Jonnie Peacock MBE won Gold at the London 2012 Paralympics in the T44 men’s 100m event beating the champion sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Jonnie lost his right leg below the knee after contracting meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5. Always active, he went on to play for his school football and rugby teams.
In 2008 Jonnie 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. He has been training and improving in the 100m sprint ever since.
At his first major championships, the 2011 IPC World Championship in Christchurch, Peacock finished 2nd in the heats to make the final. This was a phenomenal achievement and he went on to finish 5th in a time of 11.63, less than half a second behind Oscar Pistorius.
Since then Jonnie’s performances have improved dramatically at every competition – 11:51 at the 2011 London Grand Prix to break the existing European Record, 11.32 at the 2012 Paralympic World Cup then at the US Paralympic Trials in June 2012 Jonnie ran a time of 10.85 to break the World Record!
At the 2016 Summer Paralympics, Peacock defended his title, winning gold in the T44 100m, in 10.81 seconds.
Jonnie Peacock is available for motivational Q&A sessions.