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Standing On The Shoulders

11 EpisodesProduced by PearsonWebsite

Standing on the Shoulders is a podcast about giants. Not the kind you run into in fairytales...but the more metaphorical, inspirational kind - whose symbolic shoulders you can stand on to reach greater heights. Across each episode Aleks Krotoski chats to innovators and visionaries about what they’ve… read more


Lex Gillette

Lex Gillette is a blind Paralympics champion in the long jump category. He started losing his sight aged seven and despite ten different surgeries at the age of eight doctors told him there was nothing they could do. At school his coach introduced him to long jump, which he excelled at, collecting medals at all levels. He is the current world record holder in this field. He won the gold medal for long jump in the last Paralympics championship, which was in 2019 in Dubai. He's also a motivational speaker and a singer-songwriter.

Lex talked to Aleks about the challenge of adjusting to his circumstances at such a young age, the encouragement he received from his mother to maintain his independence, and about the process he uses to navigate the world and his chosen sport. He also talked about an inspirational pastor whose YouTube videos help him keep focus on his training and his writing. 

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