Athletes

Josie Pearson MBE

Josie began playing Wheelchair Rugby in 2005 and was the first woman to represent ParalympicsGB in the sport of Wheelchair Basketball when she made her Games debut in Beijing in 2008.

  • Events:
    Athletics, Sailing
  • Home Town:
    Bristol
  • Lives:
    Haye-on-Wye, Herefordshire
  • Trains:
    Disability Sport Wales, Cardiff
  • Date Of Birth:
    03/01/1986
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08

She made a full transition to Athletics in 2009, finishing 5th in both the T52 100m and 800m at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Frustrated with her performances on the track, she has since focused on the throwing events (Club Throw and Discus) and is excelling in both. 

On her second Games appearance at London 2012, Josie won gold and set a world record in the F51/52/53 Discus with a throw of 6.58m.

"This is the culmination of so many years' hard work."Josie Pearson

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Josie was awarded a MBE.

Josie broke her neck in a road traffic accident in 2003.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • F51/52/53 Discus: gold
    F31/32/51 Club Throw: 5th
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • Wheelchair Rugby: 4th
     
  • 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France
  • F51 Discus: gold
    F51 Club Throw: bronze
  • 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • T52 100m: 5th
    T52 200m: DSQ
    T52 800m: 5th
     

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