The Victorian first caught the eye of many in the gymnastics world as a junior when she took out the under-12 division at the junior nationals in 2002. She went on to compete in her first international meet in 2004 in the USA where she placed seventh in the all around competition. Later in 2004, Ashleigh injured her left elbow which sidelined her for 12 months. At just 15 years of age, Ashleigh was selected in the 2006 Commonwealth Games team, winning silver on floor and helping Australia to a team gold medal.
Ashleigh was an integral member of the team that secured a spot in the Olympic Games by qualifying 6th at the 2011 World Championships in Japan. She made her Olympic debut in Beijing, her best result coming on floor (19th) where she helped Australia reach its best ever Olympic team result in finishing sixth. The team hope to replicate or better this at the 2012 London Olympic Games where Ashleigh will be a key member of the team in her second games.
After Beijing, Ashleigh took a year off from gymnastics to focus on completing her school studies and gain entry into university. She returned to competition in 2010 where she was a valuable member of the gold medal winning Australian Team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, also taking out the bronze medal on Floor.
Ashleigh is a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport', and the Victorian Womens High Performance Centre, coached by Misha Barabach and Tracey Penaluna