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Tim Willis

Athlete – Track & Field
Inducted 2020

SYDNEY – OCTOBER 25: Tim Willis of the USA races in the Men’s 5000m T11 Final, finshing fourth during the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games on October 25, 2000 at Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by: Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Tim Willis became the first blind cross-country runner in NCAA Division I history when he competed for Georgia Southern University and went on to compete at three world championships, winning gold in the 10,000 meters in 1994 and setting two world records. At the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, Willis won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters and bronze medals in the 1,500 meters, 5,000-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. Four years later, Willis represented Team USA at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and again reached the podium, winning a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters. Willis graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000 and made an impact off the field of play by working for the Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia.