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Jamieson Leeson

Jamieson Leeson


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Date of birth: March 2003

Disciplines: Individual, pairs

Classification: BC3

Past Paralympic Games: Tokyo 2020

Impairment: Physical Impairment - Spinal muscular atrophy

How acquired: Congenital

Residence: Dunedoo, NSW

Occupation: Student, athlete

Started competing: 2018

First competed for Australia: 2019

Sport career highlight: Winning the world championships in the BC3 pairs in 2022.

If it's true that "you are the company you keep" then Jamieson Leeson is star in the making. 

Jamieson was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type II when she was just 18months old and has been striving to reach her goals ever since.  She is from the same country town as champion jockey Hugh Bowman and plays alongside world champion boccia player Dan Michel.  However, she is also putting in the work to become a sportswomen in her own right and has achieved many allocades over the last 3-4 years.  Currently the world no.10 and together with Dan the world number ones in the BC3 pairs. 

Jamieson was scouted at a school boccia tournament in 2018 and since then has dedicated her time and engery to her sport with amazing results and massive improvement in such a short amount of time.  Most recently she has added to her collection of medals with a; World Championship Silver and Gold in the female BC3 individual and pairs respectively.  And most importantly she says that she has become a better person because boccia has taught her perserverance and how to win well.

Not only is she preparing for her second paraympics , with new ramp operator Jasmine Haydon, she is also studying for a Bachelor of Economics at the University of NSW.

Jamieson says that being a Paralympian is not just about the opportunity to represent her country, as incrediable as it is. She also hopes to use the plateform it creates to inspire others who have hope and dreams similar to hers, not all that long ago.