17th April 2015

14 year old swimming superstar and AMANZI Girl, Paige Leonhardt, is well on her way to making it to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics after a huge week of personal bests and podium placings at Australian Championships last week.┬áPaige, who suffered an irrecoverable brain injury in 2006 after a car accident, has not let this… more »

1st April 2014

Our three Australian AMANZI Swimmers Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson and Paige Leonhardt are up for an exciting week of racing at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane. The meet is also the trial for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games so make sure you tune into ONE everynight from 6.30pm local time to catch all the… more »

11th March 2014

Recently three of our AMANZI Girls competed at the NSW State Open Championships, held in Sydney Australia and came away brilliant results. Emma McKeon had a stand out meet winning two gold medals in the 100m (53.80) and 200m (1.56.23) Freestyle. McKeon posted a world class time in the 200m free, which would have placed… more »

See more news about Paige Leonhardt on the AMANZI Blog.



What got you started

I started to notice lots of my friends doing swimming so I gave it a go and over some time I got good at it.

How do you set your goals?

By training hard.

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?

Love it, live it, do it.

What is your biggest source of motivation?

My coaches because they give me hard training but that's what I need to become a strong swimmer.


Favourite place to train and why?

Port Macquarie Town Pool

Favourite training sessions?

When we do snap turns

Least favourite training sessions?

We we do 60 laps

What exercise do you absolutely dislike but do anyways because you know it works?

Climb outs because you have to swim to the end then get out and jump back in

Favourite song/s you workout to?

Call me maybe


What do you do to mentally train yourself?

Do laps non stop

What weaknesses have you overcome and how?

To do butterfly with lots of training

What's your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?

I calm myself whil listening to music


When you go into competition, what's going through your head?

Just go out there and give it all you've got

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

On the blocks

Best tip for race day?

Get out there and give 110 percent

What was the last piece of advice your coach said to you before you competed?

Get out there and get us some PB's

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete?

Try and get to the Paralympics


What is your worst habit?

Licking my lips

If your life was a movie what would be the title?


If you were an animal what would you be and why?

Whale because they are such a smart animal

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My mum

What are the 5 things you cannot live without?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Dog
  • Mum
  • Dad

What is something about you that many people do not know?

I don't like to read

Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, I will be...

in the Paralympics

What would you rather be doing right this second, rather than answering these questions?



Age 14
Location New South Wales
Sport Swimming
Years in sport 5


"Love it, live it, do it."