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Jaleen Roberts

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Spokane, WA, USA
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Health Education, Physical Education - Eastern Washington University: Cheney, WA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She grew up playing a variety of sports including basketball, football, wrestling, and athletics in Kent, WA, United States of America. She took up Para sports in 2017 in Spokane, WA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to Para athletics by coaches Teresa Skinner and David Greig. "The biggest sacrifice that I had to make was my comfort. I was hesitant to join the Paralympics because I had always competed against able-bodied athletes, and never wanted to highlight my disability, a part of me that I wanted others to view as able. After stepping out of my comfort zone, I received many opportunities that wouldn't have been possible otherwise."
Club / Team
ParaSport Spokane: United States
Name of coach
David Greig, from 2017
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Nicknames
Jumpin' Jay ["My coach gave me the nickname during a long jump training session."] (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Watching TV series. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US Para athlete Elexis Gillette. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I wear the same socks every time I long jump since I joined the 'five meter club'. They're my good luck charm." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Some people succeed because they are destined to, others succeed because they have the desire." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other sports
She has wrestled at state level for Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA, United States of America. (kentreporter.com, 12 Jan 2017)
Milestones
At the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, she was a member of the United States team that won the first world championship gold medal in the universal 4x100m relay. (paralympic.org, 14 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal in four events [100m, 200m, long jump, and the universal relay] at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
A prenatal stroke resulted in cerebral palsy, a condition that impairs her muscle coordination. (sportlio.com, 18 Jun 2019)
Other information
CAREER PLAN
She attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, United States of America, with the aim of becoming a physical education teacher in the future. "I've wanted to be a teacher since I was little. After being a Para track and field athlete, I feel like I can be a good role model for my students and show them that even though I have a disability I can do everything that everyone else can do. I think it'll help them not make excuses in life." (teamusa.org, 27 Aug 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-15 3
Women's Long Jump T37 Final 1 2017-07-19 2
Women's 400 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-20 6
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-22 3
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-22 3