2016 Australian Paralympic Medallist , Para-cycling
When Amanda Reid made her international swimming debut, she
really made waves. Competing at the 2011 Global Games in Italy,
she took home a sensational seven gold medals. After being
selected for the national team when she was only 14, she has been
earmarked as a swimmer of serious potential. She again underlined
this status with a haul of two silver and three bronze medals from the
2011 Arafura Games.
It was obvious from early on that Amanda was destined for big
things in sport. Born with an intellectual disability, she tried out a
range of sports through her formative years, including cycling,
equestrian and athletics. When she was barely more than a toddler,
Amanda was already extremely proficient at a sport of a different
kind – short track ice speed skating. Phenomenally, Amanda fast
progressed to become the first person ever to hold the Australian
title, New Zealand title and all state titles in the one year for her age.
Amanda turned her focus towards swimming, under the tutelage of
coach Jackie Barck. At just 15 years of age, she competed at the
London 2012 Paralympic Games where she was fifth in the 100m
The following year she contested the IPC Swimming World
Championships where she made finals in two of her four events.
She was seventh in the S14 100m backstroke and seventh in the
S14 200m individual medley.
In 2015 Amanda took up track cycling and after only a few
months in the sport broke the Australian Para-cycling record for
the C3 in the Individual Time Trial at the NSW Para-cycling
Championships. Her time was just 0.15 seconds off the World
She then went on to smash a five-year-old Australian record by
five seconds when she won gold in the C2 3km individual pursuit
at the 2015 Australian Para-cycling Championships.
When she’s not training, she enjoys listening to music, hanging out
with her friends and spending time on the computer. Stemming
from the Wemba Wemba and Kuring-Gai Aboriginal people,
Amanda is immensely proud of her indigenous heritage. Originally
from the Blue Mountains