Hudson to run at World Para Grand Prix
When Paralympian Shane Hudson steps on to the track tomorrow at the brand-new Brazilian Paralympic Centre, the home of the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix, it will be a historic day for the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA).
It will be the first time that a local paralympian athlete will be competing in a Grand Prix meet staged by the International Paralympic Committee.
Hudson will be competing in the Class T47 200m and 400m events and will be using the meet to assess his preparation for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London in July.
"I am ready. So far, training has been going well, and I am optimistic going into the World Para Athletics Championships in London," Hudson said ahead of the meet.
Last month, Hudson opened the season with a 49.10 clocking in the 400m and if that is an indication of his state of readiness for London, then he should certainly be in the finals with a very good chance of a podium appearance.
Sport administrator Richard Shaw is the manager of the team to the Grand Prix meet and massage therapist, Rushane Sterling, completes the three-man delegation.
JPA president, Christopher Samuda, is pleased with the association's accomplishment.
"The JPA is about creating opportunities from its limited resources for Jamaica's para-athletes and is focused on their personal and athletic development. Therefore, Hudson's appearance at the Grand Prix is a testimony to our commitment to the success of Jamaica's Para Sport."
The Brazilian Paralympic Centre is a multi-sport facility which opened its doors in May, 2016. The 2017 the Youth Para Pan American Games was held in the centre, which saw Jamaica's two athletes, Jason Brown and Tevaughn Thomas, winning three medals - one silver and two bronze - respectively.