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Jesse Reynolds, a New Zealand Paralympian, has competed at two Paralympic games, two commonwealth games and multiple World Championships. Outside of the pool Reynolds is a qualified financial advisor.

Date of Birth






October 2nd, 1996






Jesse Reynolds is a Para swimmer and former representative Wheelchair basketball player from Hamilton.

Reynolds took up swimming at age 11. He was a natural in the water. Only two years later, on his international debut, he grabbed a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle S9 at the Melbourne 2009 Paralympic Youth Games.

Reynolds made his senior debut for New Zealand at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Canada, placing sixth in the 400m freestyle S9.

Reynolds went on to have four fourth-place finishes at the 2015 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in the USA. He finished fifth in the 400 metre Freestyle S9 at the Glasgow 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.

Reynolds competed in his first Paralympic Games at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. He swam a personal best time in the 100 metre Butterfly S9 final and finished seventh in the 100 metre Backstroke S9 in a time of 1:05.57, shattering his previous personal best time. Jesse found the experience of his very first Paralympic Games final to be exhilarating.

Reynolds was part of New Zealand’s most successful Paralympic team ever. The team of 31 Paralympians in Rio broke three world records, secured 21 medals (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze) and finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall on the medal table (previous best: 16th). 

Reynolds was part of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team that competed in the Gold Coast in 2018. Jesse had three outstanding swims, including missing a bronze medal by the narrowest of margins on two occasions.

Reynolds made his second Paralympic appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He competed in four events and set a Personal Best time of 1:04.58 in the Men’s 100m Backstroke S9.

Reynolds was part of the NZ Team which went to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning silver in the 100m backstroke S9.

Sources - 

1. Paralympic Team New Zealand

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Commonwealth Games

2022 • Birmingham, England • Silver • 100 Backstroke (S9)

2016 Rio De Janiero, Brazil • 2021 Tokyo, Japan

Olympic Finalist

2018 • Gold Coast, Australia • 4th Place Finish

Commonwealth Games

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