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Jessica Heims



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T64, F64

Further personal information

Swisher, IA, USA
Athlete, Student
English, German
Higher education
Biology - University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 10 with Cedar Rapids Track Club in the United States of America. She ran middle distance throughout middle school and moved into sprint events and discus in ninth grade.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after seeing her older sister Beth begin cross-country running.
Club / Team
University of Northern Iowa Track Team: Cedar Falls, IA, USA
Name of coach
Bill Calloway [personal], from 2015; Dave Paulsen [club]

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Jessie (, 12 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 12 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her sisters Beth and Nicole. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para triathlete and Para swimmer Melissa Stockwell. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Time spent doing what you love is never wasted." (, 13 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2017 National High School Paralympic Field Athlete of the Year. (, 01 Aug 2019)

In 2015 she was named a US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 100m, 200m, 400m, discus and long jump. (, 03 Sep 2015)

She was named a 2014 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 100m, 200m, 400m and discus. (, 15 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Beth has competed in cross-country running for Coe College in the United States of America. (, 02 Nov 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Jul 2019)
She was diagnosed with amniotic band syndrome, a condition at birth where the foetus becomes entangled in fibrous amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow. This caused an impairment to her lower right leg and foot. Her right leg was amputated below the knee when she was one year old. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015;, 18 Apr 2015)
Other information
She wants to take a career path in physical therapy. "I plan on going into the medical field in the area of physical therapy and rehabilitation. What I want to do is I want to help people through recovery and adaptive processes after injury or traumatic events. I am amazed by the human body and the human spirit, and being a resource for those in need would be my dream job." (, 12 Jun 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2015-10-25 5
Women's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-28 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-11 8
Women's 400 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 7