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Lakeisha Patterson

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity - Seneca.”

Age
22
CLUB
Belgravia Swim Team
Coach
Harley Connolly
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Lakeisha Patterson

Achievements

Affectionately known as Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson, the Belgravia athlete has already represented her country at the Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, World Para Swimming Championships and the Pan Pacific Para Championships. In her debut Paralympics – Rio 2016 – Patterson took home two gold medals and set new world records in both events. Her first came in the 400m freestyle (4:40.33), which was followed by the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points) in 4:16.65. Continually backing up her performances, she most recently claimed another two gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Training under Harley Connolly in Queensland, Patterson was also fittingly named as University of Queensland’s Sportswoman of the Year for 2019.

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Paralympic Games

Rio, Brazil 2016

  • Won gold in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points) (WR)
  • Won gold in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S8) (WR)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (34 points)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley (SM8)
  • Placed 4th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S8)
  • Placed 8th in the Women’s 100m Butterfly (S8)

Tokyo, Japan 2020 (2021)

  • Won gold in the Women's 400m Freestyle (S9)

Commonwealth Games

Glasgow, Scotland 2014

  • Won bronze in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S8)

Gold Coast, Australia 2018

  • Won gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won gold in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S9)

World Para Swimming Championships 

Glasgow, Scotland 2015

  • Won gold in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle (34 points)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (34 points)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S8)
  • Placed 5th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S8)

London, England 2019

  • Won gold in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S9)
  • Placed 5th in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S9)
  • Placed 5th in the Women’s 4x100m Medley (34 points)
  • Placed 8th in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley (SM9)

Para Pan Pacific Championships

Pasadena, United States 2014

  • Won gold in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (34 points)
  • Won silver in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S8)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S8)
  • Won bronze in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley (SM8)

Cairns, Australia 2018

  • Won gold in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (S10)
  • Won gold in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (S10)
Patterson competes at the 2021 Australian Multi-Class Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.
Patterson competes at the 2021 Australian Multi-Class Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.

In The Pool

Paralympic Games

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3
2

Commonwealth Games

2
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1

World Para Swimming Championships

2
2
3

Para Pan Pacific Championships

6
4
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Records

  • World Record
  • Women's 4x100m Freestyle Realy (34pts) (2016)

    Women's 400m Freestyle (S8) (2016)

Get to know Lakeisha

  • My favourite swimming memory
  • 2016 Paralympic Games - my first games. The entire experience, broke a world record and won gold on day one.

  • What's something interesting about you that people don't know?
  • My writing is extremely minute because I have micrographia, which means that my writing is tiny and looks like tiny dots joined together.

  • Three words that best describe me...
  • Determined

    Clumsy

    Compassionate

  • What's on your pre-race playlist?
  • 'Time Out' by Christon Gray

    'The World's Greatest' by R. Kelly

    'Lose Yourself' by Eminem

    'Till I Collapse' by Eminem

    'The Greatest' by Sia and Kendrick Lamar

    'Unstoppable' by Sia

    'Champion' by Chip Munk ft. Chris Brown

    'Glitter & Gold' by Courtney Barns

    I have so many! Follow my 'Motivation Music' playlist on Spotify @ Lakeisha Dawn

  • What is your ambition post-swimming?
  • I’m currently studying media communications so would love to work in that field, as well as doing public speaking to connect with the community.

  • What are your hobbies away from swimming?
  • I love napping,eating, volunteering, hanging and adventuring with friends and family. I also love using my surf ski and stand up paddle board (more like sit down for me, haha) to watch sunrises and sunsets.

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