28 April 1993 |
|Height||173 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) (2012)|
|Weight||64 kilograms (141 lb) (2012)|
|Event(s)||800m Freestyle — Women|
Nicknamed Jess, Ashwood was born on 28 April 1993 in Sydney. She is from Padstow, New South Wales. Her grandmother is a swimming coach. She attended Regina Coeli Beverly Hills before going to high school at MLC Sydney, Burwood. As of 2012[update], she lives in Sydney.
Ashwood is 173 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall and weighs 64 kilograms (141 lb).
Ashwood is a swimmer, specialising in the 800m freestyle event. As a four-year-old, she started swimming. In 2012, she was training with Hayden Hadler, Daniel Arnamnart, James Magnussen and Daniel Tranter. She was coached by Jon Shaw from 2009 to 2010. Brant Best became her coach in 2010 and was her coach as of 2012. She is a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and has a swimming scholarship with the New South Wales Institute of Sport.
At a 2009 transtasman swimming meet, Ashwood beat Kiwi Phoebe Williams to finish first in the 800m freestyle event. At the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, she lost to Kelly Marquenie in the women's 800m freestyle event. She finished second in the women's 400m freestyle event. At the 2011 Queensland State Championships, she came in second in the women's 800m freestyle event, finishing seven seconds behind the winner. At the 2011 National Championships, with a time of 16:14.47, she finished second in the 1500m freestyle which secured her a spot on the national team going to the World Championships. At the 2011 World Swimming Championships, in her national team debut, she did not make it out of the semifinals in the 1,500m. At the 2011 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, she finished third in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:12.47. At the 2012 Australian National Championships, she finished second in the women's 800m freestyle with a time of 8:27.97. As an eighteen-year-old, she was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming in the 800m freestyle event in what were her first Games. Australia Post in Padstow set up a mailbox at her local office where people could leave her messages.
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