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Cameron Leslie

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
3.0

Further personal information

Residence
Whangarei, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Director, Sports Administrator
Languages
Maori, English
Higher education
Communications - Auckland University of Technology: New Zealand

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"For me it is all about the shared journey. I also swim for New Zealand since 2006. The team aspect of all chasing one goal is something I really enjoy. It's an awesome sport [wheelchair rugby] and is really spectator-friendly so it's also just a cool sport in general."
Club / Team
Whangarei Swimming Club: New Zealand

General interest

Nicknames
Camo [like New Zealand All Black rugby player Ian 'Kamo' Jones, as they both come from the same city]. (london2012.com, 01 Jun 2012; wheelblacks.com, 02 Sep 2019)
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 that he does before each event which 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 has represented New Zealand in Para swimming, and competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games winning gold at each Games in the SM4 150m individual medley. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 16 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital limb deficiency that resulted in all four of his limbs not fully developing. (tvnz.co.nz, 26 Aug 2008)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He serves as the director of BeefCo, a company based in Northland, New Zealand. In January 2020 he was appointed an intern board member for Sport New Zealand [NZ]. "I've been fortunate to be involved at all levels of sport, from grassroots to elite sport. I will strive to do the most I can with this experience in governance and contributing to the important work of Sport NZ." In August 2016 he was appointed as a committee member for New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby, a role he served until December 2018. In 2009 while at university, he was appointed Disabilities Affairs Officer of the Auckland Student Movement at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; newmediajournalism.aut.ac.nz, 01 Mar 2010)

NATIONAL COORDINATOR
In September 2018 he was appointed National Para Swimming Development Coordinator by Swimming New Zealand. "I do think I am in a unique position where I am still competing as an athlete and am able to work in a role like this, it's the best of both worlds. I am extremely passionate about giving back to Para sport in New Zealand." (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; stuff.co.nz, 05 Jun 2019; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 11 Sep 2018)

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