The Tokyo Paralympics began Tuesday august 24, and there’s a local runner from Indianapolis competing in the games. Noah Malone, 19, is one of the few legally blind Division 1 track athletes in the country. “It’s an unreal experience so far,” Malone said. “It’s so cool seeing a different culture like this.”
Malone arrived in Tokyo a few weeks ago to begin training for the 2020
Paralympics. “Such a unique situation that we’re in. It’s almost like a once in a
lifetime opportunity,” he said. On August 26 he competed in the 100 and 400 meter dash, representing the United States. “It means a lot,” Malone said. “It’s definitely a huge honor being able to represent our country and wear USA across our chest when we run.”
A runner his entire life, at 13 years old his life changed forever.
“It was actually sudden,” he described. “Like really sudden.”
He was diagnosed with a vision condition that strips away his central
vision, leaving him only with his peripheral vision.
“It comes about for most people around 13, 12 or something like that, early
teens,” he said. His condition is stable now. He’s still able to run, but he has some
challenges. “Just like, look at the lines at an angle so I’m not looking at them
directly on so I can run up my lane,” Malone said. “But once I do that,
honestly, everything is the same as anybody else.”
Malone also participated in a student training and employment program with
Bosma Enterprises that he credits for building his confidence and being able
to achieve his goals.
“If you have something that motivates you or inspires you, there’s always a
way to get it done. Whether you lose your vision or whatever the case may
be. Paralympics just so happens to be the platform that I can do that on,”
Malone added. “So there’s always a way to achieve your goals no matter what.”