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Jordan Andrew

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Higher education
University of East London [UEL]: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He said that his condition resulted in a lack of confidence during primary school that limited his interest in sports, but eventually he began competing in athletics at Langdon Academy secondary school in London, England. He also represented the borough of Newham in polybat, standing long jump, javelin and relay races. "I didn't have a particular sport that I liked, so I kept on trying other sport activities to get into the practice of it, until one day I found a sport that interested me [athletics]. As years went by I started to progress, I started training myself and attending athletics sessions on a regular basis and that's how I found my passion for sport."
Why this sport?
His success at secondary school led to greater involvement with his local athletics club, Newham & Essex Beagles AC. "For four years I kept on winning medals at competitions. Each year I got better and better to the point I wanted to put myself forward to do athletics with Newham Essex Beagles so I could grow my talent."
Club / Team
Newham & Essex Beagles AC: London, ENG
Name of coach
Matthew Grainger [club], GBR
Training Regime
He is a part of the British Athletics Paralympic Pathway programme. He likes to incorporate other sports like hockey into his training programme. "I like to have a balance between different sports because they both improve your speed, endurance, physical strength and power, agility, capacity and flexibility."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected for the British Athletics Futures Academy programme. (sportsaid.org.uk, 20 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (sportsaid.org.uk, 12 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Having a disability motivates me to work hard at anything I do. I believe in my ability and working hard." (sportsaid.org.uk, 12 Jul 2017; panathlon.com, 22 Oct 2013; sportsaid.org.uk, 20 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with an annual award from the Backing The Best programme of UK charity SportsAid that provided him 5000 GBP in funding. (sportsaid.org.uk, 20 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (sportsaid.org.uk, 20 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He has been diagnosed with autism. (panathlon.com, 22 Oct 2013)
Other information
ARTISTIC AMBITIONS
He studied art and design at Newham Sixth Form College before attending the University of East London [UEL] on an athletics scholarship. He has said that he has ambitions of becoming a professional artist. (newvic.ac.uk, 01 Aug 2017; uel.ac.uk, 01 Sep 2018)