Jesse Aungles is living proof that nothing worth having comes easy. When the Paralympian first met his swimming coach Yuri Vdovychenko, he was told to get out of the water. Vdovychenko could see tremendous potential in Jesse, but knew he would need to work on his technique to be at his best. Together they worked with biochemists, physios and strength and conditioning specialists to hone Jesse's talent. It was several days before Jesse was let back in the water, but from there, he hasn't looked back.
Jesse initially dived into the pool at a young age to assist with muscle development. The Adelaide local proved to be a water baby, and set out to become a champion. Jesse put in the hard yards and through sheer determination landed a spot in the Australian Institute of Sport, training under Vdovychenko. He showed the world what he was made of at his first international competition, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he propelled himself to stardom by winning Silver in the 200m individual medley.
Since then he's represented Australia at the Pan Pacific, Commonwealth and Olympic Games, going from strength to strength, winning Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 200m individual medley. He's not just a gun in the pool either; Jesse is showing that he can Be More on dry land studying a Bachelors Degree in Politics and International Relations.
Jesse breaks through barriers - he was born with his right leg 10 percent shorter than his left, and his left leg was missing the fibula bone and ankle. He had his left foot amputated and his hip reconstructed at the age of one. Jesse is para-proud and has achieved tremendous success – all by the young age of 23. We're so thrilled that he's a member of the Kanguru Energy family.