British Paralympian and Commonwealth Games Medalist
Jade Jones competes in the T54 category and is one of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport. Having made her debut in the 400m, 800m and 1500m at London 2012 she more recently reached the finals of all three disciplines at the 2013 World Championships, won a 1500m Commonwealth Bronze medal in 2014 and won Silver and Bronze in the 800m and 1500m in the 2014 European Championships. She is a strong medal contender for this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
Jade was born without a right femur, which meant that she would have to use crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She opted to have her foot amputated at the age of eight but it was not until the age of 12 that the opportunity to try a racing chair presented itself at a school sports day. Watching that day was Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson, who seeing Jade’s determination and talent invited her to a training session, and has gone on to train and mentor Jade ever since.
An extremely self-assured and ambitious young athlete she was the face of the SSE advertising campaign for the Commonwealth Games, was shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, commentated for Channel 4 during the IPC World Championships in 2015 and is currently studying law at Teeside University.
Jade is a confident speaker and can address the following themes:
– Overcoming obstacles
– Goal setting
– Team building
“Jade has been a great role model for young people and delivered inspirational talks to groups of young leaders and helped us a develop a new funding partnership with Tees Valley Community Foundation linked to our Future Champions programme. Jade is a fantastic sporting ambassador for Future Champions and her story and journey from grassroots sport to elite international competition is a constant inspiration to our young athletes in the Tees Valley.”
Martin Jenkins, Senior Strategic Development Manager. Tees Valley Sport
“Yesterday went really well, all the pupils loved seeing Jade.”
Conyers School, Yarm