The University of Chester Diversity Festival 2017 is excited to welcome British Paralympian and Commonwealth Games Medallist Jade Jones as our keynote speaker for 2017.
Jade is one of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport. Jade is currently competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio and is a strong medal contender. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37291344 for details of Jade’s events.
Having made her debut in the 400m, 800m and 1500m at London 2012 she more recently reached the finals of all three disciplines at the 2013 World Championships, won a 1500m Commonwealth Bronze medal in 2014 and won Silver and Bronze in the 800m and 1500m in the 2014 European Championships.
Jade, who is currently studying law at Teeside University, was born without a right femur, which meant that she would have to use crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She opted to have her foot amputated at the age of eight but it was not until the age of 12 that the opportunity to try a racing chair presented itself at a school sports day. Watching that day was Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson, who seeing Jade’s determination and talent invited her to a training session, and has gone on to train and mentor Jade ever since.
Jade will give an insight into her own story, including her experiences at the Rio Paralympics 2016 and the impact the support, coaching and mentoring from Dame Tanni Grey-Thomson has had. This inspiring address will give attendees an opportunity take away some really practical messages from this ambitious young athlete around overcoming obstacles, setting goals, determination and confidence that staff, students and visitors alike can apply to their own professional and personal lives.
Free and open to all, places are limited so book today!