Jamaicans confident ahead of Parapan Am Games
Knowing they carry the weight of a country insatiable for not only winning gold, but establishing world and meet records in track and field, Jamaica's team to the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games next month, expressed readiness and confidence in delivering winning performances.
The fifth Parapan American Games will take place from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto is Calling, and Jamaica Will Answer, was the theme of yesterday's press conference held at the Jamaica Olympic Association's (JOA) office on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston.
Outgoing Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Robert Ready paid tribute to Jamaica's representatives.
"You say you are ready for Toronto, well Toronto is ready for you. Sunday, we (Canada) brought the curtains down on the Pan Am Games, and the action is going to continue, as we start the count down to the Parapan American Games," he revealed.
Jamaica's delegation will be led by F52/53 Javelin world record holder Alphanso Cunningham with Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and lone female Sylvia Grant also carrying the medal hopes for Jamaica. Chef de Mission Randolph Jones and coach Neville Sinclair will also make the trip.
Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympics Association said, "Toronto is now a reality," and lauded stakeholders for their support.
Minister with Responsibility of Sports Natalie Neita-Headley stated: "We wish you all the best. You are an inspiration to all of us in Jamaica.
Being the best
"We look forward to getting all the gold medals. We are accustomed to doing well. We are accustomed to winning ... but winning must go beyond just coming first or second. We want to be the best of who we can be," she added.
Michael Fennell, JOA president, described Canada as a country exemplary for caring for its vulnerable citizens.
"While you (Paralympians) are going there to compete and win, just do as best you can, and also let it be a learning exercise because we have a lot to learn from Canada in how we (Jamaica) treat all of our citizens," he outlined.
Denzil Wilks, Sports Development Foundation (SDF) general manager, and Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton also spoke yesterday, while betting company Supreme Ventures Limited handed over $500,000 in sponsorship.