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REYNOLDS Jesse
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthHamilton, NZL
Height1.88 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Mechanic
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport and Recreation Studies - Auckland University of Technology: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 11 at Fairfield Swim Club in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"I like the social aspect of swimming, and the sense of achievement it gives you. I wanted to swim so I could beat my two-legged friends at something."
Club / Team
Fairfield Swimming Club : Hamilton, NZL
Name of coach
Simon Mayne [national], NZL
Training Regime
He does three gym sessions, eight to 10 sessions of swimming and a session with a physiotherapist each week, all while working around his day job as a mechanic.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
New Zealand
General Interest
Hobbies
Building race cars. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the S9 100m backstroke at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Simon Mayne. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para swimmer Cameron Leslie. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In September 2020 he sustained an elbow injury which affected his training for about two months. He resumed full training in November 2020. (stuff.co.nz, 29 Nov 2020)

He broke bones in his leg twice in 2016. On the first occasion he fractured the fibula on the stump of his right leg a week before the New Zealand Paralympic selection trials. He returned to the pool just three days later with a waterproof cast and, although he did not reach the qualification mark, the selectors took his circumstances into account and picked him for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Having returned to full training, he attended a pre-Games camp in Orlando, FL, United States of America, where he slipped during a rainstorm and broke his leg again. Although he initially thought he would be unable to compete in Rio de Janeiro, he had consultations with three surgeons who agreed that swimming was unlikely to make the injury any worse because the bone had not been displaced in the fall. He spent a week out the of the water, returning to the pool just one day before his first event at the Games - the S9 400m freestyle. He also went on to compete in the S9 100m backstroke and the S9 100m freestyle in Rio de Janeiro. (hpsnz.org.nz, 03 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." (paralympics.org.nz, 01 May 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the Emerging Swimmer of the Year at the 2015 Swimming Waikato Annual Awards in New Zealand. (fairfieldswimclub.co.nz, 2015)

He was named the 2012 Waikato Secondary School Sports Para Sportsman of the Year. (waikatosunrise.org.nz, 21 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stuff.co.nz, 29 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He was born without a femur bone in his right leg because of a condition called proximal femoral focal deficiency. "I was always really competitive as a kid and I've always had one leg. Pretty much everything sport and competition-wise involves running and so I'd always get smashed at everything because I couldn't run as fast. I was always average to the bottom. I realised once we were sprinting and swimming in the water, there was really nothing separating me from me and my [able-bodied] friends. A really awesome feeling for me was realising people aren't letting me win at this, people aren't holding back or feeling sorry for me, I'm just actually better than them." (paralympics.org.nz, 09 Dec 2019; stuff.co.nz, 11 Jan 2013)
Other information
FINANCIAL SUPPORT
In 2019 he became a part of the ANZ Olympic Pathways programme for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "For me, the training is probably the easiest part of being an athlete but the hard stuff comes outside of the pool. Making sure that you're eating properly every single day, getting enough sleep, getting enough recovery. You've got to fit a lot in to really get the final two, and become the best version of yourself. The biggest thing for me really is the financial help. Every hour that I've got that I'm not directly training, I can use that to recover and get ready for the next session." (paralympics.org.nz, 09 Dec 2019; Facebook page, 07 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 400m Freestyle S9 4:35.04
8 2016 100m Butterfly S9 1:04.31
7 2016 100m Backstroke S9 1:05.57 
12 2021 400m Freestyle S9 4:30.34
6 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:04.60
7 2021 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:25.62
16 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:05.64
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:30.84
6 2013 400m Freestyle S9 4:31.71
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:08.81
8 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:06.85
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S9 1:01.51
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S9 28.63
Heats 2015 100m Butterfly S9 1:04.59
5 2015 400m Freestyle S9 4:27.09
Heat 2015 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:27.90
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S9 59.70
6 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:04.96
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S9 1:04.31
7 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:23.99
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:00.03
4 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:21.65
4 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:05.50