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Lex Gillette

Lex Gillette

Keynote Speaker: Blind Paralympic Athlete & Motivational Speaker

Lex Gillette Biography

Lex Gillette is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a five-time Paralympic medalist, a four-time long jump world champion, and an 18-time national champion. He is the only totally blind athlete to ever eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump.

Growing up, many of his fellow eight-year-olds could be seen riding bicycles, shooting baskets, or frolicking on nearby playgrounds, but Gillette was dealing with a far more challenging opponent. His sight began to slowly fade entirely due to recurrent retina detachments. Ten operations failed to stabilize what little sight he had left. After the final surgery, Gillette’s mother, Verdina Gillette-Simms, had the difficult task of telling her son he would likely never see again. She vowed to teach Lex everything he would need to know to be successful in life. Her hard work and love were the foundation for Gillette’s accomplishments.

At the age of 19, Gillette won his first Paralympic silver medal in the long jump. His achievements at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece were the culmination of years of hard work and training. Since that time, Gillette has solidified himself as a tenacious competitor for Team USA. Each of his athletic performances since that time have resulted in medals with the most recent being silver in the long jump at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Gillette now has not only competed in but medaled in five consecutive Paralympic Games and he's looking for more. Ultimately, there is one goal, and that is to win gold for the United States of America. As an athlete, motivational speaker, and singer-songwriter, Lex epitomizes the phrase “No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision.

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Lex Gillette Videos

Ashford Commencement Speaker Lex Gillette
Wings are just a detail | Lex Gillette | TEDxSanDiego
Lex Gillette | Men's T11 100m Semifinal 1 | 2016 Paralympic Games

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What topics does Lex Gillette speak about?

Lex Gillette is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Motivational, Sports Motivation, Personal Growth, Disability, Athlete, Inspirational, TED, Black Heritage, Diversity, Paralympics, Sports, Entrepreneurship and Health.

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Lex Gillette is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Motivational, Sports Motivation and Personal Growth. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lex Gillette for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Lex Gillette can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dominique Dawes, Kylar Broadus and Brad Snyder. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lex Gillette for an upcoming event.

Lex Gillette Videos

Ashford Commencement Speaker Lex Gillette
Wings are just a detail | Lex Gillette | TEDxSanDiego
Lex Gillette | Men's T11 100m Semifinal 1 | 2016 Paralympic Games
Meet 3x Paralympic Medalist and Team24 Athlete Lex Gillette
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