Speaking to the World
Boston | Chicago | San Diego | Atlanta
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 >
Patrick “Blake” Leeper was chosen by the US Paralympics to represent Team USA in Rio 2016. At the Paralympic trials, he set a new American record in the 200m with a time of 21.5 and a new America’s record in the 400m at 46.1. He took silver in the 100m despite losing a prosthetic leg crossing the finish line live on NBC. In April 2018, Leeper set a new world record of 45.05 in a 400 meter race, not only beating Pistorius’ record, but placing him in the top 10 amongst able bodied athletes.
Leeper’s medal collection includes one gold, six silver and one bronze. Over his career, he hopes to win more medals than any Paralympic athlete in track and field. He is also striving to be an inspiration to others as the first American track and field Paralympian who qualifies for the able-bodied Olympic trials. In addition to the medals he has already won, Leeper holds one 2013 Paralympic world record in the 4x100m relay and three American records in the 100-meter dash (10.91). On June 20, 2015 Leeper broke his own American record in the 200-meter dash (21.49) and smashed the 400-meter dash record with a time of (46.54). Leeper’s record (4.42) for the 4x100-meter relay still stands today—making him the first-ever double leg amputee under 45 seconds.
Born without legs from a congenital birth defect, Leeper did not start racing until 2010. It was at his first ever race in Edmond, Oklahoma that he caught the attention of the Associate Director of High Performance for U.S. Paralympics Track and Field, who convinced his parents to let their son move into the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, where he started his habit of winning. That’s when Leeper left the University of Tennessee to embark on a journey that no one could envision for a kid from Tennessee born without legs. As a popular inspirational speaker, he shares his incredible story with audiences around the world imparting on them the valuable lesson that anything is possible. Read Less ^
Finding Abilities in Your Disabilities
Blade Runner, Inspirational Speaker
The Bladerunner Who Beat Addiction
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 was amazing! We had so much fun spending time with him the day before our big event at our Fun Run. He was so engaged with the kids that attended and left us all feeling inspired to think big and be great in all that we do. He was a phenomenal keynote presenter and our members loved hearing his story."
“Blake was fantastic. I think a lot of people found Blake’s message inspirational. Thanks so much for all your support….!”
"He delivered! Inspirational and a much needed message. Everyone commented in the chat section about their appreciation. Thank you for your flexibility."
"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!)!"
"Blake is truly remarkable. Please let me know how I can support him picking up more speaking opportunities."
"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!"
Leap of Faith: My Journey to Become the Fastest American on Two Blades
Blake Leeper on 2016 Olympics: “I want to be the best of the best.”
Blake Leeper Shows Inner Strength in New Motivational Video
Blake Leeper: A Man with a Powerful Message at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Team USA's Blake Leeper Shines at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Meet America's Most Inspiring Athlete: Paralympian Blake Leeper Talks Perseverance, High Fashion, & Olympic Dreams
Email Your List
You’ve reached your maximum number of speakers for this list.
Email Your List