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LEE Alex
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ireland   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthGalway, IRL
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Katie
Residence
Galway, IRL
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Geography - National University of Ireland [NUI]: Galway, IRL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2016 at Dangan running track in Galway, Ireland.
Why this sport?
He wanted to try 100m and 200m running. "I didn't even know stuff like this [Para athletics] existed. I just wanted to run to go out, clear the head and get my fitness back up again. Then I got the bug, but I didn't realise that some day I would get to world championship level."
Club / Team
Galway City Harriers: Ireland
Name of coach
Brendan Glynn, IRL, from 2018
Training Regime
He goes to the gym before work three times a week, and also has track sessions three times a week in the evenings.
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching and coaching football, playing golf, swimming. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Ireland in football at U17 level. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His partner Katie, and prosthetists Sylvain Cosentino and Donna Fisher. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
English footballer Steven Gerrard. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In the early part of 2020 he was affected by shin splints. (irishexaminer.com, 15 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People say to me, 'I couldn't have done what you did' or that I'm an inspiration, but it's not like I wake up every morning and decide 'Oh, I want to be inspirational'. I just get up and do what I have to do." (the42.ie, 26 Oct 2019)
Other sports
Before his accident he played football for Mervue United in the League of Ireland First Division. He had also represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 level. (balls.ie, 03 Feb 2017; punditarena.com, 17 Aug 2016)
Impairment
In March 2016 he broke his leg while playing football for Mervue United in the Connacht Junior Cup in Ireland. After 14 operations his right leg was amputated below the knee. (irishexaminer.com, 15 Apr 2020; balls.ie, 03 Feb 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an Irish language and geography teacher at St. Joseph's Patrican College in Galway, Ireland. (Twitter profile, 16 Feb 2021; irishexaminer.com, 15 Apr 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has a postgraduate diploma in business from the National University of Ireland [NUI] in Galway, Ireland. He also studied for a postgraduate degree in education at Hibernia College in Dublin. He also obtained a UEFA B licence football coaching course in 2018. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; the42.ie, 26 Oct 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2019 200m T64 25.22