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Isaac Jean-Paul

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F13, T13

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
Sociology - Lewis University: Romeoville, IL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up able-bodied athletics at age 18 after he was not selected for his college basketball team. He got involved in competitive Para athletics in 2017.
Why this sport?
He competed in able-bodied athletics at university, and was encouraged to explore Para athletics by his university coach. He was then introduced to US Para athlete Roderick Townsend during his senior year of university. "He pushed me forward and pretty much opened the door for me. So I figured, I may as well walk through it."
Training Regime
He trains at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, CA, United States of America.

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (sportfuelslife.com, 16 Dec 2020)
Hero / Idol
US basketball players Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. (sportfuelslife.com, 16 Dec 2020; teamusa.org, 13 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competitions, and eats gummy worms in between jumps. (teamusa.org, 13 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No excuses." (Facebook profile, 12 Oct 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics at university level in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, 25 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
His mother played basketball for Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, United States of America. (sportfuelslife.com, 16 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 03 Oct 2020)
Impairment
He was born with juvenile retinoschisis, a vision impairment that affects his peripheral and central vision. (teamusa.org, 25 Aug 2018, 13 Jul 2017)
Other information
HIGH JUMP ADVANTAGE
He believes his vision impairment can give him an advantage when competing in the high jump. "A lot of high jumpers look at the bar during their entire approach, so they see the actual height. Me on the other hand, I really don't see it, so I'm just going up on feel. In my last two steps, that's when I see the bar. I think that's an advantage because of the mental aspect of the sport. I'm not mentally psyched out because I cannot see the bar when I first approach it." (teamusa.org, 13 Jul 2017)

CAREER ORIGINS
He played basketball in his youth and did not consider athletics until he was challenged to a race against the fastest sprinter in his high school. He lost the bet but later took part in a try out where he was spotted by coaches. "I had the fastest 40-yard dash. We did broad jump and vertical jump, and I placed first in all three of them. It was great. The coaches really saw something in me. If I never made that bet on being faster than the fastest kid in the track team then I would never have done track. By taking a chance on doing that, I took a chance on Paralympics. Now I'm here and I couldn't be happier." (paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2018; teamusa.org, 13 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T13 Final 1 2017-07-18 1
Men's Long Jump T13 Final 1 2017-07-22 3
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Final 1 2017-07-23 9999