Jason Smyth was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age 8. The condition, which affects central vision, has deteriorated since then so he now has approximately 10% vision. When he was sixteen he was approached by his PE teacher about joining an athletics club. His talent was quickly noticed and before long he was winning national titles in schools competitions and running in Paralympic events.
In 2008 Jason competed at the Beijing Paralympics Games where he took gold in the T13 100m and 200m, breaking the world record in both. In 2010 he became the first Paralympics athlete to qualify and complete in the able bodied European Championships, making it to the semi-final in the 100 metres. He then went on to qualify and race in the World Championships in 2011. Jason again won two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 100m and 200m races, breaking two world records in the process. This is a feat he hopes to repeat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
We are delighted to have Jason speak at Retina 2015 and look forward to hearing about his many achievements in a career that has earned him the title of ‘Fastest Paralympian on the Planet’. A terrific ambassador for Fighting Blindness and our members.
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