PICKETT Leiston < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 06 Feb 1992 in Gold Coast, AUS
Height1.80 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business - University of Southern Queensland: Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up swimming at age 11 at primary school.
Why this sport? She enjoyed the feeling of winning races.
Club / Team Southport Swimming Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach Glenn Baker [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Australia
Location Sydney, NSW
General Interest
Nicknames Lei (Swimming Australia, 14 Jul 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (olympics.com.au, 22 Mar 2012)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Leisel Jones. (Swimming Australia, 14 Jul 2010)
Injuries She had hip surgery following the 2012 Olympic Games in London and returned to competition in January 2013. However, her hip continued to cause her problems and she was unable to be selected for the 2013 World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (swimnews.com, 04 Jan 2013; theaustralian.com.au, 26 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Success is not a destination, it's a journey." (Swimming Australia, 14 Jul 2010)
Other sports She competed in athletics at state level and won two state titles in high jump. (goldcoast.com.au, 09 Sep 2010)
Other information IDOL DEFEATED
Growing up, she idolised fellow breaststroke swimmer Leisel Jones, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Ten years later, she beat her hero at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. "When I was in fourth grade I wrote her a fan letter when she was in the Olympics. I remember saying, 'I want to be just like you one day and my name [Leiston Jane] is almost like yours'. Now I think back and I am quite embarrassed about it. It's been great to get to know her better, to find out that she is human and not some freak out there." (theaustralian.com.au, 06 Oct 2010)