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Jordan Lee

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Family
Partner Madie
Residence
Killarney, IRL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies, Sport Studies - Munster Technology University: Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para athletics at age 17 at a talent identification day organised by Paralympics Ireland. He began competing in June 2017.
Why this sport?
Originally involved in able-bodied basketball, he was encouraged to try Para athletics after a chance meeting with Irish Para sprinter Jason Smyth in December 2016. "He encouraged me to go to the Paralympic expo that was on in the following January so I said I'd go and see what it was like. After a couple of months, I decided on the high jump, partly because of my background in basketball where I always had a relatively decent jump. I tried it out and was good at it."
Club / Team
Killarney Valley AC: Ireland
Name of coach
Tomas Griffin [personal, club, national], IRL, from 2018

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Man on a Mission. [I always have goals and missions that I'm trying to achieve."] (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing video games, reading comics, watching films, spending time with family and friends. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in able-bodied high jump at the 2019 National Championships in Ireland. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Irish Para sprinter Jason Smyth, coach Tomas Griffin, and his parents. (Cork Sports Partnership YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021; Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Irish Para sprinter Jason Smyth. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He has motivational quotes and messages on his running spikes. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If there's an obstacle in your way, that's not the end of the road. Obstacles are there to be jumped over, which in my case I literally have to jump over those obstacles." (Cork Sports Partnership YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)

"100% or nothing." (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Other sports
He represented Ireland in able-bodied basketball at U15 youth level. He has also competed in able-bodied athletics at national level in Ireland. (punditarena.com, 06 Nov 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018, 19 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He was born without his left forearm due to amniotic band syndrome. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019; independent.ie, 25 May 2019)
Other information
BASKETBALL TO PARA ATHLETICS
He played able-bodied basketball before taking up Para athletics. He began training with coach Tomas Griffin, who had never worked with an athlete with an impairment before. "He was really open and accepting of trying new things and methodologies to our training regime, because there isn't exactly a handbook on how to teach one-handed high jumpers. We were going with the flow, seeing what would happen and ultimately it paid off in various different ways. Tomas has been a great guy by my side. Playing basketball, every single person on the court has a different shooting technique, whether you're able-bodied or impaired. That's just the way it is. Everybody has their own way of doing things and everybody is going to be different in that sense. Tomas realised that from the get-go and never once thought it was a bad thing. That's why we have a great relationship." (Cork Sports Partnership YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)