Ashley-Kate Schlenner – the swim champ from our community!

Ashley-Kate born in Tasmania on 20 November 1991, lives in Brisbane now.

Ashley started swimming in 1999 at the age of 8, with the Scarborough Sharks in Queensland. Overcoming her initial fear of water, she joined the squad training at Rochedale and Runcorn primary schools.

Ashley moved on to join Special Olympics in mid-2011. Under the skilful coach Craig Tobin, Ashley was also invited to join Dunlop Park Swimming Club in 2012. Ashley’s form stroke is butterfly and regularly competes in long and short course competitions around the World. Ashley trains 5 days a week and additional 2 in Gym. To her achievement is the fact that Ashley has been swimming competitively for close to 5 years.

Ashley was selected to represent Australia in the 7th World Downs Syndrome Championships in Morelia, Mexico in 2014.

Ashley was selected to swim for Australia in the 8th world Down Syndrome Games in Florence Italy in 2016.

Ashley works Monday to Wednesday at HELP industries, Acacia Ridge. She enjoys trampolining and swimming. In her spare time, Ashley listens to music and enjoys movies and travelling with her mother. Ashley has a wide circle of friends, however swimming is the best activity she loves. “It’s fun” she says.

A brief list of her involvement and achievements is given below:

Asia pacific Games Newcastle 2013


Australian Team Member – Silver – 2nd– 4 x 100 Medley
Special Olympics State Games Caloundra 2013


Gold – 1-4 x 50 relay

Silver – 1- 100 fly

Bronze – 2-100 free, 50 free

Nationals Downs Down Under Sydney 2013


First time attending

Gold – 1- Novice 25 breast, PB

Silver – 2- Novice 25 fly, 50 breast, PB

Bronze – 100 free PB

Bronze – championship

Canberra 100 Centenary Swimming Championships SO in  Canberra 2013 Gold – 3

Silver – 1

Bronze –1

Dunlop Park Swimming Club Australian Championships award 2013 Dunlop Park Pool Club 2013/14 Bronze club Achievement
Special Olympics National Games for QLD 2014 Silver– 50 fly, PB

Bronze- 50 free, 4×100 Medley relay

7th world Down Syndrome Games Morelia Mexico 2014 Gold – 3- 25 free, 4 x 25 IM relay, 4 x 100 free relay

Silver – 2- 25 back, 25 fly

Bronze – 1- 25 back

Sydney National DSSA 2015 Gold – 1 – 50 fly SC

Silver – 2 – SC 50 free – LC 50 free

Bronze – 1 – 50 Fly LC

Vorgee Brisbane Swimming Championships 2015 Silver- 100 fly

Bronze – 50 fly