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Lex Gillette

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Wes Williams, since 2007

Further personal information

Residence
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Occupation
Author, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Recreation Management - East Carolina University: Greenville, NC, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 17 in Raleigh, NC, United States of America.
Why this sport?
At high school he was paired with Brian Whitmer, a visual impairment specialist, who took him to a sports programme for visually impaired students in Michigan, United States of America, and encouraged him to try the long jump.
Club / Team
Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center: United States

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
United States
Tournament
IBSA World Championships
Location
Quebec, QC, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
Lex ["No one pronounced my given name correctly so I decided to shorten Elexis to Lex"]. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; teamusa.org, 07 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Singing, playing the piano, writing lyrics, reading, travelling, sports, watching movies, attending concerts, collecting Nike Air Jordan shoes. (teamusa.org, 27 May 2020, 19 Sep 2016; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T11 long jump at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (teamusa.org, 27 May 2020)
Injuries
He sustained a calf muscle injury in 2013 that kept him out of action for more than one month. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

In 2012 he sustained a quadriceps muscle injury that took him two months to recover from. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No need for sight when you have a vision." (Twitter profile, 26 Feb 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received an Athletes in Excellence Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of his work as a mentor to children. (teamusa.org, 25 Nov 2015)

He was named the 2014 Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year by the Athletes with Disabilities Network [ADN] in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 01 Oct 2014)

In 2009 he received the African-American Association of Georgia [AAAG] Life Encouragement Award in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

In 2009 he received the Greater Raleigh Sports Council Courage and Character Award in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

In 2008 he received the Kay Yow Courage Award in North Carolina, United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

He was named the 2003 Raleigh News and Observer Male Athlete of the Year in North Carolina, United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lexgillette.com, 17 Sep 2019)
Impairment
At age three doctors discovered he had a cataract in his left eye. During recovery from his treatment he sustained a detached retina and lost all the vision in his left eye. At age eight his vision began to deteriorate in his right eye. (nytimes.com, 22 Jul 2012; teamusa.org, 22 Nov 2015)
Other information
LOS ANGELES 2028 LOGO
He designed one of the variations of the logo for the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. The Games organisers invited athletes, artists and other public figures to contribute versions of the 'A' in 'LA', with the initial designs revealed in 2020. (insidethegames.biz, 01 Sep 2020; itsnicethat.com, 02 Sep 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has mentored children through Classroom Champions, an international virtual education and mentorship organisation. "It was really important for me to have that person there who could give me some guidance and advice and just teach me about life and things that I would need to be successful. Somebody did that for me, so it's my responsibility to turn around and help these kids have that same opportunity so they can go out there and do amazing things." (teamusa.org, 25 Nov 2015; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in business administration at the University of Phoenix in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 18 Apr 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 3 3
Men's Long Jump F11 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Triple Jump F11 Final Round 5
Men's Long Jump F11 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 2 9999
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 4 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F11 Final Round 2
Men's 4x400 m T11-13 Heat 1 3
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 2 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-22 3
Men's Triple Jump F11 Final 2011-01-28 3
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-28 2
Men's Long Jump F11 Final 2011-01-29 9
Men's 200 m T11 Final 2011-01-29 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 4 2012-09-03 3
Men's Long Jump F11 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 1 2012-09-05 9999
Men's Triple Jump F11 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 4 2012-09-07 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 2
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Men's Triple Jump T11 Final 1 2013-07-24 2
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 2 2013-07-25 12
Men's Long Jump T11 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Semifinal 2 2015-10-22 12
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 5 2015-10-22 12
Men's Long Jump T11 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T11 Final Round 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-10 4
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-10 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-15 4
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-15 3
Men's Long Jump T11 Final 1 2017-07-16 1
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Final 1 2017-07-23 9999