheelblacks.com, 02 Sep 2019; london2012.com, 01 Jun 2012)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, fishing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the SM4 150m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; stuff.co.nz, 05 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Simon Mayne. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para swimmer Hamish McLean. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He has a set routine before he competes that helps him relax. (wheelblacks.com, 02 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Ina te mahi, he rangitira" [What you put in is what you get out]. (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to swimming. (gg.govt.nz, 31 Mar 2009)

In 2008 he received the New Zealand University Blues Award for Maori Sportsperson of the Year. (newmediajournalism.aut.ac.nz, 01 Mar 2010)

He was named the 2008 Male Athlete of the Year by the Auckland University of Technology. (paralympics.org.nz, 01 Jun 2012)

He has also been declared New Zealand Disabled Maori Sportsperson of the Year, Te Tai Tokerau Supreme Award Winner, and Te Tai Tokerau Open Male Sportsman of the Year. (paralympics.org.nz, 01 Jun 2012)
Other sports
He represented New Zealand in wheelchair rugby at the world championships in 2010, 2014, and 2018. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jul 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jul 2021)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital limb deficiency. All four of his limbs did not fully develop. (tvnz.co.nz, 26 Aug 2008)
Other information
TOKYO WITHDRAWAL
He was named in New Zealand's swimming and wheelchair rugby squads for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but withdrew from the Games with his wife due to give birth to their second child shortly before the event. "It has been a hard decision. It was always going to be difficult to be away from them at that time. However, with current circumstances [the COVID-19 pandemic], I am very aware I would not be able to get home quickly should something happen that concerns me. Family means a lot to me, and it is an exciting time as our little family is growing." (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jul 2021)

OCCUPATION
In 2018 he began working as disability and Para swimming participation manager at Swimming New Zealand. In January 2020 he was appointed as an intern board member for Sport New Zealand. In August 2016 he was appointed as a committee member for New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby, a role he served until December 2018. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; stuff.co.nz, 05 Jun 2019; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 11 Sep 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as the director of BeefCo, a company based in Northland, New Zealand. In 2009 while at university, he was appointed Disabilities Affairs Officer of the Auckland Student Movement at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; newmediajournalism.aut.ac.nz, 01 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 8
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heats 10
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 10
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 9
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-09-01 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2012-09-06 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 3 2012-09-06 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2013-08-14 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2015-07-13 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2015-07-17 8
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final 1 2015-07-17 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 8
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2016-09-12 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 8