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Kelsey Lefevour



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Champaign, IL, USA
Education Professional
Higher education
Media Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 in her freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
A coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offered her the opportunity to experience a racing chair. "I was introduced to Adam Bleakney, who commented that I had really long arms, which apparently is good for wheelchair racing. I brushed it off for a little while because I was like, 'I'm not really sporty'. Looking back on it, I kind of thought that I just couldn't be, not really that I didn't have an interest in it. I was new to Champaign and I was looking for a way to meet new people. I started going to track practice shortly into my freshman year and instantly loved it. It probably truly was a social thing for me."
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Skiing, listening to country music, following baseball team the Chicago Cubs. (, 2016;, 04 Dec 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the T53 100m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Adam Bleakney, and her mother. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair racer Jessica Galli Cloy. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never wish for it more than you work for it." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. (, 22 Feb 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 Dec 2019)
She has spinal cord injuries as the result of being born with scoliosis, kyphosis and diastematomyelia. (, 10 Jul 2013)
Other information
In 2019 she spoke about the responsibilities she felt came with being an older member of the US Para athletics team, which tie into her professional teaching activities. "One of the really cool things about our team is that we are so diverse in backgrounds and past experiences and then we also have a wide range of ages. I think we learn from each other, kind of back and forth. I think there's certainly something to be said about being one of the veterans or seasoned members of the team and getting to share some of your experiences with our younger athletes. I certainly learnt a lot from those older than me. I was really fortunate that I had some really great mentors who took me under their wing and made it little bit less overwhelming. I remember that really fondly and I think that that's something I certainly try to carry forward as our new athletes come through." (Applied Health Sciences at Illinois YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2019)

She serves as an adjunct professor at the American College of Financial Services in the United States of America. She is involved in teaching courses that introduce students to physical impairments, as well as coaching education and athlete identity. (, 01 Jun 2020, 16 Feb 2019)

After completing a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, she completed a master's degree in sport management at the same university in 2014. She then began a doctorate [PhD] in sport management at the same university. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 5
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-22 10
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 11
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-27 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-08 3
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-10 6
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-15 5
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-18 9
Women's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 6