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GILLETTE Elexis
Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthKinston, NC, USA
Height1.85 m
Weight 79 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Wes Williams, since 2007
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Musician
Languages
English
Higher education
Recreation Management - East Carolina University: Greenville, NC, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in high school.
Why this sport?
At high school he was paired with Brian Whitmer, a visual impairment specialist, who took him to a sports programme for visually impaired students in Michigan, United States of America, and encouraged him to try the long jump.
Training Regime
He trains at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, United States of America.
General Interest
Nicknames
Lex (lexgillette.com, 19 Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Singing, playing the piano, writing, reading, travelling, sports. (teamusa.org, 19 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No need for sight when you have a vision." (Twitter profile, 29 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received an Athletes in Excellence Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of his work as a mentor to children. (teamusa.org, 25 Nov 2015)

He was named the 2014 Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year by the Athletes with Disabilities Network [ADN] in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, Oct 2014)

He was named the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] Athlete of the Month for May 2011. (teamusa.org, 13 Jun 2011)

In 2009 he received the African-American Association of Georgia [AAAG] Life Encouragement Award in United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

In 2009 he received the Greater Raleigh Sports Council Courage and Character Award in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

In 2008 he received the Kay Yow Courage Award in North Carolina, United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)

He was named 2004 Eagle Scout News and Observer Athlete of the Year in United States of America. (US Paralympics, 25 Jun 2007)

He was named the 2003 Raleigh News and Observer Male Athlete of the Year in United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 14 May 2011)
Impairment
At age three doctors discovered he had a cataract in his left eye. During recovery from his treatment he sustained a detached retina and lost all the vision in his left eye. At age eight his vision began to deteriorate in his right eye. (nytimes.com, 22 Jul 2012; teamusa.org, 22 Nov 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 he mentored children via video through Classroom Champions, an international virtual education and mentorship organisation. "It was really important for me to have that person there who could give me some guidance and advice and just teach me about life and things that I would need to be successful. Somebody did that for me, so it's my responsibility to turn around and help these kids have that same opportunity so they can go out there and do amazing things." (teamusa.org, 25 Nov 2015)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's in business administration at the University of Phoenix in the United States of America. (lexgillette.com, 18 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 45.18 
2 2004 Long Jump F11 6.24 
14 2008 100m T11 11.85
5 2008 Triple Jump F11 12.19
13 2008 200m T11 24.42
2 2008 Long Jump F11 6.46
  2008 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DNF
Round 1 2012 200m T11 25.42
2 2012 Long Jump F11 6.34
Round 1 2012 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DNF
4 2012 Triple Jump F11 12.39
Round 1 2012 100m T11 11.85
2 2016 Long Jump T11 6.44
Semifinal 2016 100m T11 11.73
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 45.16
5 2006 4 x 400m Relay T11-13 3:43.05
2 2006 Long Jump F11 6.12
5 2011 100m T11 11.63
3 2011 Triple Jump F11 12.55
3 2011 200m T11 23.74
9 2011 Long Jump F11 5.05
2 2013 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 43.62
2 2013 Triple Jump T11 12.66
Heats 2013 100m T11 11.98
1 2013 Long Jump T11 6.32
12 2015 100m T11 11.67
1 2015 Long Jump T11 6.38
4 2017 100m T11 11.60
1 2017 Long Jump T11 6.27
  2017 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DNF