Swimming legend, speaker, activist, best-selling author

Fierce, funny, unapologetic, authentic

Leisel Jones

In her own lane

Australian Icon, Liesel Jones, OAM is regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever female swimmers, winning seven World Championships titles, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 14 individual world records and 23 National titles. 

But if you think these are the most interesting things about her, think again.

Leisel Jones

In her own lane

Australian Icon, Liesel Jones, OAM is regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever female swimmers, winning seven World Championships titles, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 14 individual world records and 23 National titles. 

But if you think these are the most interesting things about her, think again.

In the Media

As one of the most popular and visible sporting figures in Australia, Leisel has established herself as an exceptional media talent with extensive experience in commentary, interviews, hosting and light entertainment.

In Conversation

Leisel’s contagious energy, earnest sincerity and good humour make her a uniquely inspiring keynote speaker that can entertain and engage any audience. Telling her own story with a poignant honesty, Leisel’s speaking engagements motivate audiences to live with authentic intention and integrity.

In the Community

Having overcome personal obstacles, Leisel is a vocal advocate for mental health support and positive body image. She also passionately amplifies these philanthropic causes by partnering with organisations close to her heart, including Beyond Blue.

Hi, I'm Leisel

At just 15 and the youngest member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Swimming Team, Leisel won two silver medals in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m Medley Relay, making her one of the youngest Olympic medallists in Australia’s history. 

By the age of 18, Leisel was competing in her second Olympic Games in Athens, winning gold in world record time in the 4x100m medley relay, silver in the 200m breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. 

After facing many adversities and setbacks, she finally fulfilled her dream of winning individual Olympic gold in Beijing, 2008 in the 100m breaststroke. She also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 200m breaststroke.

Before farewelling her swimming career (and swimsuit wedgies) forever, Leisel competed in her fourth Olympic Games in London in 2012, finishing on a high by winning a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay and becoming the first Australian swimmer to compete at four Olympics.

Post retirement has seen Leisel’s career include releasing her memoir, Body Lengths; hosting Network Ten’s coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and as a swimming expert commentator for the 7 Network’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Stats

Olympics

4 Olympic Games

2000 Sydney – 2 silver medals (100m breaststroke & 4x100 medley relay)
2004 Athens – 1 Gold, 1 silver & 1 bronze (4x100 medley relay, 200m breaststroke & 100m breaststroke)
2008 Beijing – 2 Gold, 1 silver (100m breaststroke & 4x100 medley relay, 200m breaststroke)
2012 London – 1 Silver (4x100 medley relay)

Achievements

  • Honorary OAM
  • Awarded Keys to the City of Redcliffe, QLD
  • 9 Olympic medals: 3 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • 11 Commonwealth Games medals: 10 Gold, 1 Silver (2002, 2006, 2010)
  • 7 world championship titles
  • 12 individual world records
  • 23 national titles (2000 - 2012)
  • Leadership committee member: Australian Swim Team (2007)
  • Flag bearer at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony (2006)
  • World Swimmer of the Year (2005)
  • Australian Female Athlete of the Year - Confederation of Australian Sport (2005 and 2006)
  • Young Queenslander of the Year (2006)
  • First female to win People’s Choice Award (2006)
  • Australian Swimmer of the Year (2006)
  • All Star Team Member (2000 - 2012)

In the Water

  • 2001 World Championships (LC): Gold (4×100m medley), Silver (100m breaststroke)
  • 2003 World Championships (LC): Silver (200m breaststroke), Bronze (100m breaststroke, 4×100m medley)
  • 2005 World Championships (LC): Gold (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley)
  • 2007 World Championships (LC): Gold (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley), silver (50m breaststroke)
  • 2011 World Championships (LC): Silver (100m breaststroke), Bronze (4×100m medley)
  • 2010 World Championships (SC): Silver (100m breaststroke), Bronze (4×100m medley)
  • 2002 Pan Pacific Championships: Gold (4×100m medley), Silver (200m breaststroke)
  • 2010 Pan Pacific Championships: Silver (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley), Bronze (50m breaststroke)
  • 2002 Commonwealth Games: Gold (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley);
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games: Gold (50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley);
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games: Gold (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4×100m medley), Silver (50m breaststroke)

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