“Do it for home, make them proud, keep running”
35-year-old Jason Smyth from Derry is known as the world’s fastest Paralympian. The visually impaired sprinter, who was diagnosed with Stargardt disease when he was eight, claimed his eighth world title in 2019. He has won a record six European Championship titles, along with having six gold Paralympics medals to his name in four different Games. Jason is fully focused on Paris 2024 and is determined to do what no other athlete has done before, win gold at five Games.
He continues his unbeaten run in world-class para-athletics for well over a decade. Jason holds World records in the 100m and 200m events and when he is preparing for Paris, he only sees gold. It’s not just his training and mentality which has kept him going, as his wife and two little girls are always by his side cheering him on.