Leisel’s professional swimming career includes 14 individual world records, 9 Olympic medals – 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze, 7 World Championships titles, 10 Commonwealth Games Gold medals and 23 National titles.
Her professional swimming career began at the age of 15 where she was the youngest member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Swim Team. Winning 2 silver medals in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m Medley Relay making her the youngest ever Olympic medallist in Australia’s history.
Her journey continued onto the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where she faced her first bout of public criticism and possibly the steepest learning curve of her career. Although winning a gold, silver and bronze medal, the then 18 year old was struggling under the enormous pressure and focus of winning on the world stage not only from herself but from outsiders as well.
After facing many adversities and setbacks in her career, Leisel fulfilled her dream of winning individual Olympic in Beijing 2008. She came away from her very successful meet with a gold in her pet event the 100m breaststroke, gold in the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 200m breaststroke.
Leisel completed her illustrious career at her 4th Olympic Games in London 2012. Her final Olympics was not without its unique challenges including media controversy, overcoming bullying and team dissention. However, Leisel finished her career on a high by winning a silver medal in an event which she holds close to her heart, the 4x100m medley relay.
Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life. Her journey towards a healthy mindset took some deep soul searching, therapy and some of her own research but all of this has allowed her to speak from the heart when it comes to sharing what it takes to be a champion.
While her medals and world record swims speak for themselves. As an author, media personality, MC and professional speaker, her mission is to share principles of truth, integrity, and authenticity in life and business. She shares a very personal journey of what it is to be an Olympian – the joys, as well as the pain. As a speaker, Leisel is real and shares an authentic personal journey where lessons from the pool are seamlessly transformed into lessons of life. Onstage, she is charismatic, down-to-earth and fills the room with laughter, warmth and a matter of fact delivery on what it means to live with the truth.
‘Her ability to relate her personal experiences to our themed event of “The Importance of Family” was incredible. Leisel was open and raw in sharing her journey and held the audience of 500+ captive during her Q &A. Leisel was extremely generous with her time and a pleasure to deal with, we were thrilled with her contribution to our event.’
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