Jason Griffiths #94
Jason lost his eyes when he was 2 years old. He soon became involved in Para sport, and Para swimming in particular.
Jason trained at the Manurewa Swimming Club with passionate coach Jane Logan. He was also training with a young man who was to become Paralympian #75 Aaron Bidois.
Adapting swimming to Jason’s disability was a big part of his coaches work at that time. At training, beepers have been installed on the end of each lane to signal Jason when he was nearing the end and would need to turn. During competition, coach Jane Logan would race down to the end of the pool in time to tap Jason slightly on the shoulder before he reached the end, he then knew he needed to turn. The club developed a new innovative electronic system called the Swimcom to replace tapping as a turning aid and advocated for it to be used at the Paralympic Games with no success.
Jason qualified for the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games but unfortunately did not go. He competed at his first international competition two years later at the Beijing 1994 FESPIC Games. In 1996, Jason made his Paralympic debut at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games where he competed in the 100m Breaststrokes B1, 200m Breaststrokes B2, 100m Freestyle B1 and 50m Freestyle B1.