Jordan's giant leap

Tadhg Evans

He's one of the best at high jump in the world going by the World Para Athletics Rankings, and he's also ranked right up there nationally, able-bodied or otherwise.

And it would seem Jordan Lee is only getting better.

The Killarney Valley AC and Irish team member, coached by Tomás Griffin, set a new Irish outdoor T47 high-jump record in recent days, courtesy of a jump of one metre and 88 centimetres.

But as impressive as that is, the Killarney man's jump in the International Paralympic Committee-recognised and Irish Wheelchair Association-run event wasn't his personal best; he has jumped one metre and 90 centimetres indoors.

The 2018 European Para Athletics Championship bronze medallist told The Kerryman that, despite the fact the Irish team is one of the world's best, he is confident of selection for the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai later this year - and his ultimate aim is to compete in Tokyo at the 2020 Paralympic Games.

"Because of Amniotic Band Syndrome, I was born this way and compete in the T47 category for those with amputations below the elbow," Jordan told The Kerryman.

"I'm ranked fifth in the world in the IPC Paralympic World Rankings, and sixth in the national able-bodied senior outdoor rankings.

"My first international event of the season is in [Grosetto] Italy, from June 4 to 9, and I'm stepping up my training and will be training hard over the summer months."

Jordan is proud of proving that para athletes can also perform superbly in able-bodied sports, and to add to an already exciting few days, he was recognised by his former school, St Brendan's College, with an award for his excellent 2018 LCA performance.