Jeremy Poincenot and Lionel Poincenot (U.S.A, B2)
Jeremy comes from Carlsbad, California, U.S.A, and was born in 1989. His aid is dad, Lionel.
At 19, Jeremy Poincenot was your typical college sophomore. Friends, sports, fraternity and most importantly, perfect 20/20 vision. Then it happened, no warning, no time to prepare. Life began to blur. Over the next few months, Jeremy lost central vision in his right eye, followed closely by his left. The diagnosis: a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a disease that affects a mere 100 people in the U.S. each year with no treatment or cure in sight. At first, Jeremy thought losing his vision meant forfeiting his life. But he soon learned that with every challenge comes an opportunity for growth.
When Jeremy lost his central vision, he thought the game of golf he loved was over. But with some hard work, dedication, and the support of his family, he quickly learned that his golfing career had just begun. At 20 years old and with his Dad, Lionel, as his guide, Jeremy competed in and won the 2010 World Blind Golf Championship with a dramatic chip-in in a playoff. They have since gone on to win 7 National Championships, an Australian Blind Open, and two more World Blind Golf Championships. In 2011, Jeremy was honored as the San Diego Hall of Champions Challenged Athlete of the Year.
Jeremy & Lio have won 3 World Blind Golf Championships 7 US B-2 National Championships
An Italian B-2 Blind Open & Australian B-2 Blind Open
Something interesting about Jeremy is that He has had the privilege of being featured on ABC’s 20/20, ESPN.com, CNN’s “Great Big Story” and MTV’s True Life in an episode titled “I’m Losing My Sight”
Jeremy and his wife, Ellen, got married last year in Paris and they did their honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland. While in Ireland, they visited the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, stayed a night at the Ashford Castle and explored Dublin. Their first dance at their wedding was to “Perfect” by one of their favorite musicians, Ed Sheeran.