SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — When the summer season video games in Tokyo come to an finish, the highest disabled athletes from all over the world will head to Tokyo for the Paralympics. Blind lengthy jumper Lex Gillette, who trains on the Elite Athletes Coaching Middle in Chula Vista, will probably be part of the video games for the fifth time.
Gillette, 36, misplaced his eyesight when he was eight-years-old, and commenced lengthy leaping when he was 15.
“That got here out of a bodily health check we needed to take part in,” he mentioned.
When it got here to lengthy leaping, Lex admits he was hesitant at first.
“Somebody asks you to run as quick as you may with out you with the ability to see something, that is actually scary and it takes a whole lot of belief,” mentioned Lex.
The excellent news is he was in a position to conquer his concern and is now among the best lengthy jumpers on this planet. In actual fact, he’s the world file holder within the occasion. He competed in his first Paralympic video games in 2004 and will probably be now be competing in his fifth this 12 months — and, in fact, is hoping to deliver residence gold.
“Thankfully I am nonetheless wholesome, sturdy, and quick. I am leaping far proper now, so sure, it is undoubtedly going to be a whole lot of enjoyable as all of the video games are completely different,” Lex mentioned.
Clearly, Tokyo will probably be completely different as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I simply hope that everybody does their half and might keep socially distanced. I hope everybody follows the entire guidelines so that everybody can compete,” he mentioned.
When Lex heads to Tokyo in a couple of weeks, he goes with one aim in thoughts. He has received 4 silver medals on the Paralympic Video games however he has by no means received the gold.
“I practice Monday via Friday, generally three to 4 hours a day, in hopes of profitable that gold medal. I really feel that I’m ready, I do know that I’m ready. The one factor left to do is go to the video games, do not put an excessive amount of stress on myself, and do my very best whereas having enjoyable within the course of,” Lex mentioned.