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Noah Malone

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Residence
Terre Haute, IN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His mother noticed he was quick when he would run around their garden. He also enjoyed basketball growing up but eventually switched his focus to athletics. "I was a very big basketball person and I even tried out for the basketball team in eighth grade with my vision loss. I made the team but the games were too fast-paced so I had to stop basketball but I still had track."
Why this sport?
In 2017 the former director of US Paralympics Track and Field, Cathy Sellers, contacted his family to talk about Noah getting involved in the Paralympic programme. "Honestly, I didn't know too much about it. I was still competing against able-bodied athletes and people with sight. So I really didn't have any idea about anything like that. I wouldn't say it was a shock to me, but it was just an eye-opener just how many opportunities are out there."
Club / Team
Indiana State University: Terre Haute, IN, USA
Name of coach
Angela Martin [club]

General interest

Hobbies
Playing basketball, listening to music, watching television, spending time with friends. (paralympic.org, 03 Aug 2019; youarecurrent.com, 20 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (TEDx Talks YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2020)
Injuries
He suffered a knee cartilage injury in February 2020. He returned to training in mid-March the same year. (indystar.com, 01 Mar 2020)

He fractured his ankle after stepping on starting blocks whilst competing in his first 200m race after losing his vision. (TownePost LIVE YouTube channel, 11 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If a life-changing event does happen, positive or negative, your goal should not change at all." (TEDx Talks YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he was named Mr Track and Field by Indiana Association of Track and Cross-Country Coaches [IATCCC]. (indystar.com, 01 Mar 2020)

In 2018 he was named High School Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics. (milesplit.com, 03 Dec 2018)

In 2017 and 2018 he was named a Track and Field All-American by US Paralympics. (readthereporter.com, 17 Feb 2019; eu.indystar.com, 30 Nov 2018)
Milestones
At the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, he was a member of the United States team that won the first ever world championship gold medal in the universal 4x100m relay. (paralympic.org, 14 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
His father Kyle Malone competed in athletics for the University of Indianapolis [then Indiana Central] in the United States of America. (youarecurrent.com, 20 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 24 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with leber's hereditary optic neuropathy [LHON] in 2015, a genetic visual impairment. He lost half of his vision within three months of diagnosis. (teamusa.org, 04 Aug 2019, 24 Aug 2018)
Other information
CROSSOVER
He hopes to compete against both able-bodied athletes and Para athletes as his career progresses. "I competed with able-bodied in high school and I won the state meet for the 200m in Indiana. I love to compete with able-bodied and I love to compete in the Paralympic world too. I think the combination of both worlds is just perfect. I would love to do both if I had the opportunity and I keep working hard and times keep dropping, I would sure jump at the opportunity to do both. Hopefully when I am a little bit older I can get there, maybe during college. That would be a goal of mine." (paralympic.org, 03 Aug 2019)