Stephanie Rice, Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett
Winning seven gold medals at the 2011 Global Games in Italy
Selection at the age of 14 for the 2011 Global Games
Already a skilled sportswoman, promising teenage swimmer Amanda Fowler is set to put her attributes to good use at the London 2012 Games. The girl from the Blue Mountains has proved unstoppable at a number of junior events, highlighted by her six gold medal haul at the 2011 National Underage Championships.
However, it was Amanda’s international debut that really made waves, as she took home a sensational seven gold medals from the 2011 Global Games in Italy. 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.
However, Amanda soon turned her focus towards swimming. Under the tutelage of coach Jackie Barck for the past two years, Amanda has progressed to the point where she is now ready for her first Paralympic Games at London 2012. She has set her sights on registering personal best times in London and hopes to bring home a medal.
When she’s not in the pool or at school, she enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends and spending time on the computer. Stemming from the Wemba Wemba and Guring-gai Aboriginal people, Amanda is immensely proud of her indigenous heritage.