Leisel Jones is a former Gold medallist, Olympian, swimmer for Australia. Her career started at the early age of 14 when she won her event, and then was selected for the Australian Team. In 2004, she competed at her first summer olympics at the young age of 15.
Events she has competed in: -2000, Australian Championships, won gold for 100m breast stroke. -2004 summer olympics game, won gold in her 4x100 medley relay. -2008 olympics, won gold for 100m breast stroke. -2012 olympic games, silver medal for 4x100 medley relay.
Jones was chosen for the 2012 olympics, London. This made her the first Australian athlete to compete at four olympic games. Considered as one of the greatest Breast stroke swimmers of all time, she's created her own technique which consisted of a slower but deeper stroke cycle. 2008 was the year that Jones was awarded the Telstra swimmer of the year award as a part of the years international all-star team.
Jones announced her retirement from swimming on 16th November 2012. And in 2015, she starred in 'im a celebrity get me out of here'. Throughout 2013, Jones began a degree in phycology, as well as publishing an autobiography titled 'Body Lengths' in 2015.
Jones has struggled through depression and in 2010, she decided to start to deal with her mental health. She said to ABC "i started to realize that swimming wasn't to be-all and end-all and that maybe i didn't enjoy swimming very much anymore." "i was sort of wondering why i was still continuing to do it. The problem for me was i just didn't have enough balance in my life. I didn't have anything else and that was terrifying for me." She wrote about her depression in her book 'Body Lengths'. She talks about happened whilst she as in Spain, she came to find herself sitting on the bathroom floor of a hotel, holding a box of sleeping pills and had a plan to kill herself. Luckily, her coach had found her before anything happened.
2000 Leisel Jones olympic qualifier 100 meters breast stroke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgWaR5_MFoY
Leisel Jones opens up about depression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hZeCjhOnQk