Jarryd Wallace

Track and Field

Name: Jarryd Wallace
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Event(s): 100m
Classification: T44
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145
DOB: 5/15/1990
Birthplace: Athens, Ga.
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
High School: Oconee County High School (Athens, Ga.) '08
College: University of Georgia '15, Speech Communications
Coach(es): Ken Harnden
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, sixth (400m)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2013 – gold (4x100m relay, 200m), 4th (100m)
  • Years of Participation: 2013
  • Medals: 2 (2 gold)
  • Gold – 2013 (4x100m relay, 200m)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – Track & Field, gold (100m)
  • 2015 Parapan Am Games, 1st (100m)
Personal: A high school state champion in the 800- and 1,600-meters, Wallace grew up in an athletic family as the son of a collegiate tennis coach and former all-conference distance runner at the University of Georgia. During his junior year in 2010, he started feeling pain in his right shin that he ultimately learned was the effect of compartment syndrome. Complications in surgery caused him to make the decision to amputate his leg below-the-knee. While doing online research, Wallace came across the world record list for Paralympic track & field, subsequently showing his parents and telling them that his name would be there. Within 12 weeks of his amputation, he had his first running blade and just 15 months after his amputation, he won his first major international gold and set a world record at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. ...Son of Jeff and Sabina Wallace…Has one older sister, Brittany…Engaged to Lea Babcock, who he plans to marry in Georgia three weeks after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games…Owns a Hungarian Vizsla named Luna…Hobbies include music, playing guitar, wakeboarding, surfing, writing and reading…Started a Leg in Faith Foundation in 2012 that gives grants to amputees 18-year-old and over who are dedicated to becoming future U.S. Paralympians…Works part-time as a territory representative for a prosthetic company called Shamrock Prosthetics, where he coaches patients through their amputation and recovery.

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