Athlete Spotlight

Dwaine Jones

Athlete Dwaine Jones (on left) with Alex Mimlitz (on Right)

 

My name is Dwaine Jones, I’m a low vision athlete and I’m a graduate of the 2010 class of the Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB). I have been a part of Achilles Nashville since 2013 and I have walked/run in intervals over the last year after just walking with Achilles guides for 3 years before that. I have come from a very hard weight loss challenge since the day I stepped on the scales and they said 336 lbs. I had struggled for 4 years to get my feet to not lock up stopping me from running.  My 2016 with Achilles was amazing as I prepared for my first ever Half Marathon in downtown Nashville.  My experience with Achilles has been a great experience and I think the organization has a great idea and vision to help the athletes getting paired up with guides so they can safely accomplish competing in races throughout on all levels. Each and every guide from Achilles has their own specialties apart from their amazing guidance during the run weekly, and I believe this is another great part of Achilles because you get to witness and experience and share the journey with people that are different from myself and other athletes. Outside of my running with Achilles, I am with the Tennessee Association of Blind  Athletes and we work to promote adaptive sports throughout the state of Tennessee. I am very proud to be a part of Achilles.