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Jason Smyth Biography – Jason Smyth Wiki
Jason Smyth is an Irish retired sprint runner. Smyth is visually impaired and competed in the T13 classification. The sprinter from Derry, who represented Ireland in four Paralympic Games and Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was Paralympic sport’s fastest athlete until 2021 and remained unbeaten throughout a career which began at the 2005 European Championships in Espoo, Finland, The Guardian reported.
The legally blind Smyth represented Ireland at four Paralympic Games including Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and and Tokyo 2021. He won 100m and 200m doubles at the Beijing and London Games in 2008 and 2012. He also retained the 100m title at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021.
Smyth’s 21 major honours included nine world gold medals and six European titles. He also held the status of the world’s fastest Paralympian from 2012 until the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, when his 100m time of 10.46 seconds was beaten by 0.03secs by T12 runner Salum Ageze Kashafali.
Smyth announced his retirement from Para athletics on Wednesday, 29 March 2023 at the age of 35.
“I think now is the right time for me to step away from competitive Paralympic Sport. I lived and fulfilled the dream and now I hope to support the next generation of Para athletes on their journey,” Smyth said. “I have loved my time with Team Ireland and I have had many incredible memories that I will really treasure from my time as an athlete.
“There are so many people that have helped me along the way from my coaches, support staff, to my teammates, partners and my competitors. I would especially like to pay tribute to my incredible and very patient family, especially my wife Elise and my daughters Evie and Lottie.”
Smyth continued to be a positive influence on Irish Paralympic Sport after his retirement as he joined the staff at Paralympics Ireland. He took up the role of strategy manager with the organisation with immediate effect.
“I now look forward to joining my new teammates at Paralympics Ireland. I feel that I have a lot to offer thanks to my experiences as an athlete and as someone that has been in the Paralympic and Disability sporting environment since my youth,” Smyth said. “I can’t wait to start this new stage of my career and giving back to the sport that has meant so much to me.”
Jason Smyth Age
Paralympian champion Jason Smyth was born on 4 July 1987 in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Jason Smyth Wife
DWTS contestant Jason Smyth is married to his wife Elise. They have two daughters Evie and Lottie.
Jason Smyth Disability
Paralympian Jason Smyth is legally blind, with his central vision affected by Stargardt’s disease.
Jason Smyth Dancing with the Stars Ireland
Six-times Paralympic sprint champion Jason Smyth is a contestant on the seventh series of Dancing with the Stars Ireland on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player. He said: “It’s quite a step away from the world on the athletics track to the dance floor. So, I think there are elements I’m excited about and elements that I’m just a little bit nervous about as well.
“I wouldn’t even say I was someone who dances loads, I have two girls, eight and five, and they both love to dance so, I’ve had to learn to bop around more and more, but it’s usually to princess songs or something slightly different!”
Smyth was the 11th and final contestant to be revealed for the RTÉ show. He joined Rosanna Davison, Eileen Dunne, Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Rory Cowan and Fair City actor Shane Quigley Murphy. The celebrity line-up also includes Wild Youth’s David Whelan, drag icon Blu Hydrangea, social media star Miriam Mullins, RTE’s Laura Fox, jockey Davy Russell and presenter Katja Mia.
Jason Smyth Partner
Dancing with the Stars contestant Jason Smyth will be paired with [yet to be disclosed] for the RTÉ show.
Jason Smyth Height
Smyth stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 m).
Jason Smyth Religion
He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).