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Jade Jones

Law student and Paralympic athlete

Jade Jones

LLB (Hons) Law

I was a member of the Paralympics GB team at the London and Rio Olympics, and won a bronze medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the T54 1500m.

What activities do you take part in outside of your course?

I’m a member of the University’s elite athlete scheme, which gives access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to athletes at international level or with exceptional
international potential.

How has the elite athlete scheme helped you?

The scheme has provided me with a comprehensive support package, tailored to
meet my individual needs and has been a huge help in allowing me to balance my sporting career with academic study.

Tell us about the sports facilities you've used

I’ve been able to access academic and sports science support, which has included
physiological assessments in the University’s environmental chamber, where the treadmill is adapted so I can be assessed in my race chair. The environment chamber can also simulate climatic conditions, which was useful when preparing for the heat in Rio. The gym is also fantastic for wheelchair athletes and I feel that Teesside is one of the most accessible universities in terms of Paralympic sport.

What made you take up wheelchair racing?

I was first encouraged to take up wheelchair racing by 11 times Paralympic gold medallist and Teesside University honorary graduate Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

What's the support network like at Teesside University?

Having a network at the University and them having an understanding of what I’m doing is invaluable. There’s never any questions if I need to go away on a training camp, they support me with the work I need.

It’s incredible, you wouldn’t get that support anywhere else.