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BILLINGSLEY Ja-Que
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age26
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Pasadena, CA, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Finance - Pasadena City College: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting after rehabilitating from his amputation.
Why this sport?
He wanted to continue playing American football after losing his leg, so he began lifting weights to increase his strength.
General Interest
Nicknames
Astrokid (Facebook profile, 11 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't try to be something you're not. Just be the best you can be." (magazines.scholastic.com, 31 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Disability Sports Awards in the United States of America. (blazesports.org, 09 Nov 2014)

He was named the 2014 Paralympic High School Field Athlete of the Year by the US Paralympic Committee. (blazesports.org, 09 Nov 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in discus and shot put for the US national Para athletics team. He also played for Pasadena City College's American football [able-bodied] team, and competed in wheelchair basketball for the Houston County Sharks in Texas, United States of America. (parasport-news.com, 28 Aug 2015; blazesports.org, 09 Nov 2014)
Impairment
He dislocated his right knee during wrestling practice in November 2011. He went to hospital and was released, but later realised he could not feel his right foot. It was discovered he had pinched a nerve in his leg, and a blood clot formed. Gangrene set in and doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee. (41nbc.com, 27 Oct 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
11 2017 +107kg 182.0