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Lacey Henderson



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T63, F63

Further personal information

Denver, CO, USA
Athlete, Student
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
International Studies, Language Studies - French, Language Studies - Spanish - University of Denver: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010 in Denver, CO, United States of America. "I started competing at the end of 2011 initially in pole vault and started long jumping in 2013."
Why this sport?
After losing a game of beer pong against her father TJ, he joked he could beat her at any sport, including pole vault which he had previously competed in. She accepted the challenge and began to train in pole vault. She also started running to improve her pole vault take off, and realised she was posting times that were better than some US Paralympic athletes.

International debut

Competing for
United States
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Reading, playing the ukulele, dancing, paddleboarding, writing and telling jokes. (, 19 Sep 2016;, 26 Apr 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a national record in long jump at the 2013 US Championships. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
In 2017 she sustained ankle and neck injuries after a car crash. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter who you are, you already have everything you need inside of yourself to achieve greatness. So often we are told we are too much or don't have enough to pursue our goals and it's just not true. Ultimately, you decide your life, and you find your way to get there." (, 26 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the Impaired Athlete Recognition Award at the 2013 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Banquet in the United States of America. (, 19 Apr 2013)
Other sports
She has competed in cheerleading at collegiate level at the University of Denver in the United States of America. (, 01 Oct 2015;, 27 Feb 2020)
Famous relatives
Her father TJ competed in pole vault at the 1976 US Olympic trials. He has also coached the sport, and was a national masters champion in decathlon in the United States of America. (, 01 Oct 2015)
To advocate for the inclusion of pole vault in the Paralympic Games, and to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Feb 2017;, 29 Jul 2019)
At age nine she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. After several months of chemotherapy she had her right leg amputated above the knee in May 1999. (, 01 Aug 2012; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
She runs a podcast and web series called 'Picked Last in Gym Class'. She has also worked as a model and host. "I am working more in entertainment as a host and model to normalise disability in the mainstream media." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 01 Oct 2019)

She has studied at DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management in Naperville, IL, United States of America. In 2009 she studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the University of Denver's study abroad programme. (Facebook profile, 25 Feb 2021; LinkedIn profile, 2013)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2013-07-22 4
Women's 100 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2015-10-22 5
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2015-10-29 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2016-09-17 5