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Jessica
Ashwood
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 April 1993
Height
173 cm
Weight
67 kg
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Criminology, Psychology - Griffith University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age four at Canterbury swimming pool in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
Her grandmother was a swimming coach. "My grandmother was my learn-to-swim and first squad coach."
Club / Team
Chandler Swim Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Vince Raleigh [club], from 2014; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Shanghai, CHN

General Interest

Nicknames
Jess. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017; olympics.com.au, 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing third in the 400m freestyle at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her coach Vince Raleigh. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017; olympics.com.au, 16 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian surfer Layne Beachley and Australian swimmer Jack McLoughin. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017; olympics.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)
Injuries
She withdrew from the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada, due to illness. (swimswam.com, 21 Nov 2016)

She sometimes has recurring neck and back pain due to scoliosis. (theaustralian.com.au, 02 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness." (swimming.org.au, 23 May 2015)
Famous relatives
Her brother Chris competed in swimming at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. (olympics.com.au, 2012; olympics.com.au, 09 Oct 2008)
Other information
HUNGARY WITHDRAWAL
She withdrew from the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It was reported that this was with the aim of extending her career through to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimswam.com, 13 Apr 2017)

BACK COMPLAINT
She had to overcome a severe case of scoliosis, a disease that affects the spinal cord, which she was diagnosed with as a teenager. The condition makes it harder for her to swim straight and has affected the way the muscles in her back grow. She plans to have surgery when her swimming career is finished. (theaustralian.com.au, 02 Apr 2014)

PAN PACIFIC WITHDRAWAL
She withdrew from the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan, due to form and technical issues. (swimswam.com, 07 Aug 2018)