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LESLIE Cameron
Sport Para swimming, Wheelchair Rugby
NPC New Zealand   
Place of BirthWhangarei, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Whangarei, NZL
Athlete, Director, Sports Administrator
Maori, English
Higher education
Communications - Auckland University of Technology: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"For me it is all about the shared journey. I also swim for New Zealand since 2006. The team aspect of all chasing one goal is something I really enjoy. It's an awesome sport [wheelchair rugby] and is really spectator-friendly so it's also just a cool sport in general."
Club / Team
Whangarei Swimming Club: New Zealand
General Interest
Camo [like New Zealand All Black rugby player Ian 'Kamo' Jones, as they both come from the same city]. (, 01 Jun 2012;, 02 Sep 2019)
Spending time with friends, fishing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the SM4 150m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019;, 05 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Simon Mayne. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para swimmer Hamish McLean. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He has a set routine that he does before each event which helps him relax. (, 02 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Ina te mahi, he rangitira" [What you put in is what you get out]. (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to swimming. (, 31 Mar 2009)

In 2008 he received the New Zealand University Blues Award for Maori Sportsperson of the Year. (, 01 Mar 2010)

He was named the 2008 Male Athlete of the Year by the Auckland University of Technology. (, 01 Jun 2012)

He has also been declared New Zealand Disabled Maori Sportsperson of the Year, Te Tai Tokerau Supreme Award Winner, and Te Tai Tokerau Open Male Sportsman of the Year. (, 01 Jun 2012)
Other sports
He has represented New Zealand in Para swimming, and competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games winning gold at each Games in the SM4 150m individual medley. (, 06 Jan 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 16 Feb 2019)
He was born with a congenital limb deficiency that resulted in all four of his limbs not fully developing. (, 26 Aug 2008)
Other information
He serves as the director of BeefCo, a company based in Northland, New Zealand. In January 2020 he was appointed an intern board member for Sport New Zealand [NZ]. "I've been fortunate to be involved at all levels of sport, from grassroots to elite sport. I will strive to do the most I can with this experience in governance and contributing to the important work of Sport NZ." In August 2016 he was appointed as a committee member for New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby, a role he served until December 2018. In 2009 while at university, he was appointed Disabilities Affairs Officer of the Auckland Student Movement at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. (, 06 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020;, 01 Mar 2010)

In September 2018 he was appointed National Para Swimming Development Coordinator by Swimming New Zealand. "I do think I am in a unique position where I am still competing as an athlete and am able to work in a role like this, it's the best of both worlds. I am extremely passionate about giving back to Para sport in New Zealand." (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019;, 05 Jun 2019;, 11 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
9 2010 Team  
8 2014 Team  
Paralympic Qualification Tournament - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 50m Freestyle S5 38.67
6 2008 200m Freestyle S5 2:57.21
6 2008 50m Butterfly S5 44.43
1 2008 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:33.57
6 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:54.27
1 2012 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:25.98
5 2012 50m Backstroke S5 42.40
8 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:52.10
1 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:23.12 
8 2016 50m Backstroke S5 42.26 
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 50m Freestyle S5 43.24
9 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:28.80
7 2006 200m Freestyle S5 3:09.93
10 2006 50m Backstroke S5 50.55
10 2006 50m Butterfly S5 48.01
8 2010 50m Freestyle S5 38.09
5 2010 50m Butterfly S5 43.11
9 2010 200m Freestyle S5 2:56.59
1 2010 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:33.98
3 2013 50m Backstroke S5 43.78
1 2013 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:34.97
6 2015 50m Backstroke S5 42.59
2 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:26.55
8 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 57.13
1 2019 50m Backstroke S4 42.13
1 2019 50m Freestyle S4 37.14
4 2019 200m Freestyle S4 3:00.79
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:34.60
2 2009 200m Freestyle S5 SC 3:02.22
3 2009 50m Butterfly S5 SC 43.76