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Lex Gillette

Blind Paralympic Athlete; Motivational Speaker

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 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 four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-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. If you think that any of this came easy, you should think again.

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. As painful as this was, she vowed to teach Gillette 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 gold in the long jump at the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships.

Gillette now has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games, and he is currently training and competing to make his fifth consecutive U.S. Paralympic team. There is one goal, and that is to win gold for the United States of America. As an athlete, motivational speaker, and singer song writer, Gillette epitomizes the phrase “No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision®”.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lex Gillette for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lex Gillette for your next private or corporate function.
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Lex Gillette

Blind Paralympic Athlete; Motivational Speaker

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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 four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-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. If you think that any of this came easy, you should think again.

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. As painful as this was, she vowed to teach Gillette 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 gold in the long jump at the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships.

Gillette now has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games, and he is currently training and competing to make his fifth consecutive U.S. Paralympic team. There is one goal, and that is to win gold for the United States of America. As an athlete, motivational speaker, and singer song writer, Gillette epitomizes the phrase “No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision®”.

Lex Gillette Videos

  • Ashford Commencement Speaker Lex Gillette
    Jun 25, 2017 ... https://www.ashford.edu/ Lex Gillette, the keynote speaker at Ashford University's Spring 2017 Commencement, is a remarkable man.
  • Wings are just a detail | Lex Gillette | TEDxSanDiego
  • Lex Gillette | Men's T11 100m Semifinal 1 | 2016 Paralympic Games

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  • How to book Lex Gillette?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lex Gillette for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lex Gillette, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lex Gillette or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lex Gillette?

    Booking fees for Lex Gillette, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lex Gillette, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lex Gillette?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lex Gillette for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lex Gillette for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lex Gillette or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lex Gillette or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lex Gillette is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lex Gillette for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Lex Gillette generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Shawn Harper, Wesley Hamilton, Oz Sanchez and Travis Macy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lex Gillette for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lex Gillette Speaker Videos

  • Ashford Commencement Speaker Lex Gillette
    Jun 25, 2017 ... https://www.ashford.edu/ Lex Gillette, the keynote speaker at Ashford University's Spring 2017 Commencement, is a remarkable man.
    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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