John McFall (born 25 April 1981) is a British Paralympic sprinter and ESA astronaut. In November 2022, he was selected by the European Space Agency to become the first “parastronaut”. ESA will do a feasibility study on him flying to space and what needs to be adapted for people with disabilities.
John McFall was born on 25 April 1981 in Frimley, Surrey, England. In 2000, when he was 19 years old, his right leg was amputated above the knee following a serious motorcycle accident. He took up running again after being fitted with a prosthesis and participated in his first race in 2004. The following year, he was selected to represent Great Britain at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Championships and took the bronze medal in the 200 meters.
In September 2007, McFall was champion in both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Wheelchair and Amputee Games. He was ranked first in the world in 2007 for the 200 meters, and second for the 100 meters.
On 23 November 2022, McFall was announced to be one of the astronauts in the 2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group. The 2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group is the latest class of the European Astronaut Corps. The selection recruited five “career” astronauts, 11 “reserve” and one “astronaut with a physical disability”.
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