After an impressive international debut at the 2015 World Championships, teenager Woodhall underlined his credentials winning two medals at his first Paralympics in Rio.
Aged just 16, Woodhall, under the guidance of Brazilian coach Joaquim Cruz, won 400m T44 (49.05) silver and 200m T44 (22.09) bronze at the 2015 World Championships.
A year later he went to Rio and won 200m T44 silver (21.12) and 400m T44 (46.70) bronze, each time losing out on gold to New Zealand’s Liam Malone.
In the 200m he set personal bests in both the heats and final, whilst in the 400m final he smashed the Americas record.
Unsurprisingly, he was named 2016 Male High School Track Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics.
He was born with a fused right ankle and the condition fibular hemimelia in his left leg. At age 11 months both his legs were amputated below the knee.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
"They said I'd never walk, so I learned to run instead." (Instagram profile, 06 Oct 2019; Twitter profile, 07 Oct 2019; Destiny Washington YouTube channel, 29 Jan 2018)
He was named the 2016 Male High School Track Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics. (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2016)
In 2016 he was named a US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 200m and 400m. (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2016)
He has served as an ambassador for Shriners Hospital for Children, a network of medical facilities across North America which provide specialised health care for children. "It's definitely a big part of my life. Especially growing up when I didn't really have anyone to look up to and I didn't really know anyone in my same situation. So if I can be that person for somebody else and I can make their situation a little easier then that's all that matters to me." (Facebook page, 14 Mar 2020; teamusa.org, 2016; Destiny Washington YouTube channel, 29 Jan 2018)
He shares a YouTube channel with his girlfriend Tara Davis, who has competed in athletics for the University of Texas. "The way me and Tara met was through track and field, we met at a track meet. It's the biggest thing in both of our lives, so it's somewhere where we can really connect. The YouTube videos are a place where we can express ourselves and have fun and do whatever we want. A lot of times the videos are based around track, which is something we love because it's obviously a big part of our life and it's fun to share that with others. One of my biggest hobbies is filming and video creation, so that's given me a way to do that. It's given me freedom to get into new cameras and learn more about editing." (milesplit.com, 03 Apr 2019)
He says he has experienced negative comments through his career. "A lot of them didn't take place in the sports world. A lot of them were in school. I was home schooled until I was in fifth grade. In sixth grade, I went through a lot of bullying in school. In seventh grade, I moved schools and managed to make friends who were very instrumental in my life and helped me build my self confidence. Most of the time, I would be able to build close relationships with people on my teams. I've also had some hazing incidents with people, coaches or spectators from other teams being very vocal [negatively] about what I'm doing." (milesplit.com, 03 Apr 2019)
|Men's 200 m T44||Heat 2||2015-10-24||2|
|Men's 200 m T44||Final 1||2015-10-25||3|
|Men's 400 m T44||Final 1||2015-10-27||2|
|Men's 200 m T44||Heat 2||2016-09-11||2|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final Round||2016-09-12||9999|
|Men's 200 m T44||Final Round||2016-09-12||2|
|Men's 400 m T44||Heat 1||2016-09-14||1|
|Men's 400 m T44||Final Round||2016-09-15||3|
|Men's 400 m T43||Final 1||2017-07-17||2|
|Men's 200 m T43||Final 1||2017-07-22||2|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final 1||2017-07-23||9999|