Leisel Jones

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At just 22 years of age, Leisel Jones is the world's greatest ever female breaststroker. A dual gold medallist at the recent 2008 Beijing Olympics, Leisel is one of Australia's most celebrated athletes and her story is one of personal growth, inspiration and success.

Leisel has broken 14 world records, was the youngest member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Swimming Team and the youngest ever Olympic medallist in Australia's history when she won silver in the 100m Breaststroke (B) and 4x100m Medley Relay (MR). At 18 years, Leisel brought home Olympic gold, silver and bronze and set a new World Record with the medley relay team at the 2004 Athens Games. And most recently at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Leisel won 100mB and 4x100m MR gold and 200mB silver.

She has won seven World Championship titles, seven Commonwealth Games gold medals and 21 National titles. She is currently the world record holder for the 100m breaststroke and is a member of the world record team for the 4 x 100m medley relay (plus holds the short course world records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events).

Leisel's determination in the pool, her ability to perform under pressure and her positive attitude and honesty has earned her international praise. In 2006 Leisel was named World Swimming Magazine's Swimmer of the Year. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games Leisel became the first woman in history to complete the 50mB, 100mB and 200mB treble, was named Swimmer of the Meet and was honoured to be ed as the 427 strong Australian team flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.

Leisel has appeared in numerous magazine shoots and feature stories, she has been the promotional face for a line of beauty products and the recipient of countless awards. The Confederation of Australia Sport awarded her the 2005 & 2006 Australian Female Athlete of the Year, she was named the 2005 World Female Swimmer of the Year, 2006 Suncorp Metway Young Queenslander of the Year, 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards (Most Popular Sports Person), and the Australian public voted her the 2006 Telstra People's Choice Award (first female ever)!

With the great team she has formed including her family, friends, coach and sponsors and with her pure determination, honesty, new found confidence and positive outlook, she will no doubt continue to dominate the world stage and inspire others.

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