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BROOM-EDWARDS Jonathan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthReading, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T44
Further Personal Information
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Massage Therapist, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Aeronautical Engineering - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2012.
Why this sport?
He used to play basketball and he thought athletics could help him improve his jump shots. "I found out I was pretty good at it, joined Loughborough Athletics Club [in England] for a year and got a silver medal at the British Universities and College Sports Athletics Championships."
Club / Team
Newham & Essex Beagles: England
Name of coach
Paul Harrison [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US basketball players Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, British high jumper Robbie Grabarz. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Injuries
In April 2018 he ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg. (jonathanbroomedwards.co.uk, 19 May 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He watches the movies 'Coach Carter' and '300' before major competitions. (telegraph.co.uk, 19 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One of the things I have had to learn is to accept the impairment. I won't be as able as other high jumpers and can never get to that level because I can't strengthen up enough. I have to accept that and push as hard as I can." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Other sports
He represented England at a European indoor able-bodied athletics competition in 2016 in Linz, Austria. He also played able-bodied basketball while attending Loughborough University in England. (englandathletics.org, 15 Feb 2016; bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jonathanbroomedwards.co.uk, 15 Jan 2017)
Impairment
He has congenital talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as club foot. The condition affects his left foot. He also has issues with his right foot, an unstable right knee, and muscular imbalance throughout his body. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
He has struggled with stress and anxiety ahead of competitions, which he feels has affected his sporting performances as well as his private life. After experiencing negative thoughts following surgery on his Achilles tendon in April 2018, he revealed that he had started meditating as a way of keeping himself calm. "I have worked daily to control my thoughts and feelings, improve my focus in and out of competition and most importantly to remain present in the moment. I felt elements of fear and anxiety about competing which certainly didn't enhance my performance in these competitions. Being aware of these thoughts and accepting them for what they are, as just thoughts, is a skill I'm working hard on. No matter how turbulent your mind can feel, there is a place of stillness beyond it all." (jonathanbroomedwards.co.uk, 19 May 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a clinical biomechanist and sports massage therapist for Cione Postural Rejuvenation in Loughborough, England. (Twitter profile, 13 Mar 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2014 he qualified with a diploma in sports massage from Loughborough College in England. (LinkedIn profile, 15 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 High Jump T44 2.10
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 High Jump T42/44 2.08
2 2015 High Jump T44 2.05
2 2017 High Jump T44 2.08
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 High Jump T44 2.15
3 2016 High Jump T42-44 2.07