Ashleigh McConnell

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Ashleigh McConnell
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Personal information
Full nameAshleigh McConnell
Nationality Australia
Born (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 23)
Melbourne, Victoria
ClassificationsS9, SB8, SM9
ClubMelbourne Vicentre
CoachKenrick Monk

Ashleigh Kate McConnell OAM (born 26 March 1996) is a limb deficient Paralympic swimmer of Australia. She won a gold medal at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1]


McConnell was born on 26 March 1996 Melbourne, Victoria.[2] She is missing her left forearm and left hand.[3] She attended Sunbury College.[4] In 2015, she is studying Business at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.[3]


McConnell started swimming at the age of four.[3] She is classified as a S9 swimmer.[3] She narrowly missed out on making the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.[4] At the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, she won a gold medal in the Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay 34 points.

Her goal has been to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[4] Her motto is "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get".[2]

In 2016, she is a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and coached by Brad Harris at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club.[2][3] She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Swimming Australia Paralympic Squad Announcement". Swimming Australia News, 13 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Ashleigh McConnell". Victorian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ashleigh McConnell". International Paralympic Comnmittee Swimming Athlete Biography. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Kennedy, Barry (21 April 2014). "Sunbury College swimming sensation aims for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games". Sunbury Leader. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  5. ^ "OAM Final Media Notes (M-R)" (PDF). Governor General of Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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