Ashby was born in Hamilton and started swimming at the age of 10.

He began his international career when he swam for New Zealand at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival and the FINA World Junior Championships.

In 2014, he competed at the Oceania Championships in New Zealand and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii, where he won two bronze medals.

He attended his first World Championships in 2015 in Kazan, Russia, where he competed in the 100m and 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley and swam the butterfly leg in the men’s 4x100 medley relay.

At the 2016 New Zealand Open Championships, Ashby set a New Zealand record in the individual medley and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He then broke his own record in 2017.

For his performance in 2016, Ashby was named National Swimmer of the Year at the 2017 Swimming New Zealand Awards.

In 2017, he competed at the 17th FINA World Championships where his performance put him third fastest in the Commonwealth.

Ashby also studies business at Massey University and trains in Auckland as part of the Swimming New Zealand High Performance squad.

Swimmer Bradlee Ashby. Credit: Photosport
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