Cameron Leslie

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Cameron Leslie
Personal information
Born (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 28)
Whangarei, New Zealand
Sport Swimming
Classifications S5, SB3, SM4
Club North Shore Swimming Club
Leslie in front at the 2012 Summer Paralympics Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4 swimming final.

Cameron Leslie MNZM (born 17 January 1990)[1] is a New Zealand paralympics swimmer, most notable for his performance at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, winning a gold medal in the men's 150 m individual medley, in which his time of 2:33.57 broke the previous world record by over a second.[2]

Leslie was a student at Auckland University of Technology and has a quadruple limb deficiency. In 2008 Leslie said he may leave swimming to play wheelchair rugby in later games,[3] but he did not realise that plan.

Instead, he returned for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, again winning a gold medal in men's 150 m individual medley, and beating his own world record with the time 2:25.98.[4]

In 2013, Leslie won the gold medal in the men's 150 m individual medley, and a bronze medal in the men's 50 m backstroke, at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.[5][6]

Of Māori descent, Leslie affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi.[7]


  1. ^ "Paralympic Athletes - Swimming". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  2. ^ McBeth, John (15 September 2008). "Leslie records golden swim". One Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Paralympics: Latest Kiwi news". One Sport. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jess (7 September 2012). "Golden glow for Leslie". Auckland Now. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kiwi medal tally contin". Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Live Results: 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships". 17 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "43 Māori athletes to head to Rio Olympics". Te Karere. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.