Wheelchair Racing, Goal Setting and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics | A Q&A with Paralympian Jade Jones-Hall
One of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport, Jade is as good at speaking as she is at winning medals. A record-breaking wheelchair racer and obstacle refuser, Jade is a shining example of the power of goal setting with a positive mental attitude.
We caught up with Jade to chat about her wheelchair racing, setting goals and preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Hey Jade! You are hugely successful in wheelchair racing. How did you first get into the sport?
I first got into wheelchair racing when I was 12 years old. I met Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and husband Ian Thompson at a school sports day and they asked me to try out, and I haven’t really looked back since. Since that day Ian has coached me including through my transition into paratriathlon
What has been your career highlight so far?
I think for me that definitely has to be the Commonwealth Games in 2018. I became commonwealth champion in the paratriathlon which was just amazing. I then also surprised myself with a bronze medal in the marathon a week later. To be a part of an event that is so inclusive in terms of disability sport too, was just incredible.
How do you stay motivated on the days where training feels tough?
Everyone lacks motivation at one point or another, so when I do, I like to remind myself of my targets for that year, and also other goals I have set myself along the way. I’m very lucky to have found a sport that I absolutely love and so training never really feels like a chore.
Have you always been ambitious and a goal-setter?
I would say so, more so since I started sport. At the end of each year my coach and I will evaluate how the year has gone and set my targets for the following year. Alongside that I will have goals that I need to hit along the way in order to hit that target, and so I find it much more motivating when I’m working towards something. I applied the same principles when I was studying for my law degree to help keep me on track.
And finally, what’s next for you Jade?
The next big goal is Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, there are still a few big events along the way with the World championships this year and also the Tokyo test event, but everything is gearing up for the Paralympics next year.
It has been a delight chatting to you Jade, and we will all be cheering for you in Tokyo in 2020!
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