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Jamaica's Paralympians settle in Toronto

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 8:00 AM

TORONTO:

Jamaica's team to the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games is now fully in the metropolitan and diverse city that is making a bid for the 2022 Olympic Games.

Chef de mission Randy Jones and attachÈ Edmund Jones arrived in Toronto on Sunday and took up residence in the CIBC Para Pan American Athletes' Village along Trinity Street, then immediately commenced preparing for the arrival of the team, which touched down yesterday.

The mood in the camp is positive and from all indications the Jones' team has made arrangements for the comfort of the cadre of athletes and officials.

The focus is now on executing training sessions, as Jamaica's athletes set their sights on the Games.

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Team captain Tanto Campbell, reflecting on the last championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, hinted that Toronto will be better.

"The Toronto connection will be better than the Mexican," he said.

'Toronto we ready' is the Jamaican team's theme and president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, said "we're not only ready, but we are ready to roll and thunder!"

Jamaica will bow into action on Monday, August 10, with 'The Ambassador', Alphanso Cunningham, participating in the men's discus (F51/F52/F53/F57) and newcomer Tevaughn Thomas in the men's 100m (T45/T46/T47).