Middlesbrough-born Jade Jones, is one of Britain’s most exciting Paralympic talents. Jade competes on the track and road in the T54 wheelchair racing category. Throughout her career, Jade has made her mark on the international stage, most recently breaking the 1500m British Record in 2017. Jade also won a 1500m Commonwealth Bronze medal in 2014 and won silver and bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m at the 2014 European Championships.
Alongside her athletics, Jade has also been selected for the GB Paratriathlon team and won gold at the ETU Paratriathlon European Championships. Jade is a prime example of how athletes can effectively balance a sporting career with education, as she is currently studying law at Teesside University.
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.
She is aiming to compete in wheelchair athletics and the Paratriathlon at both the Commonwealth Games 2018 and Tokyo 2020.
Jade trains regularly at Middlesbrough Sports Village.