Jessica Ashwood

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Jessica Ashwood
Personal information
Nickname(s) Jess
Nationality  Australia
Born (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 21)
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Chandler
Coach Vince Raleigh

Jessica Ashwood (born 28 April 1993) is an Australian swimmer. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming in the 800m freestyle event.


Ashwood was born in Sydney.[1] She is from Padstow,[2] New South Wales.[3] Her grandmother is a swimming coach.[1] She attended Regina Coeli Beverly Hills before going to high school at MLC Sydney, Burwood.[1] As of 2012, she lives in Sydney.[1]

Ashwood is 173 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall and weighs 64 kilograms (141 lb).[1]


Ashwood is a swimmer, specialising in the 800m freestyle event.[1] As a four-year-old, she started swimming.[1] In 2012, she was training with Hayden Hadler, Daniel Arnamnart, James Magnussen and Daniel Tranter.[4] She was coached by Jon Shaw from 2009 to 2010. Brant Best became her coach in 2010 and was her coach as of 2012.[1] She is a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and has a swimming scholarship with the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[1]

At a 2009 transtasman swimming meet, Ashwood beat Kiwi Phoebe Williams to finish first in the 800m freestyle event.[5] At the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, she lost to Kelly Marquenie in the women's 800m freestyle event.[6] She finished second in the women's 400m freestyle event.[7] At the 2011 Queensland State Championships, she came in second in the women's 800m freestyle event, finishing seven seconds behind the winner.[3][8] 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.[9] At the 2011 World Swimming Championships, in her national team debut, she did not make it out of the semifinals in the 1,500m.[10][11] At the 2011 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, she finished third in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:12.47.[12] At the 2012 Australian National Championships, she finished second in the women's 800m freestyle with a time of 8:27.97.[13] As an eighteen-year-old,[2] she was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming in the 800m freestyle event[1][14] in what were her first Games.[2][4] Australia Post in Padstow set up a mailbox at her local office where people could leave her messages.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "London 2012 - Jessica Ashwood". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Australia Post backing our Games athletes". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b Name: (will appear on website) (2011-12-14). "Goldman blasts back to scorching best Gold Coast Sport". Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ a b "James Magnussen is soaking up the pressure with a confidence that's infectious". The Australian. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  5. ^ McMurran, Alistair (2009-07-13). "Swimming: St Hildas pupil ends series in style". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Aussies lap up gold in AYOF swim finals". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Australia claims more gold at AYOF". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Seebohm getting back to her best". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Seebohm battles into world swim champs". Sydneyt: Sydney Morning Herald. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Seebohm, Jones inspired by relay win". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  11. ^ "Geoff Huegill given reprieve as selection standard relaxed". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Swimming: Kiwi grabs record-breaking gold". Auckland: NZ Herald. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  13. ^ Liam FitzGibbon (2012-03-21). "Huegill comeback falls short". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  14. ^ "Swimming Magnussen lands sprint double". Channel NewsAsia. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 

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