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Cameron Leslie

Cameon Leslie

Name Cameron Leslie
Sport Para swimming & Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
17 January 1990
Coach Simon Mayne
Resides Whangarei
Occupation Self employed
Classification Para swimming - S5, SB3 and SM4
Wheelchair Rugby - 3.0
Impairment (Disability)
Quadruple limb deficiency
Paralympian #
164 - Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008


Major International Results
2018 IWRF World Qualification Tournament 2nd
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Gold and World Record – Men’s 150m IM SM4
8th - Men’s 200m Freestyle S5
8th – Men’s 50m Backstroke S5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships Silver - Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4
6th - Men's 50m Backstroke S5
7th -  Men's 50m Backstroke S5
8th - Men's 50m Breaststroke SB3
2014 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation World Championships 8th – member of the Wheel Blacks
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold – Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4
Bronze – Men's 50m Backstroke S5
2012 London Paralympic Games Gold and World Record - Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4
2010 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold - Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4
2009 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold and World Record - Men's 150m
Individual Medley SM4
Silver - Men's 200m Freestyle S5
Bronze - Men's 50m Butterfly S5
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Gold and World Record - Men's 150m
Individual Medley SM4


World Rankings (as at 1 August 2016)
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 1
Men's 200m Freestyle S5 9
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 10

World Records (as at 1 May 2017)
Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4 02:23.12 2016 Rio de Janiero


Cameron Leslie is a Paralympic swimmer and a Wheel Black. He is the world record holder and three-time Paralympic gold medalist in the Men's Individual Medley 150m SM4.

Born and raised in Whangarei, Leslie took up swimming aged 11 but after he was soundly beaten on his debut appearance at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships he admits he “nearly gave the sport away” only to be persuaded to carry on by his parents. It proved an inspired decision as Cameron relocated to Auckland to hook up with a new coach, Simon Mayne, and the pair opted to try an new event – the Men's 150m Individual Medley SM4.

In their first full year together, Cameron blitzed to “a shock” gold medal in a world rcord time in their new event at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics - a feat he was to repeat at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

With a gold medal and world record at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Cameron 's exceptional performance shone among a stand-out team of 31 Paralympians. The New Zealand Paralympic Team secured a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists (nine gold, five silver and seven bronze). The Team ranked first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Cameron’s first got involved in wheelchair rugby following a Have a Go Day in 2007 and so loved “the energy” of the sport he started training twice a week with the Auckland team before later graduating to the Wheel Blacks.

He insists the pros outweigh the cons of training across in two sports and believes wheelchair rugby can complement his swimming training.

Cameron works with up-and-coming swimmers, like Ian Winson, to help them with their transition onto higher honours. Cameron is also a co-founding member of the Wheel Blacks' unofficial 'Tea Club' - a light-hearted club for team members who appreciate a good cup of tea.



Ina te mahi, he rangātira = What you put in is what you get out.

About Cameron

Classification means...

SM4 and S5?
Letter = represents the stroke i.e. SM is Individual Medley, S is Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle, SB is Breaststroke Number represents the athletes activity limitation. Athletes with physical impairment are numbered 1-10. A lower number indicates a more severe activity limitation than a higher number

Number = represents a sport class. Players are allocated one of seven different sport classes (0.5 to 3.5). The most significant activity limitation is described in the 0.5 sport class. Wheelchair Rugby is played by athletes with various impairment types, including muscle weakness or limb deficiencies, which impact on at least three limbs.

Classification Means...

Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand

Official Partners

Adecco ACCHarvey NormanTVNZ

Community Partners

SanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust

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