April Holmes

Track and Field

TwitterName: April Holmes
Height: 5’8”
Classification: T44
DOB: 3/11/1973
Hometown: Somerdale, N.J.
Current Residence: Kissimmee, Fla.
College: Norfolk State University, Mass Communications; University of Phoenix, MBA

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze (100m)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (100m)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, bronze (long jump)
Career Highlights:
  • 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, 1st (100m, 200m)
  • 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, 1st (200m), 2nd (100m)
  • 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, bronze (100m)
  • 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, bronze (100m)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (100m)
  • 2008 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships, 1st (100m, 200m, Long Jump)
  • 2007 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships, 1st (100m, 200m, Long Jump)
  • 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships, gold (100m, 200m)
  • 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships, bronze (Long Jump)
  • 2006 Visa Paralympic World Cup, 1st (Long Jump)
  • 2006 Paralympic Revival, 1st (100m, 400m)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, bronze (Long Jump)
  • 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships, silver (100m)
  • 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships, 4th (200m)

Personal: After losing her left leg below the knee in a train accident in 2001, April Holmes was determined to compete in the sport she loved again: track and field. While recovering, she learned about Paralympics and set three goals for herself: to represent Team USA, break world records and win gold medals. Now going for her fourth Paralympic Games in 2016, April Holmes has checked off every one of those items. The three-time Paralympic medalist is as accomplished off of the track as she is on. She uses her education and experience to spread disability awareness, running the April Holmes Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to assisting people with physical and learning disabilities through scholarships and medical equipment. Holmes serves as a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency athlete ambassador and USOC Classroom Champions mentor. She's also helped First Lady Michelle Obama on the "Let's Move" health campaign and won numerous accolades, including the USOC Spirit Award, U.S. Paralympics Mentor of the Year, National Association of Black Journalist Pioneer Award and several other notable awards. She has been featured in several music videos and was even the inspiration behind Air Jordan's 2009 signature shoe with APT technology. She became a published author with her first book "The Winning Way" and is working on her second, "Stop Limping Thru Life, Start Running". 

Connect: 
Facebook: April Holmes
Twitter: @aprilholmes
Instagram: @1fastamp
US Para Track and Field



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