The Paralympic Team Meets
Business was the order of the day at Jamaica’s first team meeting at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games which was held today August 4.
Chef de Mission, Randy Jones, outlined to members of Team Jamaica arrangements and plans for the duration of the Games and reiterated the importance of representing one’s country with pride and distinction.
The meeting was interactive and more like a group conversation as team members acknowledged their individual and collective responsibility to country as management shared their hopes and expectations in terms of performance and representation. The camaraderie and unity were evident and Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham kept the mood lively with comedic interventions.
Each athlete was given pride of place and encouraged to secure a podium finish by coach Neville Sinclair, who spoke on training and competition matters and wished team athletes the very best.
The Athletes’ Village, with its “high rise” buildings and concreted appearance, is a noticeable departure from the traditional country look and relaxed feeling of a village which the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games embodied and conveyed. That said and despite one or two concerns regarding accommodation, Team Jamaica is comfortably ‘at home’ and ready for competition.
Jamaica Settles In Toronto
Jamaica’s team to the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games is now fully in the metropolitan and diverse city that is making a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
Chef de Mission, Randy Jones, and Attaché, Edmund Jones, arrived in Toronto on August 2 and took up residence in the CIBC Para Pan American Athletes Village along Trinity Street and immediately commenced preparing for the arrival of the team which touched down today after midnight Toronto time.
The mood in the camp is positive and from all indications the Jones’ team has made near perfect arrangements for the cadre of athletes and officials. Focus is now on executing in training sessions as Jamaica’s athletes set sight on the coveted medals of the Games.
Team Captain, Tanto Campbell, reflecting on Guadalajara, Mexico, hinted that Toronto will be better. “The Toronto Connection will be better than the Mexican”
“Toronto we ready” is the theme and JPA President Christopher Samuda says that “We not only ready but we ready to roll and thunder”
Jamaica bows into action on Monday August 10 with “the Ambassador”, Alphanso Cunningham in the Men’s-Discus (F51/F52/F53/F57) and newcomer, Tevaughn Thomas, in the Men’100m (T45/T46/T47).
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