Sport: Para Powerlifting
Discipline: Bench Press
Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas
Current City of Residence: Belton, MO
High School: Belton High
Local Coaches: Nathan Hemphill, Derek Gordon
World Championship Experience:
– 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Jon Coots may be young, but his powerlifting career spans nearly a decade. The budding athlete has competed in dozens of Para Powerlifting competitions since he fell in love with weightlifting in a seventh-grade physical education class. At age 19, He continues to train tirelessly and, as a member of Team USA, has earned the title of the third-ranked Junior Para Powerlifter in the world. Now, Coots has his sights set on the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, and is working relentlessly toward that goal.
Born and raised in Belton, Missouri, Coots was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t align properly. Coots graduated from Belton High in 2019. As a freshman, he won first place in the 2016 National High School Para Powerlifting competitions.