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 at 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 8 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.

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