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Paige Leonhardt



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport while she was undergoing therapy and rehabilitation, and soon discovered that she loved it.
Club / Team
University of Queensland Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
David Heyden [club]; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Competing for

General interest

PB Machine (, 16 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt, Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard, play fair. Be brave in your attempt." (, 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received the Junior Sportsperson award at the Port Macquarie Hastings Sports Awards. (, 01 Jan 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Oct 2018)
At age five she was involved in a car accident in which she was thrown from the vehicle. As a result, she has paralysis on one side of her body, intracranial hypertension [a headache syndrome], epilepsy and autism. During several years of recovery she underwent spinal taps and operations to remove fluid from her brain. (, 2016)
Other information
In 2018 she said she would expand her selection of events ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, following encouragement from coach Rob van der Zant. "I've never really swum the 400m freestyle in my life and Rob wants me to do that heading into Tokyo 2020. I've always said no to events I don't want to do or events I know that I'm slow at. Now I'm doing them because younger people are starting to come through and I need to change up my events so I can be an all-rounder and possibly podium in many events and not just one." (, 03 Oct 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2016-09-08 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-09 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2016-09-10 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2016-09-11 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2016-09-12 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-13 6