Deja Young

Deja Young

2016 U.S. Paralympian, Track

Name: Deja Young
Height: 5-6
Weight: 159
Classification: T47
DOB: 6/10/1996
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Current Residence: Mequite, Texas
High School: Horn High School (Mesquite, Texas)
College: Wichita State University

Career Highlights

Paralympic Experience

  • One-time Paralympian (2016); Two-time medalist (2 gold)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (100m, 200m)

World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2015 – gold (100m), silver (200m)
  • Years of Participation: 2015
  • Medals: 2 (1 gold, 1 silver)
  • Gold – 2015 (100m)
  • Silver – 2015 (200m)

Other Career Highlights

  • 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships , 1st (100m, 200m)
  • 2015 NCAA D1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2nd Team All-American 4×100 (WSU)
  • 2015 Missouri Valley All-Conference (WSU)


Deja is the oldest daughter of Don and Delora Young and older sister to Dyani. She graduated from a high school in Mesquite, Texas where she lettered all four years in track and field.

She currently runs track for Wichita State University on an able-bodied scholarship!

Deja was born with brachial plexus or shoulder dystocia causing nerve damage and limited mobility to her right shoulder.

Deja Young at the 2016 Rio Paralympics

2016 Rio Paralympics


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