Next Presentation February 17, 2022
U.S. Paralympic Track Athlete
Jarryd Wallace is not your typical high school track star turned professional athlete.
His pursuit of world-class athletics took a detour at age 18 when he was diagnosed
with compartment syndrome. In what should have been his first year as a NCAA Division
1 athlete, he had his leg amputated. While most people saw tragedy, Wallace came to
understand his circumstances in different terms.
Wallace views life as a process of discovering one’s own potential, one that is not
defined by stop watches, gold medals or financial windfalls. Instead, it is the spirit
of living life to the fullest regardless of circumstances.
Despite his surgery, Wallace has continued to thrive on the track. He has won medals
in three Paralympic Games, set four world records and became a three-time world champion.
In addition to his athletic career, Wallace graduated from the University of Georgia
in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He is now focused on developing
affordable running blades to increase access and opportunities for other amputees.
Wallace currently lives in his hometown of Watkinsville, Georgia, with his wife, Lea,
and their son, Levi.