How Para Swimmer Jesse Reynolds has been preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games
Swimmer and Pro Armour Ambassador Jesse Reynolds is in contention for a podium finish at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games after smashing his personal best time.
Jesse tells us he’s going to the games to “have a shot of winning, with the main goal being the podium. It’s pretty exciting”. I’m not going there just to make up numbers,” he adds.
In the lead up to the games, Jesse has been racing on his own, but against competitors from around the world via video for an international competition in the build up for the 2021 games.
But he was able to race in front of a crowd at the AUT Millennium on the North Shore, to cheer him on. That helped him reach his personal best of 1.03.00min for his 100m backstroke.
Of course, setting personal bests comes with hard work. He’s doing three gym sessions a week, then eight to 10 swims, he’s got rehab, a session with the physio, and time with his support team, all while working around his day job as a mechanic.
How the Pro Armour Lite is helping Jesse prepare for the Tokyo Paralympic Games
Athletes understand their rest days are just as important as their training days for physical recovery and mental health too. On rest days, Jesse likes to spend time at the beach. But he’s never at the beach without his trust Pro Armour Lite; the ultimate protection for his prosthetic limb. His Pro Armour Lite saves him time, hassle, footshells and keeps abrasive sand from damaging his carbon fibre foot
As a mechanic by day, he’s in an environment where dirt, dust and bits of metal have in the past affected the function of his prosthetic. Nowadays, Jesse wears this Pro Armour Lite 24/7 to protect his prosthetic limb – a no brainer leading up to the Tokyo Paralympic Games!
The Pro Armour Lite takes seconds to put on and take off. With so much on Jesse’s plate, his Pro Armour Lite saves him time and hassles. Letting him focus on what matters – physically and mentally preparing for the games.
Keep an eye out for Para Swimmer Jesse Reynolds and his Pro Armour Lite at this year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games. We’ll be following him every step of the way!
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About Jessie Reynolds
Jesse was born in 1996 and 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 400 metre freestyle S9 at the Melbourne 2009 Paralympic Youth Games.
Jesse made his senior debut for New Zealand at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Canada, placing sixth in the 400 metre freestyle S9.
Jesse 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.
Jesse 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 a exhilarating.
Jesse 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).
Most recently Jesse was part of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team that competed in the Gold Coast. Jesse had three outstanding swims, including missing a bronze medal by the narrowest of margins on two occasions. He now has his sights firmly focused on preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
In May 2019, Jesse officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Auckland.