Perryton Native to Compete in the Paralympic Games

On August 29, the 2012 Paralympic Games will begin in London. Among the Games’ discus competitors will be Jeremy Campbell, a 2006 graduate of Perryton High School. Because he was born with tibia and fibula complications, Jeremy’s right leg was amputated below the knee when he was one. However, his “disability” has not held him back.

At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Jeremy won two gold medals—for the discus and pentathlon—and set the world record in the pentathlon. He was also a nominee for the 2009 ESPY Award (essentially, the sports version of the Oscars) in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category, and he’s been featured in ESPN The Magazine.

This year alone, he has had multiple achievements. He was named the United States Olympic Committee Male Athlete of the Month for May. Also in May, he broke a world record in men’s discus at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England. He threw the discus 62.14 meters (203 feet, 10 inches), making him the first Paralympic athlete to throw more than 200 feet.

In June at the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Oklahoma, Campbell twice broke his discus world records with throws of 62.4 meters and 63.45 meters.

If you would like to follow Jeremy at this year’s Paralympics, you can watch online at (The men’s discus competition is scheduled for August 31.) And for updates on Jeremy, you can like his fan page or follow him on Twitter.

We caught up with Jeremy to ask about his success and the upcoming Paralympic Games. Here’s what he had to say.

Perryton: Did you always want to be a professional athlete?
Who doesn’t?! I always had the desire to continue sports after high school but never knew this would be the road God had planned for me.

Perryton: How did you become involved in the Paralympics?
Jeremy: I was told about a Paralympic event called the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Oklahoma, in 2003. I went there with curiosity. After I did well there, doors began to open, allowing me to continue pursuing the dream.

Perryton: How have you been preparing for this year’s Games in London?
Jeremy: Training a lot, just taking a day at a time and focusing on the things that I need to be doing each day—all while trying to stay healthy. I have been dealing with a few minor injuries this year, so I’m just trying to stay as healthy as possible while getting better.

Perryton: How and where do you train?
Jeremy: I do lot of strength and conditioning, technical work, and sport-specific training. I train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. When I’m not training, I’m working toward a psychology degree at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Perryton: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far?
Jeremy: My world record performance in Beijing

Perryton: To what do you attribute all your success?
Jeremy: First, God and His grace. Then, my whole family and every person and/or organization that has stood by me along the way.

Perryton: How has growing up in Perryton impacted you?
Jeremy: In more ways than I would have ever guessed. It is such a supportive community, and I am very grateful for that. Growing up in a smaller town allowed me to keep my mind focused on what I really wanted in life, and as I grew up, the principles it and the people of Perryton taught me have always helped me.

Perryton: What else should we know about you?
Jeremy: I am just completely thrilled to have the opportunity to represent my country and my hometown of Perryton. I am so grateful to have each individual’s support, and I hold it all very close to my heart.



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