The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) in its continued effort at capacity building and in expanding the disciplines in which its athletes will participate at local and international competitions, will be sending a delegation to Mexico City to participate in seminars being staged by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) under the aegis of the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Para Pan American Games Organizing Committee and the Agitos Foundation.
The seminars will be satged between December 12 to 14 and involve several disciplines. Jamaica will be represented by head of delegation, Edmund Jones, Director of the JPA, Dr. Rory Dixon and Allan Marsh also Directors, Dr. Maynard McIntosh, Neville Sinclair, head coach at the JPA, and Owen Heslop, Corporate Administrator of the JPA.
They will participate in coaching and classification workshops relating to physical and visual impairments in athletics, swimming and goalball.
President of the JPA, Christopher Samuda, emphasised the importance of JPA’s involvement: “We (JPA) are always taking advantage of opportunities of growth and development. Our participating in these workshops is an investment in knowledge, know-how and the future of our athletes and the local Paralympic movement”
Delegation head, Edmund Jones, in looking forward to the workshops said: ” We are going with inquiring and receptive minds. We will learn so that we can impart to athletes, coaches, administrators and stakeholders for the benefit of the Paralympic movement which we serve”
The delegation will return to Jamaica on December 15 and will table a strategic action plan to the Board of the JPA for evaluation and implementation.