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Jonnie Peacock

Motivational Speaker Jonnie Peacock
  • Paralympic 100m champion overturning favourite Oscar Pistorius.
  • Aged 5 contracted meningitis and had his right leg amputated from below the knee.
  • 14 years later he was Paralympic Champion at the 2012 London Games.
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Jonnie Peacock

Motivational Speaker Jonnie Peacock
  • Paralympic 100m champion overturning favourite Oscar Pistorius.
  • Aged 5 contracted meningitis and had his right leg amputated from below the knee.
  • 14 years later he was Paralympic Champion at the 2012 London Games.

Aged just five years old Jonnie lost his right leg below the knee after contracting meningitis. Always active, he went on to play in his school football and rugby teams as well as the local football team. In 2012 he became Paralympic champion when he won gold in the T44 100m.

In 1993 when aged just 15 he decided to find out more about disability sport and his prosthetist told him about a talent identification event taking place in London’s Mile End at the end of that year. At the talent day Jonnie tried out a few sports including wheelchair tennis, pistol shooting and a 60m sprint. A few days later the British Paralympic Association invited him to attend trials for a 5 month power programme. Jonnie made it on to the program and from there got set up with UK Athletics and a local sprint coach.

Jonnie began competing in the T44 class alongside the ‘blade runner’ Oscar Pistorius. At his first major championships, the 2011 IPC World Championship in Christchurch, Jonnie finished 5th in a time of 11.63, less than half a second behind Pistorius. Racing against the multiple Paralympic Gold medallist has proved a great inspiration for Jonnie and fuelled his own ambition to reach the podium at London 2012. Jonnie’s performances improved dramatically and just prior to the London 2012 Games he broke the world record at the US Paralympic Trials in June 2012 Jonnie with a time of 10.85 seconds.

Heading into the London 2012 Paralympics, Jonnie was therefore one of the favourites in an exceptionally strong field.  He blasted out of the blocks and powered home, past his sporting hero Pistorius, to claim gold in a new Paralympic record of 10.9 seconds, and become Paralympic Champion at just 19 years old. His triumph over one-time mentor and fellow Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorious brought on a phenomenal win and has led to the beginning of an exceptional career.

Jonnie holds the title of Paralympic World Champion. He has gone a long way – from a timid 5-year old disabled child to a proud and confident champion.

‘The Games have started to change that perception and that’s great. Oscar Pistorius says he’s got two disabilities, and millions of abilities. That’s so true, it’s probably the best quote I’ve heard from a Paralympian.”  – Jonnie Peacock

With or without his prosthetic, Jonnie is still making his journey to more achievements, be it on the field where he trains and competes as a professional athlete or at the podium where he shares and inspires as a motivational speaker.

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'The Games have started to change that perception and that’s great. Oscar Pistorius says he’s got two disabilities, and millions of abilities. That’s so true, it’s probably the best quote I’ve heard from a Paralympian.'

Client Testimonials

'The Games have started to change that perception and that’s great. Oscar Pistorius says he’s got two disabilities, and millions of abilities. That’s so true, it’s probably the best quote I’ve heard from a Paralympian.'

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