Olympic/Paralympic Games Medalist, World and American Record Holder
Patrick “Blake” Leeper is an eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder. In June of 2018, running in a field of able-bodied runners, he shattered his own world record in the 400 meters, coming in at 44.42, the fastest time ever by an amputee. He started his medal run in 2011 at the Parapan American Games where he took his first silver in the 100-meter dash. He went on to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where he picked up two more medals, a bronze in the 200-meter dash and silver in the 400-meter dash, losing to South African Oscar Pistorius, whose world record of 45.39 seconds Leeper eventually broke. In 2013, Leeper also took four medals at the Paralympic World Championships in Lyon, France, where he ran as part of the world record-setting 4x100-meter relay gold medal team. At the same event he took the silver medal in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. Read More >
Blade Runner, Inspirational Speaker
400m Semifinal at U.S. National Championship
Road to Rio
Patrick Leeper's Incredible Journey to the Paralympic Games
Anything is Possible
2016 Paralympic Trials 400m Championship
I'm Thankful for my Disability
Born without legs below his knees, Patrick “Blake” Leeper has never been one for excuses. He has defied the odds and won countless titles as a Paralympic runner. Now, he shares his personal yet inspiring story with all audiences. Taking them through every twist and turn, this articulate young man will have everyone on the edge of their seat, leaving the event with a sense of confidence and the determination to never give up.
Patrick “Blake” Leeper has faced insurmountable obstacles as a paraplegic athlete. However, he has never let his physical disabilities stop him from following his dreams. Leeper uses his life and the lessons learned as the guideline to teach audiences to find the positive abilities in their seemingly negative disabilities. Whether the wall in front of you is physical or emotional, this speech provides practical advice to push forward as well as motivation to challenge yourself to overcome any barrier you may face.
In this speech, Patrick “Blake” Leeper defines what it means to set your mind to accomplishing your wildest dreams. Using sport analogies and personal stories, he inspires audiences to run towards their dreams rather than walk. His encouraging and powerful message will help others believe in themselves, remain persistent and ultimately embrace their flaws to achieve their goals.
"Blake Leeper was a super hero on Friday. Incredible. Phenomenal. Can't say enough good things about him and the job he did."
"The event was great! So far all the feedback from our student-athletes, coaches, and staff has been extremely positive. The enthusiasm and energy he brought will be tough to match for our future speakers (a tough task for you all at APB!)!"
"I listened to Blake's speech along with about 1400 people in the arena; the majority were high school seniors.
You could have heard a pin drop while he spoke. I've never seen young people more captivated.
Blake stayed three hours past his contract time. He made over 1,000 photos with young people. I have worked in education for twenty-four years. Some of these students have been with me for five years. In that time, students who still won't look me in the eye stood in line for almost an hour just to meet Blake after listening to him speak.
I am so appreciative of your guidance and patience during this process. You helped change lives in Appalachia on Friday. I know that sounds like it is blown out of proportion, but you truly did."
"Blake knocked it out of the park. Some comments I have received: "Man, that was incredible" and “I'm a better person after hearing Blake.” He had a long line of folks wanting to meet him when he was done. Not only did he do an awesome job with his message, he is a really good guy. We all enjoyed spending time with him. Thanks for working with us—Blake now has another 300+ fans!"
"Everything went really well! One of the high school principals felt he was the best speaker of the last three years. He said he connected well with the students, especially the Freshmen and Sophomore classes. I was blown away with his story, but also with his positive attitude and overall view on life. I ended up ordering relay batons as thank you gifts for my sponsors. They had one of Blake's quotes printed on them and then he autographed each one—the sponsors LOVED them."
"The event went smooth and everyone was so inspired and motivated by Blake Leeper. He is an amazing young athlete and speaker. I would recommend him for any audience. Our audience was very inspired since we serve a large population with disabilities. Thank you for recommending him to us. We are going to keep track of him in hopes he will make the 2016 Olympics!"