Leah Neale - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Leah Neale

Career highlights

  • Won a gold medal and Games record as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast
  • Won a silver medal as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay at her first Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2016
  • Made her debut on the Australian team for a long course meet in 2015 at the Kazan World Championships

Australian Representation and results

  • 2019 World Championships- gold medal and world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay
  • 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games- gold medllist in 4x200m freestyle relay, 6th place 200m freestyle relay
  • 2017 World Championships- bronze medallist in 4x200m freestyle relay, 16th place in 400m freestyle
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games- silver medallist in 4x200m freestyle relay
  • 2015 World Championships- 6th place 4x200m freestyle relay
  • 2014 World Short Course Championships- bronze medallist 4x200m freestyle relay, 7th place 400m freestyle, 13th place 200m freestyle


DOB: 1 August 1995

Favourite event: 400m freestyle

The competitiveness of swimming is the driving factor for Leah's success in the pool. Starting in 2005 at the age of 10, Leah was always interested in where she placed in every race. This competitiveness has continued to push Leah's career further and further. Describing the 200m freestyle as her main event, she admits she enjoys the 400m freestyle even more. In terms of goals, Leah sees the World Championships as a "stepping stone" for her major goal- the Olympics next year in Tokyo. She made her first senior Dolphins team in 2015 at the World Championships and Leah's silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics is the highlight of her career. Currently in between her second and third year of a Sport and Exercise degree at USC, Leah hopes to go back and do a Masters degree in Physiology when her current degree is finished.