Jade Jones

Jade Jones

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SportsAid's Athlete of the Month - Jade Jones, 21, from Middlesbrough
30 Jun 2017

Jade Jones is a vastly experienced athlete for just 21 years of age having been to two Paralympic Games, won Commonwealth Games bronze in Glasgow and claimed silver and bronze at the IPC Athletics European Championships back in 2014. And that’s only her credentials on the track! The Teesider has now begun to stamp her mark over the marathon distance as well as making waves in para-triathlon.

Key Achievements

  • 2016IPC Grand Prix Switzerland, 400m 4th, 800m 5th, 1500m 5th, 5000m 5th

  • 2016New York Marathon, 5th

  • 2014Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 1500m 3rd

  • 2014IPC European Championships, 800m 2nd, 5000m 3rd

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I met Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at a school sports day. Her and her husband asked me to try out wheelchair racing, and I loved it. They have coached me ever since.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I train 6 days a week, twice each day. That can be anything from training on the road, on the track or doing strength and conditioning work in the gym.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

I enjoy the sport that I do so much, and so training is never really seen as a chore. I always want to improve on what i have done and that is the driving force to my training.

What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?

I love the adrenaline when you line up on the start line, and also being able to spread the word and encourage people to not only get into sport, but to get into disability sport.

Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

Ian and Tanni have had such a positive impact on my life. They introduced me to disability sport, and had they not done that, I have no idea what I would be doing now!

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