THE ASSOCIATION & ATHLETES IN THE MEDIA

JOA Powering Education, Sport Development 
 Saturday, January 01, 2022

The historic Protocol for Partnership Agreement, which the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) signed with the United States Sports Academy (USSA) early this year, will empower several coaches and sport executives this year.

This, as they commence their pursuit of earning international certification in various sport-specific courses offered by the international academy.

A first bilateral partnership for a Caribbean and Central and South American national Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee of its kind, president of the JOA and JPA Christopher Samuda stated that, “This landmark partnership in education is engaging, empowering, and enlightening”, while JOA secretary general/CEO and JPA Director Ryan Foster lauded this investment in the human capital remarking that, “Education is one’s best pension and bankable asset.”

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Travis Ebanks, JPA Director, Chairman of Athlete' Commission, Called to the Bar
Monday, December 20, 2021

THE name Travis Ebanks is known in the world of para sports as a director of the Jamaica Paralympic Association and chairman of its Athletes’ Commission and will be, from henceforth, known also in legal circles as an attorney-at-law.

Ebanks was recently called to the Jamaica Bar during virtual proceedings, which have become common in the administration of justice with the advent of the pandemic.

Ebanks, in commenting after his calling, said: “Words can’t explain the excitement and joy to describe this moment. Law is indeed a noble profession and I’m very much grateful for all those who played a part in me making it into this profession.”

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 Samuda Hails Approval Of IPC Constitution
Thursday, December 16, 2021

The approval of the new constitution by the general assembly of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is being hailed by president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, as “historic with a menu of changes that will revolutionise the governance and administrative structure of the global governing body”.

The constitution was approved with 123 votes from 128 valid votes in the recently held virtual assembly and after a robust review by stakeholders which lasted over two years.

Among the key introductions are the establishment of an independent Nominations Panel to assess membership applications and nominations for positions for several IPC bodies; the inclusion of the first vice-chair of the ipc athletes’ council as an executive board member (joining the council’s chairperson) in deepening athlete representation and advocacy; the implementation of additional obligations on National Paralympic Committees to protect them from political interference; and the requirement, as a condition of membership, of having formalised mechanisms in decision-making structures that engage and give a voice to athletes.

 

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Para Surfers Bailey, Campbell Surfing for Success
Friday December 10, 2021

The Jamaica Paralympic Association and the Jamaica Surfing Federation in a historic move have joined hands in opening the doors in surfing for the entry of para-athletes to excel in the sport and become national ambassadors for Jamaica.

Two para-athletes, Nathaniel Bailey and Toto Campbell, are now in California competing in the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by Ampsurf and are demonstrating that despite only taking up the sport less than two months ago they are naturally talented and achieving what may have seemed impossible. Both have qualified for the second round of the competition and are confident.

Commenting on the historic berth, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, said, “history has been made through a dynamic partnership of two sporting associations that are both committed to developing talent, encouraging excellence and making more able and capable those who society perceives to have challenges”.

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Jamaica's para-surfers exceeding expectations with 2024 Olympics in mind


By Sports Desk  December 08, 2021

In what has been described as a historic partnership, the Jamaica Paralympic Association and the Jamaica Surfing Federation have joined forces to help para-athletes make the transition to surfing with the hope that the island will be able to qualify surfers to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

And, so far things seem to be going well. Two para-athletes, Nathaniel Bailey and Toto Campbell, are in California competing at the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship, and demonstrating that despite only taking up the sport less than two months ago, that they possess natural talent as both have qualified for the second round of the competition.

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 Para surfers Bailey, Campbell surfing for success
Thursday, December 09, 2021

The Jamaica Paralympic Association and the Jamaica Surfing Federation in a historic move have joined hands in opening the doors in surfing for the entry of para athletes to excel in the sport and become national ambassadors for Jamaica.

Two para athletes, Nathaniel Bailey and Toto Campbell, are now in California competing in the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by Ampsurf and are demonstrating that despite only taking up the sport less than two months ago they are naturally talented and achieving what may have seemed impossible. Both have qualified for the second round of the competition and are confident.

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 Para athletes Campbell, Subba, Ricketts, Hines, Ebanks empowered by education
-Saturday, October 30, 2021

”I am the future, I must take charge today to lead tomorrow” is the mandate Travis Ebanks, chairman of the Athletes Commission and director of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, has given to his fellow athletes and academic colleagues Chadwick Campbell, Theador Subba, Jason Ricketts and Shauna-Kay Hines.

They are known para athletes who are achievers in sport with an abiding faith and conviction to self-actualise in education. They continue to debunk the view held by some that athletes, while pursuing sport, cannot be achievers in education.

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 Sport uniting by emotions-September 25, 2021

AS the moon distilled its perceptive light on the night of September 6 in Japan’s National Stadium where, for the previous eight weeks, Olympic and Paralympic aspirations began and ended in opening and closing ceremonies, the world breathed in relief that there were no athletic casualties that would have blot inspiring experiences and dimmed good memories. Jamaica celebrated with the world’s citizenry in applauding the people of Japan who ensured the safety of humanity against a pandemic with mutating strains that threatened but could not defeat the brotherhood of sport at its pinnacle and in all its glory.

The emotive beauty of Louis Armstrong’s classic What a Wonderful World, played by noted pianist Gohel Nishikawa as the curtains fell on the XVI Paralympiad at the closing ceremony, made one feel that indeed the world, the universe was now, more than ever, “united by emotion” — which were the watchwords of both Games.

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UWI Student among the best para-athlete in the world-September 15, 2021

SECOND YEAR UWI Mona student, Theador Subba is now ranked among the top ten judoka after his historic Paralympics debut at the recently concluded Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Following a bye in the elimination Round of 16, Subba went up against Iran’s Mohammadreza Kheirollahzadeh in the quarter-finals, followed by a fight with three-time Paralympian, Ilham Zakiyev from Azerbaijan in the semi-final round. Although Subba was defeated in both fights, his stellar performance landed him seventh in the overall event.

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Paralympic Association boss already looking to Paris-Saturday, September 12, 2021 

President of the Paralympic Association of Jamaica Christopher Samuda was in high spirits upon his return to the island last week, after yet another creditable showing by the country’s athletes at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Samuda felt that, despite not winning any medals, the four athletes, Sylvia Grant, Alberto Campbell, Shauna-Kay Hines and Theador Subba, delivered once again, on the international stage, for the country.

 

“The performance was more than creditable. I think our athletes displayed the character and the mettle. When you look at, comparatively speaking, other athletes and the facilities that they have and the competitions that they go to continuously, our athletes have done admirably well.”

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UW Shauna-Kay Hines misses out at Paralympics-Saturday, September 04, 2021

Shauna-Kay Hines’ hopes for a medal in her first Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, fell short after she was defeated in the first round of her women’s K44 taekwondo 58 kg round of 16 bout at the Makuhari Messe Hall, Thursday evening (Jamaican time), by Egyptian teenager Salma Abohegazy.

The ParaPan bronze medallist who was Jamaica’s final hope of getting a medal at the Paralympics for the first time since London 2012 also lost in the repechage quarter-finals to Serbia’s Marija Micev, the 2019 World Championships silver medallist and twice European bronze medallist.

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Campbell bows out early at Paralympic Games- 31 Aug 2021

Alberto Campbell failed to advance past the first round of the men’s T20 400m semi-final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after he finished seventh in his heat at the Olympic stadium on Monday.

Campbell, who got off to a fast start, ran 51.55 seconds, just off his season’s best 51.32 seconds and well off the top three spots that would have seen him qualify for the final, set for today.

It was a disappointment for the Australian resident, who has a personal best 49.44 seconds, as his first appearance at the Paralympics ended early; however, he has started to plan for his next international championships.

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Alberto Campbell bows into action at Paralympics today-Monday, August 30, 2021

Jamaica’s Alb erto Campbell will start his quest for a medal this morning (Jamaica time) when he lines up in the first heat of the men’s T20 400m at the Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Campbell, who is one of two track and field athletes in the delegation, switched his allegiance from Australia where he also holds citizenship after he migrated there as a child.

 

The other track and field athlete, Sylvia Grant, finished 10th in the F57 women’s discus throw on Friday with a season’s best throw of 23.12m.

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Jamaica's Paralympians say Amen-Friday, August 27, 2021

Sylvia Grant will be Jamaica’ first participant at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when she competes in the women’s Class F57 discus on Saturday.

On the eve of the commencement of Jamaica’s campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the nation’s delegation in the land of the rising sun went earnestly in prayer for strength and victory.

Daily morning devotions in the Paralympic village, led by Dr Leroy Harrison, team doctor and noted urologist and head of the Urology Department at the Kingston Public Hospital, have become a way of life for Jamaica’s athletes and officials who continue to faithfully make their supplications known.

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Jamaica's Para-Athletes Primed for PB's-Neville Sinclair-August 26th, 2021

Jamaica’s athletics coach at the Paralympic games in Tokyo Japan Neville Sinclair is expecting his charges to produce personal bests when they don the country’s colours this weekend.

Jamaica, based on a quota system has only two competitors in track and field Sylvia Grant on the women’s side and Alberto Campbell on the men’s side.

Roger Hasfal is at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and provides this report.

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Theadore Subba on a mission to bring Jamaica vibe to judo -26 Aug 2021

With the muscles of a discus thrower and the reflexes of a sprinter, Jamaica’s first Para judoka, Theador Subba, could be mistaken for the next great track and field athlete from his nation.

Subba, joint flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, is bringing some West Indian vibe to a sport which is almost unknown in Jamaica.

He only took up judo after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and will make his Paralympic debut in the men’s +100kg event at Nippon Budokan on Sunday.

“In Jamaica, judo is relatively new, to say the least. It’s three or four years old,” he said. “We have other athletes, but I’m the only disabled athlete at the moment so I have to train with able-bodied athletes. It’s a challenge sometimes.”

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 Campbell excited to make Paralympic debut for Jamaica-Wednesday | August 25, 2021

Having been denied an opportunity to represent Australia at the last Paralympic Games, 400 metres runner Alberto Campbell will get the opportunity to fulfil his dream in Tokyo with Jamaica, the land of his birth.

The rescheduled Paralympic Games began yesterday with the opening ceremony, following a year-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in Jamaica’s contingent this year will be Campbell, the 28-year-old who ran for Australia for a decade.

This became possible because of the International Paralympic Committee’s reduction of Australia’s quota for the athletics team, which resulted in Campbell being left off the team. In an interview with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday, Campbell said that while disappointed, he was determined to continue his journey.

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 Jamaican Paralympic Flag bearers-Grant & Subba-August 23rd, 2021

Veteran Para athlete Sylvia Grant and debutant juduka Theador Subba will be Jamaica’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games tomorrow August 24, 2021.

It is estimated that more than 4,400 athletes and 164 countries including Jamaica will take part in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Roger Hasfal is the lone Jamaican Journalist in Tokyo and he provides this report.

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Judo, taekwondo make historic berth at the Tokyo Paralympic Games- August 23, 2021

The Jamaica Paralympic Association continues to write history in the annals of the Paralympic movement with the berth of the sports of judo and taekwondo at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Theador Subba, the Lima 2019 Para Pan American judo bronze medallist in the over 100kg category, will go on the mat in Tokyo with hopes of earning Jamaica’s first-ever medal at the pinnacle event in Paralympic sport, while Shauna-Kaye Hines, the Lima 2019 Para Pan American bronze medallist, will engage in combat for a similar and coveted place in the sport of taekwondo.

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Means the world- Alberto Campbell-August 22nd, 2021

Jamaica’s Para athlete Alberto Campbell is all set to don the country’s color for the first time when he steps out to run the 400 meters at the Tokyo Paralympics which gets underway on Tuesday August 24, 2021.

The Australian based Campbell who was born in Jamaica is the lone male track athlete representing the country, will be running in the T20 class.

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 Its Paralympics time – Jamaica sends four athletes-August 18th, 2021

The first delegations for the Paralympic Games arrived at the 44-hectare village in the capital’s Harumi waterfront district as the Tokyo 2020 athletes’ village reopened on August 17, 2021 – this comes one week before the start of the event.

The delegations include Jamaica’s management team of Chef de Mission Richard Shaw, Administrator Ann Marie Smith and Dr Leroy Harrison.

As was the case with Olympians, residents at the village will be required to undergo daily Covid-19 testing, wear face masks and observe physical distancing.

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 Jamaica's delegation departs next week for Paralympic Games-Saturday | August 14, 2021 | 7:41 PM

Jamaica’s 12-man delegation is now preparing to leave on Monday, August 16 for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan from August 24 to September 5, 2021.Chef de Mission Richard Shaw is confident that the Jamaican Para-athletes will do very well. 

“The Games will be challenging, but we can achieve some amazing results as long as our athletes and administrators remain focused and work hard on behalf of Jamaica,” he said.

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UWI Student ready to shine at Paralymic Games

UWI MONA STUDENT Theador Subba will be eyeing a place on the podium when he bows into judo action on August 29 at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games now underway in Japan. His selection makes him the first visually impaired athlete to represent the country in his sport.

Subba, who started competing in judo in 2018, has been making up ground. “I was introduced to the sport by the President of the Jamaica Olympic and Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda,” he explained. A year later, Subba managed to cop a bronze medal at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru in the over 100kg class.

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 Paul Transitions

 

Paul, a Paralympic Spirit, has left us with hearts saddened but with souls convicted that he is alive in Christ.

 He was generous in his kindness in supporting our athletes and responded unreservedly  whenever his support for events was enlisted. Loyal to the Paralympic dream he now lives the reality of the resurrected life.

 Gone but not forgotten. Gone but celebrated. Gone but present in spirit.

The Paralympic Famil

Samuda Welcomes IPC's Decision to Hold Classification in Tokyo April 2021

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, has welcomed the recent decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to permit athletes in ten sports to be classified at this summer’s Tokyo Paralympic Games which temporarily reverses its “zero classification” policy which was instituted in 2014 barring classification at the games.

President Samuda in commending the world governing body stated “that the IPC, yet again, is responding sensitively and practically to the realities and in so doing is exemplifying the equitable principles of sport of fairness and equality of access.”

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Sport psychologist to help Jamaica athletes cope with challenges at Paralympics- March 2021

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is leaning on a sport psychologist to provide “good vibes” and create a united approach to overcome COVID-19 challenges during this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Dr James Scott Hamilton, a clinical and sport psychologist, forms part of the JPA’s management team for the Games which are set to take place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is leaning on a sport psychologist to provide “good vibes” and create a united approach to overcome COVID-19 challenges during this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Dr James Scott Hamilton, a clinical and sport psychologist, forms part of the JPA’s management team for the Games which are set to take place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

The JPA said Dr Hamilton’s innovative rap sessions had become well-known among Jamaica’s Para-athletes and emphasised the value of sport psychology to cope with the disruption of training regimes, the postponement or cancellation of events and isolation caused by COVID-19.

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Shane Hudson of Jamaica (Right) Comptes at the Games

 

Subba targets Paralympic success in Judo and Javelin at Tokyo 2020
March 2021
By Michael Houston

Jamaica’s Theador Subba is looking to compete in both judo and javelin at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics following a successful 2019. Subba won a judo bronze medal at the 2019 Lima Parapan American Games in the over-100 kilograms class after only taking up the sport in early 2018.

Cuba’s Yordani Fernandez Sastre and the United States’ Benjamin Goodrich won gold and silver ahead of him. In early 2019, Subba started practising javelin too and demonstrated talent in the event, but chose not to compete in athletics at Lima 2019 and concentrate on judo.

Subba became the first Jamaican judo athlete with a visual impairment to compete at the Parapan American Games. Now though, Subba wants to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in both sports.

“The passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue the two Js and to do well,” Subba said.

He is studying for an undergraduate degree in science public policy and management at the University.

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Subba Going for the 2 Js- Judo and Javelin – at the Tokyo Paralympic
April 2021

Para athlete, Theador Subba, is a rare talent in the Paralympic and Olympic Movements as he is a judo and javelin athlete, a very ambitious combination that arguably many would not dare to undertake.

The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg class, Subba in achieving that historic feat went beyond the incredible as he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018. That boldness spirit drove him to take up the javelin in 2019, for which he has evident talent, but he postponed his debut in that field sport at the Para Pan-American Games to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely for him.

Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Subba said “the passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue the two Js and to do well.”

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Jamaican Paralympic athlete Theador Subba eyes rare combination of judo and javelin
March 2021

As a judo and javelin para-athlete, Theador Subba is a rare talent in the Paralympic and Olympic movements.

The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg class, Subba, in achieving that historic feat, went beyond the incredible as he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018.

That boldness of spirit drove him to take up the javelin in 2019 but he postponed his debut at the Para Pan-American Games to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely.

Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Subba said the desire to represent his country fuels him. “The passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspires me to pursue the two Js and to do well,” he said.

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Wavell Hinds takes Paralympic Games top job
 March 2021

Former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Wavell Wayne Hinds is now a Paralympic Ambassador with his recent appointment as Chef de Mission for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

In taking the top job, Hinds bested a list of experienced candidates after a gruelling interviewing process which saw noted sport personalities being selected to assume duties at Paralympic international games.

An exemplary sport administrator whose listed credentials include the presidencies of the West Indies Players’ Association and Kensington Cricket Club, Hinds will now be responsible for marshalling Jamaica’s team of athletes and officials at the multi-disciplinary pinnacle of Para sports.

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Ex-cricketer Hinds named Jamaica’s Chef de Mission for Paris 2024 Paralympics

February 2021 By Ali Iveson


Former West Indies cricketer Wavell Hinds has been appointed Jamaica’s Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has appointed Chefs de Mission for several future events, including the next Paralympic Games and Parapan American Games.

Hinds, who played 45 Tests and 119 one-day internationals for the West Indies, scoring five hundreds in each format, has been selected as Paris 2024 Chef de Mission and will also lead the Jamaican contingent at the World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe in Japan next year.

Kaydean Webley, a Digicel marketing specialist credited with playing a key role in the logistics of the Digicel Grand Prix Track and Field Series, and Jamaica Hockey Association vice-president Ricardo Panton will assist Hinds.

“I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve my people and country in the capacity as Chef De Mission,” said Hinds.

“This great honour and privilege also carries serious responsibilities for an illustrious, innovative and talented group of athletes.

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Former Cricketer Hinds in contention to lead Jamaica’s Paralympic Team

February 2021

Former West Indian cricketer Wavell Hinds is in the running to become the Chef de Mission for Jamaica’s Paralympic team.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) revealed Hinds was among the candidates for the positions of Chef de Mission and manager for major events over the next four years.

The JPA is set to announce the management teams for the 2021 Bogota Para Pan Youth Games in Colombia, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in England, the 2022 Kobe World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, the 2023 Santiago Para Pan Games in Chile and the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games in France.

Hinds played 45 Test matches for the West Indies between 2000 and 2005 as well as 119 one-day internationals from 1999 and 2010.

The left-handed batsman scored more than 2,500 Test runs, including five centuries, with his highest score of 213 coming against South Africa in 2005.

Since 2012, Hinds has been President of the West Indies Players’ Association.

Robert Darby, of the horse racing industry, Leonie Finn, who works in netball, Wayne Thompson, President of the St Thomas Football Association, Kaydean Webley, Digicel’s corporate marketing executive and Marvalyn Campbell, President of the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association, have also expressed their interest in the roles.

 
Wavell Hinds registered more than 2,500 runs during his international Test career ©Getty Images

“The JPA, in institutionalising the selection of managerial positions, continues to promote a culture of professionalism and meritocracy by bringing persons with customised and bankable skills and competencies as well as innovative thinking and a strong commitment into the mainstream,” said JPA President Christopher Samuda.

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Noted Sport Administrators, Personalities for Paralympic Games Management Teams
February 2021

The list of prospective candidates for the offices of chef de mission and manager of Paralympic teams to regional and international games has some noted sport administrators and personalities who have signalled their intention to become Paralympic ambassadors.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), under an initiative dubbed ‘A Call to Duty’, made a call for chefs de mission and managers for its teams to regional and international games for the quadrennial period 2021 to 2024. As a result, the likes of Wavell Hinds of cricket fame; Robert Darby of the horse racing industry; Leonie Finn, known for her admirable netball achievements; Wayne Thompson, president par excellence of the St Thomas Football Association; Kaydean Webley, Digicels’ corporate marketing executive guru; and Marvalyn Campbell, noted educator and softball’s empress, among others, have placed their credentials on the table.

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JOA, JPA, USSA Alliance to Build Sport Education Agenda
January 2021

STRUCTURES to advance the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) agenda for education and sport have been bolstered by a Protocol of Cooperation between the country’s apex body for sport, the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA).

Under terms of agreement the academy will utilise the institution’s expertise and resources to aid Jamaica’s national sporting effort, which is already being upgraded with the JOA Scholarship and JOA Internship programmes that were launched last year.

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JOA, JPA, USSA announce alliance to build sports-education agenda
December 2020

Structures to advance the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) agenda for education and sport have been bolstered by a Protocol of Cooperation between the country’s apex body for sports, the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) and the United State Sports Academy (USSA).

Under terms of the agreement, the Academy will utilize the institution’s expertise and resources to aid Jamaica’s national sporting effort, which is already being upgraded with the JOA Scholarship and JOA Internship Programs that were launched last year.

Due to COVID-19, the recent historic signing ceremony was – for the USSA first-time – held virtually with the Academy faculty and staff on the institution’s campus in Daphne, Alabama, while the JOA and JPA partners signed in Jamaica.

The JOA and JPA team was led by President of both associations, Christopher Samuda and JPA Director and JOA Secretary-General and CEO, Ryan Foster.

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West launches Parasports Federation
December 2020

BUREAU:

Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda has said that the spirit of the Paralympics has given rise to the birth of the country’s first parasports foundation, which was established in western Jamaica on Wednesday.

Speaking at the official launch of the St James Parasports Foundation (StJPF) at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, St James, Samuda said it gave him a sense of pride to see the spirit of the Paralympics being expanded to the west and urged the leadership to embrace persons living with disabilities so that they could realise their fullest potentials.

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ROSE HALL, St James – St James became the first parish to establish a Paralympic sports federation following its launch at a press conference held at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Hotel in Rose Hall, last Thursday.

The federation forms part of efforts by the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) to widen its scope islandwide.

With steering committees established in most parishes, Christopher Samuda, president of the JPA, is hoping that by the end of next year all parishes would have established federations.

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JOA, JPA Create Educational Opportunities For Stakeholders December 2020

 

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) have signed a Protocol of Cooperation with the United States Sports Academy (USSA), to offer tertiary education opportunities to local sporting stakeholders.

For the past 40 years, the USSA has been delivering sports education across 65 countries, in an effort to establish a desirable model of sport collaboration and development.

JOA and JPA President Christopher Samuda said that the Protocol for Cooperation was designed to build an academic base in sports, through cooperative programmes in research, education and service.

He says that those enrolled in the programme will be exposed to the technical and practical elements of sports, for the purpose of promoting holistic development for all stakeholders.

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Subba, Thompson cop 2020 Paralympic Hero, Heroine Awards
December 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) celebrates not only the prowess and achievements of its athletes. Of equal importance for the local governing body for multiple para sports, however, is scholarship.

Recently, at its landmark training facility at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, Mona, the association marked, once more, the end of a year with a fest which this year recognised achievements of athletes in sport and education with attributes of character being always guiding considerations for selection.

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COVID- 19 Protocol Outlined For Paralympic Games
December 2020

The New National Stadium, a venue designed for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo Paralympics next year, is seen prominently in the background in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, March 25

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has notified the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) of protocols put in place for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, next year.

There will be an athlete track system put in place for athletes and coaches who will be attending competitions and completing preparisation for the Games. Provided health protocols and preventative measures are observed, these officials will avoid a 14-day quarantine requirement after entering Tokyo, Japan.

JPA President Christopher Samuda said that the medical protocols before and during the games will require the association to make structural adjustments to its training programmes, the arrangement of participating in local and international competitions, and to highlight educational measures regarding general infection and avoidance procedures in efforts to help para-athletes adjust to the ‘new normal’.

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JPA set 12-month time frame for parishes to establish Para Sports Federations
December 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has set a deadline of December 2021 for all parishes in Jamaica to have their own Paralympic sports federations as they seek to expand their reach across the island.

With the constitution of the JPA calling for the establishment of parish federations, the leadership of the national body is seeking to decentralise the sporting body from being a Corporate Area-based organisation.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association’s Szandra Szogedi creates history in appointment
October 2020
 
L-R Dwayne Barrett, President of the Jamaica Judo Association; Szandra Szogedi, Secretary General, JJA; Ryan Foster, Director JPA; and Christopher Samuda, President JPA

General secretary of the Jamaica Judo Association Szandra Szogedi has been appointed by the International Blind Sports Federation to the Judo Classification Projects Research Committee which is tasked with the responsibility of redesigning the current classification rules, specifically for the Paralympic sport of judo, using evidence and research-based findings of stakeholders.

The significance of the appointment of Jamaica’s nominee lies in the fact that for the first time in the history of the Paralympic movement Jamaica will have a voice at the table in shaping and implementing rules of a sport that will govern competition in local, regional and global games and championships.

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Paralympic Clubhouse A Landmark Gymnasium
Paralympic Clubhouse gets CHASE’s Support
October 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association’s (JPA) clubhouse at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre is arguably a sporting landmark as for over 50 years it has housed the aspirations of para athletes who have gone on to become Paralympians with historic achievements and distinguished records of performances at regional and international games.

In the ongoing efforts of the JPA to transform the clubhouse into a gymnasium hub, the association partnered with the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) to obtain some equipment, an initiative which Secretary General Suzanne Harris-Henry, and para taekwondo athlete, Shauna-Kay Hines, spearheaded and Medical Link facilitated.

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CHASE Partners With JPA
 
CHASE Fund Donates $1.3 Million Worth of Equipment to JPA
October 2020

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The CHASE Fund has donated $1.3 million worth of equipment to the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) to help boost its Paralympic training programme.

According to a statement from CHASE, the equipment includes a bench press set and a racing wheelchair roller, which has the ability to record speed and distance as well as store vital data with the aim of improving performance in wheelchair racing.

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Elated Shauna-Kay
Para Athlete Shauna-Kay Hines goes global in IPC social media promotion
September 2020

Commenting on the historic achievement, Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, said: “In the Jamaica Paralympic Association and Para Movement we inspire and commission our athletes to not only inhabit the Jamaican yard, but more importantly, the global village.”

Hines joins a select group of para athletes from around the world and across several sporting disciplines who will bring inspiring messages in IPC’s Instagram project ‘One Year To Go’ to the Paralympic Games.

“I am so elated that Jamaica has been selected and that I will be representing my country on this global platform. When I was contacted I said, ‘Is this really for me?’, for though I know that Jamaica has been steadily making waves, to be part of a global promotion for an international games is an unexpected honour,” Hines said.

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Laren Conquers in Film
Unbroken- An Inspired Documentary of an Able Amputee
September 2020

The theatre at the iconic Bob Marley Museum provided a conscious environment for the first viewing of the documentary film of Getty images, Unbroken, a sensitive reel on Laron’s life as an amputee.

Since then the documentary has gone viral, winning an Award of Merit at the IMPACT Documentary Awards, and recently it was adjudged the Best Documentary at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

Filmed and directed locally by the unmistakably gifted young film aficionado Gabrielle Blackwood, the mortal eyes see the reality of an amputated leg but the immortal third eye witnesses an unbroken body and spirit that transcend stereotyped perceptions and some cultural inanities.

Blackwood captures this athlete’s humanity by delving into the personal daily life of Williamson with mature sensitivity, allowing the subject to give viewers and listeners a deep verbal perspective of a life lived with emotion arising from adverse social circumstances and economic insecurity, yet with confidence in his abilities to overcome.

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“The Ambassador” On Netflix
Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham Goes Global
August 2020

 

Multiple gold medallist and Paralympian Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham has again gone global as he appears in the feature Rising Phoenix, released by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body for para sport, and Netflix Inc, the international technology and media services provider and production company.

Rising Phoenix premiered globally in over 190 countries Wednesday on Netflix to coincide with the one-year-to-go celebrations for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games.

Cunningham, a very accomplished Paralympian, has distinguished himself in regional and international competitions and has built up a strong reputation as a respected competitor and sportsman.

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“Ambassador” Cunningham
 
Digicel re-signs Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham
August 2020
Digicel maintains its position as a major supporter of Jamaica’s special-needs community with the re-signing of Paralympian gold medalist, Alphanso Cunningham, as a brand ambassador. The company also reaffirmed its support for Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) team, now 19 years running.

As a Digicel brand ambassador for the past seven years, Cunningham, a five-time gold medalist, has been a pivotal part of the company’s work to raise awareness and support for Jamaica’s special-needs community. His achievements on the world stage and as a seven-time winner of the annual Digicel 5K for Special Needs, have been an inspiration to all.

In welcoming the continued partnership, Cunningham noted, “Digicel has helped to make me who I am today, and for that, I will forever be thankful. They have helped me to fully embrace who I am. The Foundation is doing some amazing work within Jamaica’s special-needs community, showing genuine compassion, and I just want to say thank you Digicel. Keep up the good work.”

Digicel’s continued partnership coincides with its sponsorship of SOJ  team. The support is primarily designed to help the athletes prepare for the 2022 World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia. It will also cover funding for several events including the SOJ National Games, swimming competition, athletes’ screening, and bocce competition. Digicel will also assist in developing a new and improved SOJ website.

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JPA Speaks  Out
 
Paralympian Association Disputes Sports Minister’s Reason For Unpaid Support Funding July 2020

The Jamaica Paralympian Association has challenged made by Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange over she claims she made as to the reason why they have not received funding under the government’s Athletes Assistance Programme.

On February 9, 2020, Minister Grange said that the Athletes Assistance Programme would commence on March 1, 2020, and continue into mid-July. The athletes who were eligible were those who had qualified or were on the brink of qualifying for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The minister also said that athletes in the programme would receive JMD $20,000 per week towards their preparation. That money was to be disbursed on a monthly basis. However, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government announced that the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games had been postponed, the ministry suspended the programme.

The ministry announced on March 24, that it would commit to paying out sums under the Athletes Assistance Programme up to the end of March.

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Jamaica complete DIY wheelchair fencing frames
April 2020

Jamaican wheelchair fencers took one step closer to international competition at the start of the year with the completion of a do-it-yourself fencing frame to help their athletes train.

The frame, which is used to fix fencing wheelchairs in the correct position during a match, was made from plans developed by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).

Jamaica are the latest country to make their own equipment, joining nations such as Costa Rica.

Para Athletes Speak Out
Non-Funding From Government’s COVID- 19 Athlete’s Assistance Programme July  2020
Grange asked to explain why Paralympians barred from athletes’ assistance programme

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) says it has not received advice from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange regarding her decision to exclude para athletes from the athletes’ assistance programme.

Grange indicated that the paralympians had not yet begun training when the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games was taken, and were therefore not eligible to receive payment under the programme.

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ANOTHER AWARD FOR JPA
JPA Receives Prestigious International Award
December 2019

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has received the prestigious international Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of St Andrew North for its outstanding and sustained work with disabled athletes, who have won medals at Paralympic Games over the years.

At a meeting of the club, Christopher Samuda, President of the JPA was the guest speaker and accepted the award, witnessed by Suzanne Harris-Henry, General Secretary of JPA and Dr Rory Dixon, Director of the JPA.

Samuda, who is also President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, identified both the JPA and JOA as instruments of change and transformation in sport. “I am cognisant of the revealing fact that we must bring to sport – the game of life – change… real change that will lead to transformation,” he noted.

The President of the JPA said the process of change must involve stakeholder education and stakeholder consensus and activation.  It must involve informed and decision-making processes across the board…integrity of thought, transparency in action, accountability, and the implementation of a viable, national strategic and business plan,” he noted.

He said sports ethics and sport governance are ways to ensure that the right people are in the right jobs, while sport theology is a way to ensure that the right people understand and embrace the right way of doing what is right.

“We who are engaged in the business of sport must bring to the business a humanity, a social conscience, a civic understanding, a community spirit and a national commitment to use sport to create a new dawn,” he noted.

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The Paul Harris Fellow was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution US$1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations (such as that being done to eradicate Polio across the World), and shelter for millions of persons.

These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.  Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize corporations that demonstrate a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

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RAVE AWARDS
End of year Rave Awards
December 2019

2019 Rave Awardees Chadwick Campbell(2nd from right) and Santana Campbell(seated right) with President Christopher Samuda,  Directors Suzanne Harris Henry and Thelma Johill, Sport Administrator Ann-Marie Smith and Sports Manager Neville Sinclair.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has named Chadwick Campbell and Santana Campbell as the male and female Para Athlete Achievers of the year. Chadwick is the 2019 T13 100m Parapan American Games silver medallist and Santana, the silver medallist in the 2019 F55/56 javelin Parapan American Games event.

The announcement was made at the JPA’s Year In Review Rave, held at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre on Saturday.

JPA president Christopher Samuda congratulated the achievers and said that para sports had now gone into “uncharted waters with the advent of judo, taekwondo, badminton, wheelchair fencing, rowing and sitting volleyball, He said that the organisation will continue to “challenge our youth who have God-given talents and abilities to transcend perceived limitations.”

STAY FOCUSED

He challenged the athletes to “remain focused, reach for the impossible, go beyond the incredible and claim the victory.”

Paralympic icon Alphanso Cunningham, who has claimed world and regional records in the javelin and medals aplenty in that discipline and shot put, and who is now pursuing wheelchair racing, encouraged new athletes to excel.

He was joined by senior athlete Sylvia Grant and sport manager and noted Paralympian Neville Sinclair, in saluting the medallists of this year’s Parapan American Games, which was held in Lima, Peru.

Directors Suzanne Harris-Henry, Thelma Johill, and Major Robert Neish, as well as sport administrator Ann Marie Smith, encouraged the athletes to continue to strive for excellence as the JPA creates further opportunities for them to achieve.

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CASH IN WITH CHADWICK
‘Cheque this out’ Fersan Scholarship awardee Campbell
December 2019

Chadwick Campbell (centre) proudly displays the symbolic cheque he received from Newport fersan Jamaica Limited, to help him further his studies and follow his dreams as a part of Jamaica’s Paralympic team. Sharing the presentation, which took place at Newport fersan Jamaica Limited’s Kingston offices recently, are (from left) Dennis Valdez, Managing Director of Newport-fersan Jamaica Limited; and President of Jamaica Parlaympic Association, Christopher Samuda.

A cheque valued at 1.1 million dollars was handed over to Chadwick Campbell by Managing director of Fersan Jamaica Limited, Dennis Valdez,  to further his study at UWI.

Campbell, who won the silver medal in the T 13 100m at the Para Panamerican Games in Lima, Peru, a few months ago, is currently studying marketing and is in the first year of a four year course. The relationship between Fersan and The Jamaica Paralympic Association started as far back as 2012 when the company sponsored the team to the London Games. However, it its the first time the company will be assisting  an individual athlete. Campbell appreciated the assistance and indicted that he will succeed.

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AWARDING EXCELLENCE

Shauna-Kay Receives Prime Minister’s Youth Award

Para athlete Shauna-Kay Hines was among several young persons who received the 2019 Prime Minister’s Youth Award.

It was deserving as she demonstrated in just a few years the ability as a taekwondo athlete to achieve regional success and international prospects.

Displaying good attributes in realizing her goals and assertive in her advocacy for the welfare of para athletes, placed her her front of the line for selection.

Well done Shauna-Kay! Continue to live and express the Paralympic Spirit.

RECOGNIZING RANDY

Aviation Industry Stalwarts Recognised for 150 Years of Service
 
Minister of Transport and Mining Hon. Robert Montague (fourth right), with the recipients to the Aviation Trailblazer Awards for 2019 – retired Chief Air Traffic Controller, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Randolph Jones (third left); former Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing Reserves, Major Dudley Beek (Ret’d) (fourth left); and Leroy Lindsay (third right) who received on behalf of Retired Air Jamaica Senior Vice President, Maintenance and Technical Services, Captain Lloyd Tai. Others (from left) are JCAA Deputy Director General for Regulatory Affairs, Rohan Campbell; JCAA Chairman, Phillip Henriques; General Manager of Aeronautical Telecommunications Ltd. (AEROYEL), Howard Armstrong; and President of Airports Authority of Jamaica and Chief Executive Officer of NMIA Airports Ltd., Audley Deidrick The occasion was the International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) Awards Ceremony, which was hosted jointly by JCAA, AAJ and AEROTEL on December 7.

Three stalwarts of Jamaica’s aviation industry were recently recognised for their contribution to the sector.

Former Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Air Wing Reserves, Major Dudley Beek (Ret’d); Retired Chief Air Traffic Controller, Randolph Jones and Retired Senior Pilot, Captain Lloyd Tai, received the Aviation Trailblazer Award for a total of 150 years of service.

The presentations were made during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston on December 7, which is observed as International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD).

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TRAVIS  ON BOARD
Ebanks takes his seat on the Paralympic Board
October 2019

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is a leader in athlete advocacy, having first introduced athlete representation at the board level in 2009 when the outstanding Paralympian Tanto Campbell, now retired, became a voting member of the board of directors.

Today, first-year Norman Manley Law School student Travis Ebanks will take his seat at the table with a vote and, in partnership with other JPA directors, chart the future of the local paralympic movement.

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President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda has lauded the medallists at the recently concluded Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
September 2019

“I am proud of our para athletes who demonstrated heart and mettle in earning their medals and, for some, history was not only made but written as a testimony to the attributes that make a champion and standard bearer,” said Samuda.

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UNEARTHING  PARALYMPIC TALENT
 
Samuda urges Paralympic official to un-earth talent

Those entrusted with the development of para-athletes have been challenged to continue unearthing potential for the sporting individuals and national good.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), made the call amid Jamaica’s historic qualification for the sport of tae kwon do, during a press conference at Olympic Manor on Wednesday, announcing Jamaica’s nine-member team to the 2019 Lima Para PanAmerican Games, which runs from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1, in Peru.

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CARIBBEAN  UNITY
 
Samuda calls for Caribbean Unity
August 2019

Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) president Christopher Samuda has made a call among Caribbean nations for greater unity and fixity of purpose in strategically developing para sports in the region.

Samuda was speaking at the General Assembly of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), which was labelled a success, ahead of the start of the Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, today.

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SHINING SHAUNA-KAY

 

Samuda: Historic Taekwondo Thrust highlights burning Paralympic flame
August 2019

Those entrusted with the development of para athletes have been challenged to continue unearthing potential for the sporting individuals’ and national good.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), made the call amidst Jamaica’s historic qualification for the sport of taekwondo, during a press conference at Olympic Manor on Wednesday announcing Jamaica’s nine-member team to the 2019 Lima Para Pan American games, which runs from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1, in Peru.

“The Paralympic flame is burning for we have moved from our flagship track and field sport into taekwondo, in which we will have for the first time representation at the Para Pan American games and indeed at an international Games,” said Samuda.

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Para-Athlete Shauna-Kay fighting her way to the top
July 2019

It is an admirable achievement to be among the best in the Americas with more than a fighting chance for international acknowledgement. But it is exceptional when, in so achieving, you create and become a part of history.

Shauna Kay Hines, a para-athlete in the sport of taekwondo, has this enviable distinction. She is the first national para athlete to qualify in the sport for the Parapan American Games and appears to be well set to be the first Jamaican to qualify for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

In her last competition in the Mexico Open TKD Championship in April, she was the joint bronze medallist. Ayshat Ramazanova of Russia won gold, Cristhiane Nascimento of Brazil grabbed silver, and Brianna Salinaro of the United States shared the bronze with Hines.

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Five Candidate running for APC Athlete Representative
May 2019

Five Para athletes have been nominated by their respective National Paralympic Committees for the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) Athlete Representative elections that will take place during the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.

The candidates vying for this position are:

• Cristian Valenzuela, Chile, athletics

• Giselle Muñoz, Argentina, table tennis

• Ileana Rodriguez, USA, swimming

• Shauna-Kay Tawani Hines, Jamaica, taekwondo

• Simone Camargo, Brazil, goalball

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Hines elated with wards after Para Champs disappointment
January 2018

Despite the disappointment of missing the World Para-Taekwondo Championships in London last October, Shauna Kay Hines had a lot to smile about after she captured two awards at the annual RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus last weekend.

Now, she is approaching the new year determined to improve and develop into the best in the world at her sport.

Hines, who only took up taekwondo last January and won a silver medal at a world event just weeks later, was voted as the Paralympic Athlete of the Year and the Taekwondo Athlete of the Year, and the Dunkirk resident was elated with the achievement.

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2019 LIMA PARA AMERICAN RE-LIVED
Para athletes hit qualify marks

President Samuda (L) says “We’re ready” and Director Foster (R) agrees

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) had its track and field qualifier for the Para Pan American Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru, from August 23 to September 3 2019, at an All Comers Meet held recently at National Stadium.

The first English-speaking Caribbean country to have the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) officially certify a local track meet as a qualifying event for regional and international games, the meet was the third year that the JPA’s para athletes, under the watch of a technical official appointed by the IPC, made a bid for qualifying marks for international games.

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Samuda Hails Jamaica Parapan Am Games Efforts

Jamaica Paralympic Association President Christopher Samuda, has lauded the medallists at the recently concluded Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Samuda said the Paralympic athletes’ performances made him proud because they showed what he describes as “heart and mettle” in earning their medals.

“For some, history was not only made, but written as a testimony to the attributes that make a champion and standard-bearer,” he said.

Samuda said Theodor Subba, who took up judo nine months ago, mined a bronze medal in the over 100kg class and was an admirable example of courage and determination. He said Chadwick Campbell, who earned the silver medal in the men T13 100m, underscored his credentials on the regional stage.

Santana Campbell, in securing the silver medal in the women’s F56 javelin, became the regional record holder in her class, and in

taekwondo, Shauna-Kay Hines achieved the bronze medal in the K 44 – under 58kg class. Samuda described Hines’ performance as “valiant”.

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JA ‘Settled and Ready’ for Parapan Games

Team Jamaica is now fully settled in Lima, Peru, for the 2019 ParaPan American Games and had its first meeting of all delegation members on Tuesday in the athletes’ village.

Chef de Mission Leonie Phinn says that the team is comfortable in its environs and that he athletes are ready to begin competition in their various sporting disciplines.

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Games Starts With Glittering Ceremony

The National Stadium of Lima, also known as José Díaz Estadio Nacional de Lima,was last night ablaze with colour, music and fireworks as the region’s para-athletes paraded in their national colours to packed stadium and an estimated viewing audience of over thirty million. The opening ceremony was creatively conceptualized by Hansel Cereza, the driving force behind the iconic opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and captured the rich and ancient history of Peru while conveying the admirable passion and emotion of Paralympism and the strength and conviction of mostly young men and women who dare to go beyond the incredible in athletic performances. Five hundred artistes and volunteers participated in the spectacle, fifty-five of whom have disabilities. Team Jamaica was resplendent in gold and black and was led by flag bearer and team captain, Chadwick Campbell, a sprinter who debuted in the semifinals in the T13 100m and 200m at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championship and who is determined to do better. “It is such an honour and privilege to be the flag bearer for my country and to captain my team. I accepted with pride and will never forget the opportunity given to me and will lead by example” said Campbell.

Today, Jamaica’s Navardo Griffith and Shane Hudson will bow into action in the Men’s F57 Shot Put and T45-47 400m respectively and JPA boss Christopher Samuda, who is in Lima with the team, in commenting was cautiously optimistic “The gentlemen are focussed and have sized the competition and know what they have to do to be on the podium. Shane has been there as a silver medalist on two occasions in these games and he is determined this time to step on the highest of the three platforms. Navardo, this is his maiden voyage onto the regional and international stage, but he’ll weather any storm” The team in Lima has been going through some motivational exercises and devotions as aspiring athletes look with faith towards grasping and owning a piece of Para Pan-American history.

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Campbell earns silver in 100m at Parapan American Games

Team Captain, Chadwick Campbell, got into the blocks at the starting line at approximately 3:43 pm for the final of the T 13 100m, a location with which he is familiar at international games having been there at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships. The line-up was not what he wanted as there was not a full field owing primarily to ineligibility arising from on-classification of athletes. However, Campbell remained focussed in his first ParaPan-American experience and it proved inspirational as he crossed the finish line as the silver medalist in 11.66. The gold medal went to Brazilian Arnaldo DaSilva and the bronze to Honduran Elgin Castellanos.

In comments after the race, the team captain demonstrated leadership: “You win some and are humble in victory and you lose some but you are never defeated. You win a medal and celebrate and you come out without a medal but are still a winner. This is what the Paralympic spirit teaches you – humility and never say die. I am celebrating” The Fritz Coleman protégé goes back into the athletic studio where he hopes to record a “blockbuster” for the Dubai World Para Athletics Championships later this year in November. JPA President, Christopher Samuda, continues to be impressed with Campbell’s attitude and approach: “Rarely do you find an athlete so composed and very grounded in handling success as part of life’s experiences and in building character. Chad has it down pat”

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Strong Subba mines Jamaica’s medal at Para Pan American Games

Theodor Subba only started para judo just a year ago and in the process he has made history by becoming the first Jamaican para athlete to make it to the regional and international stage.

He has done so in Judo in the over 100 kg class at the 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games and in so doing he has announced his arrival with panache, by winning a bronze medal.

In his quarter-final match, Subba dominated American judo athlete, Robert Anderson, with a spirited and strong performance and left his competitor breathless and defeated after one minute, much to the cheers of the Jamaican contingent which turned out to support this history-maker.

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PB for Para Athlete Navardo Griffiths

Para-athlete, Navardo Griffiths, has every reason to be proud and pleased with his performance in the F55 Shot Putt at the 2019 Lima Para Pan-American Games now underway in Peru He went into the circle for the first time at a regional games and demonstrated experience beyond his just over a year history in the sport by placing sixth while doing his personal best of 9.52m “it’s a great feeling to be there, out there, competing for Jamaica and knowing that the sky’s the limit if only you dedicate yourself which I have” Griffiths said in his customary quiet style. Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, was very encouraging of Griffiths at the start and remains committed to him: “Navarda never gives in. He is a coach’s dream and deserves to succeed. We go back to the drawing board with the confidence that the future will be bright”

Para Delegation Worships in Lima

Jamaica’s delegation of game officials, athletes Directors of the Paralympic Association and local volunteers assembled on Sunday for a morning of praise and thanksgiving in Chef de Mission Leonie Phinn’ sofficein the Athletes’Village. It was a moment of acknowledgement of God-given talents and gifts and the responsibility of being good stewards of Grace and Samaritans of humanity. Team Doctor, Leroy Harrison, led the devotion as members of the delegation prayed and gave testimonies in evident recognition of their sacred obligation to do good and to do well. It was a moment of reflection and introspection as the Para family was united in faith and demonstrated conviction in their individual and collective will to achieve.
“Strong in the Word, strong in faith and strong in hope, on wards and upwards we go” JPA President, Christopher Samuda, in reflecting on a morning of worship.

Shauna-Kay Hines Cops Taekwondo Bronz Medal

Shauna-Kay Hines is now a household name in the sport of para taekwondo, and this achievement is very remarkable as she only started the sport 15 months ago and is successfully fighting athletes who have been on the mat for over five years.

She copped the bronze medal, along with Columbian Verly Martinez, in Class K 44 (under 58kg) at the Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, having narrowly missed out on a berth to the final during her semi-final encounter with Brazilian Cristiane Neves, who benefited from two penalties against Hines which resulted in a one-point victory for the Brazilian.

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Jamaican sprinters fail to advance to final at Parapan American Games

Tevaughn Thomas and Shane Hudson lined up for the men’s T45-47 100 metres in heat two in lanes seven and nine, respectively, on Tuesday night at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. They knew that the battle had to be fought well for them to transition to the finals before they could contemplate a medal.

So with that in mind, they went to business in cold weather, but the odds were against them and they fell short and well below their personal bests.

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Shane is sixth

Paralympian Shane Hudson was a study in concentration and determination in the Men’s T45 – 47 400m yesterday at the National Stadium of Lima, the venue for track and field at the 2019 Para Pan-American Games in Peru. A seasoned campaigner on the international stage with an array of medals from these regional games and the Para World Athletics Championships, Hudson in the preliminary heats posted 51.01 after a slow start for third and had the punters’ predictions for the final in a spin. The final came in the evening and he was not able to come into the medal frame where he is accustomed to being as he placed sixth in 51.17. He now turns his attention to IPC’s World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in November where he is a two-time silver medalist in the event.

CLS MEDIA

Santana Campbell strikes silver in Javelin at Parapan American Games

The regional record holder in the women’s F56 javelin, Jamaica’s Santana Campbell, was in a no-nonsense mood when she entered the circle for the event at the Parapan American Games, which are now winding down in Lima, Peru.

For Campbell, it was an opportunity to assert her authority in announcing her candidacy for a medal in the Dubai World Para Athletics, which will take place in November, and she seized it.

She sailed the javelin to a Pan-American record in her Class F55, the distance being 18.00 metres and in so doing secured the silver medal.

“Thanks to the JPA (Jamaica Paralympic Association) team and coach Sinclair for the support and belief in me. Somethings I will need to improve upon for November’s World Championship and next year’s Paralympic Games, but for the moment I am pleased,” a reserved Campbell said.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association promises to build on lagacy of first Teakwondo athlete at Parapan American Games

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) have promised to keep building in taekwondo before their first-ever participation in the sport at the Parapan American Games.

Nine Jamaican Para-athletes were this week announced as competing at the Games in Lima, which take place between August 23 and September 1.

Shauna Kay Hines, who will participate in the 58 kilograms K44 class, will become Jamaica’s inaugural Para-taekwondo athlete.

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The 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games through the lens of the camera

 A STATUE FOR ALPHANSO CUNNINGHAM

 
JPA/JOA President calls  for statue of Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham
January 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, has called for Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham to be honoured with a statue at the National Stadium.

Cunningham has won two gold medals at the Paralympic Games — the first for a world record discus throw at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece and the second in javelin, where he established a Games record at the 2012 edition in London, England.

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2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES RE-LIVED

Commonwealth Games: Paralympian Tevaughn Thomas cops Bronze for  Jamaica

GOLD COAST, Australia — Jamaica’s paralympian Tevaughn Thomas copped the bronze medal in the men’s T47 100m final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games that is currently underway in Gold Coast, Australia.

He clocked a time of 11.63, while Nigeria’s Suwaibidu Galadima took first place spot in a time of 11.04.

James Arnott of England came in second with a time 11.30.

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Tevaughn  Thomas not focus on time

Paralympian Tevaughn Thomas does not have a fixed time in mind, but he is hoping to improve his personal best (PB) in the 100m T47 event at the Commonwealth Games next month.

Thomas has a PB of 11.32 seconds in the event but said that he will take whatever time he clocks, as long as it is faster.

“Training is going well,” the 19 year old said. “I’m just putting in the work to go out there and deliver and I’m sticking to the coach’s plan. I’m most definitely looking to improve that (PB) in Australia. I just want to go out there and give it my all. Not looking at any specific times but I’m just hoping to better the PB.”

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2017 LONDON WORLD PARA ATHLETICS  RE-LIVED

JPA Selects Squads for upcoming Games

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda said that it has been a hard journey but they are ready to compete at the two upcoming global championships.

The JPA selected teams for the 2017 IPC London World Para Athletics Championships from July 14-23 and also the 2017 Nottwil World Junior Para Athletics Championships, August 3-6.

“It has been a hard road, very tough road,” Samuda said at a press conference at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office on Tuesday.

“We made it, but it required tremendous work by our directors and sponsors. The directors toiled to make it possible, but without support from sponsors we would not be here,” Samuda who was also recently elected JOA president explained.

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Senior, Junior Paralympic Teams named

The Jamaica Paralympic Association named 13 athletes yesterday to represent Jamaica at the senior and junior World Para Athletics Championships in England and Switzerland.

Alphanso Cunningham (javelin, shot put), Shane Hudson (200m, 400m), Sylvia Grant (discus), Santana Campbell (javelin, shot put), Chadwick Campbell (100m, 200m), Jason Brown (100m), Tevaughn Thomas (100m) and Dana-Gaye Weller (club throw) are down to compete in the World Para Athletics Championships set for London between July 14-23.

Both Jason Brown (100m, 200m) and Tevaughn Thomas (100m, 200m) will then join Tyandre Tavares (club throw), Moesha Morris (shot put, javelin, 100m) and Joshua Pinnock (100m, shot put) at the World Para Junior Athletics Championships set for August 3-6 in Nottwil, Switzerland.

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London Welcomes Jamaica Para Athletes

Team Jamaica has settled in comfortably to a warm welcome at the Premier Inn, London, Stratford, just a stone’s throw from the historic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, where the nation has made its mark and established world milestones in track and field, both in the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

Newcomer Chadwick Campbell, faced the starter yesterday in the Men’s T13 100m preliminaries and placed sixth in 11.49 seconds. However, he did not progress, as the heat was won by the Irish athlete Jason Smyth, who clocked the fastest time with 10.73 seconds, to advance to the final. Campbell was disappointed as he was looking to better his personal record of 11.34, which would have given him a berth in the finals. “I am somewhat dejected although this is my first outing on the international stage. I was hoping to be in the final,” he said.

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Hudson fights off injuries to get silver at World Para Champs

Shane Hudson, Jamaica’s lone medallist at the recently concluded World Para Athletics Championships in London, said he was very surprised by his performances at the meet.

Hudson won silver in the men’s 400m T47 event in 49.60 seconds behind Gunther Matzinger of Austria, who won the gold in 49.35 at the July 14-23 meet. At a function to honour him for his achievement at the Jamaica Olympic Association head office yesterday, Hudson said:

“I am feeling great for this because it shows that hard work and determination pay off. I was surprised by my performance at the championships because I was having a lot of injuries going into the meet, and I didn’t really start full training until the last week in March.”

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Jamaica Paralympian Hudson celebrates upon homecoming

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Silver medallist in the 2017 London Para Olympics, Shane Hudson and his team earned praises yesterday for their performances in the games.

According to a release from the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), the games showed the Jamaican Para Olympian team’s ability to do well.

Shane Hudson won silver in the 400 metre run, his fourth on the international stage.
Director of the JPA, Ryan Foster, said that Jamaica’s participation in the games allowed the island to showcase its “trajectory for greatness”.

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2017 NOTTWIL PARA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS RE-LIVED

JPA Selects Squads for upcoming  Games

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda said that it has been a hard journey but they are ready to compete at the two upcoming global championships.

The JPA selected teams for the 2017 IPC London World Para Athletics Championships from July 14-23 and also the 2017 Nottwil World Junior Para Athletics Championships, August 3-6.

“It has been a hard road, very tough road,” Samuda said at a press conference at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office on Tuesday.

“We made it, but it required tremendous work by our directors and sponsors. The directors toiled to make it possible, but without support from sponsors we would not be here,” Samuda who was also recently elected JOA president explained.

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Jamaica’s Junior Para Athletics Team arrive in Nottwil, Swizerland
August 2017
 
Team Jamaica – Nottwil 2017. Front Row (l-r) Joshua Pinnock, Tyandre Tavares, Neville Sinclair (Coach) and Moesha Morris. Back Row (l-r) Christopher Samuda, Kamal Powell, Dr. Rani Sittol, Kaydean Webley, Kevin Brown, Ann Marie Smith, Tevaughn Thomas, Rushane Sterling, Jason Brown and Dalton Myers (Chef de Mission)

Jamaica’s Team to the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, arrived safely in Switzerland and the team is expected to light up the track in the sleepy rural town of Nottwil.

The 1st ever Junior Para Athletics Championships, will bring together young Para Athletes from across the world who would match skills in a wide variety of track and field events. Sprinters Tevaughn Thomas and Jason Brown will be joined by the country’s 1st ever short stature athletes Joshua Pinnock (Shot Put) and Moesha Morris (Shot Put). Tyandre Tavares will be doing the club throw. All the athletes have shown promise and are expected to do exceptionally well in their respective events. The competition starts Thursday, August 3, with Tevaughn Thomas competing in the finals of the Men’s U20 T42-T47 200m, starting at 6:02pm (1:02pm JA).

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Bronze for Jamaica
August 2017

Jamaica won its first medal on the opening day of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, when Tevaughn Thomas secured Bronze in the Men’s 200m T42-47 in a time of 23.30s. He was defeated by Kumar Aamit of India, who won in a time of 23.23s and the Silver medal went to Austria’s Alexander Pototschnig, his time was 23.40s.

Thomas, who will compete in the Men’s 100m tomorrow (August 4), had a flying start and was marginally ahead of the field coming off the curve. He was eventually passed by the much stronger Indian and the fast finishing Austrian in the final 20 metres of the race.

I had a good start and was comfortable coming off the bend, but I guess the other athletes wanted it more”, said Thomas after the race. “I am happy to have secured a medal for my country, family and fans at home”.

Flag Bearers Jason Brown and Moesha MorrisEarlier in the day, Jason Brown and Moesha Morris, represented the country with distinction in the Championship’s opening ceremony. Morris, who is representing the country for the first time at an international track and field event, was elated to have been a part of the ceremony, while flag bearer and medal hopeful, Jason Brown, said that it was “indeed an honour to be Jamaica’s flag bearer”.

Both Jason Brown and Tevaughn Thomas will compete in Friday’s (August 04) day of competition.
Brown will run in the Men’s 100m T13 at 11:10am (4:10am JA), while Thomas will compete in his pet event, the Men’s 100m T42-47 at 4:45pm (9:45am JA).
They are both expected to increase the country’s medal count at the Championships.
Follow the progress of the team on www.jamaicaparalympic.com and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account.
 

Brown, Thomas  bring junior Parapan glory

Jason Brown won Jamaica’s first track and field gold medal in history at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Champion-ships in Nottwil, Switzerland, yesterday, claiming the top position in the T12 event.

Brown’s gold brought Jamaica’s medal tally to two, adding to a bronze won by Tevaughn Thomas on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Thomas won the bronze in the men’s 200m T42-47 in 23.30 seconds.

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Sprinters mine silver medals for Jamaica

Experienced sprinters Jason Brown (T12) and Tevaughn Thomas (T47) mined Silver medals for Jamaica in their respective 100m races on Day 2 of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Brown won his heat in 11.33s but missed out on the gold  by 0.001 of a second as Iranian Mehrdad Moradi won in a time of 11:33s, the same time as Brown.

The visually impaired Jamaican got a great start and looked comfortable in the middle of the race but stumbled at the finish.

Brown has another shot at Gold when he competes in the 200m tomorrow (August 5) starting at 12:02pm (5:02am JA). He has already indicated confidence and will be looking to achieve another medal at this inaugural championship.

Men’s 200m T47 Bronze medallist, Tevaughn Thomas, went one better today when he won the Silver medal in the 100m in a time of 11:52s. He was beaten by Japan’s Yudai Suzuki, who won in a time of 11:30s, third place went to Alexander Potoschnig of Austria and his time was 11.60s.

Day 2 of the championships turned out to be productive for the Jamaicans as the experienced sprinters added to the medal tally and energized the other athletes.

With only Jason Brown scheduled to compete on Day 3 of the championships, there is the strong possibility that another medal is in the cards, the colour, however, is anyone’s guess.

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Rear day of no medal for Jamaica

 

 Joshua Pinnock                                                                  Tyandre Tavares                                     Moesha Pinnock   

Jamaica’s lone competitor on Day 3 of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, in Nottwil, Switzerland, Jason Brown, narrowly missed out on winning another medal when he finished 4th in the 200m F12-F14.

The event was won by Jakub Nicpon of Poland in a time of 23.26s, second place went to Timothy Tanner of the USA (23.29s) while Iran’s Mehrdad Moradi, secured the bronze medal after finishing the race in 23.45s.

The powerfully built Jamaican, despite copping the silver in the 100m on Day 2, expressed disappointment with the 4th place finished but vowed to return with purpose and confidence in subsequent championships.

Jamaica is expected to increase its medal tally at the championships when the throwers bow into action on the final day (August 6).

Joshua Pinnock (Shot Put F40-F41), Moesha Morris (Shot Put F40-F41) and Tyandre Tavares (Club Throw F31-F51) will ensure that the country’s athletes and officials celebrate Independence Day in style as they try to secure Gold medals in their respective events.

Pinnock, one of two short stature athletes to represent Jamaica, will throw first at 9:15am (2:15am JA) and is one of 2 competitors in the Shot Put F40-F41 final.

Moesha Morris, the second of the short stature athletes, will pit her throwing prowess against two other athletes in the Shot Put F40-F41. With only the Gold and Silver medals up for grabs, Morris assured the Jamaican delegation that she intends to win the Gold. That competition is expected to start at 10:05am (3:05am JA).

Tyandre Tavares, the only competitor in the Club Throw F31-F51 final, will throw at 11:02am (4:02am JA).

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Nottwil Sleeps……
August 2017

The deep rural town of Nottwil, Switzerland, will sleep peacefully tonight as the excitement brought on by the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, comes to an end on the final day of competition today. Debutantes to international sporting competition, Joshua PinnockMoesha Morris and Tyandre Tavares, made Jamaica proud by doing exceptionally well in their respective disciplines. Joshua was first to take the field in the Men’s U18 Shot Put F40-F41 final and threw a Personal Best (PB) distance of exactly 7m. His effort placed him second behind Miguel Monteiro of Portugal, who threw a distance of 11.05m. He was not given the silver medal, however, as there were only two participants in the event and the rules only allowed for one medal.

I really wanted to do well and make my country proud by winning the Gold, but I did my best, my personal best and I am pleased with that”, said Pinnock after the throw.

Fellow short stature athlete Moesha Morris, was next to enter the field and she finished 3rd in a field of 3 athletes of the Women’s U18 Shot Put F40-F41. The rules also prevented her from receiving the bronze medal.

Morris threw a distance of 5.04m, falling short of the distance thrown by Quezada Vergara of Mexico (7.09m) and Croatia’s Petra Struklec (5.26m). Like Joshua, Moesha used the championships as a learning experience and vow to return to the competition with vim and vigour.

Tyandre Tavares, the only competitor in the Men’s U20 Club Throw F31-F51 final, threw the club a distance of 19.48m. He was also affected by the rules as, being the only competitor in the event, he was not given a medal. His distance, however, is the record for the Championships.

Jamaica finished the Championships with the three (3) medals won by U20 sprinters Tevaughn Thomas (T47 100m Silver and T47 200m Bronze) and Jason Brown (T12 100m Silver).

It was a relatively productive championships for the Jamaican contingent of five athletes and this shows that the future is bright in Para Athletics for the country.

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UTech Jamaica announces plans for Track and Field Classic

UTech, Ja. gears up for staging of premier sporting events:  Plans were announced for the staging of the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech, Ja.) 7th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences and 9th annual Track and Field Classic at a press conference launch held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the UTech, Jamaica Papine campus.  Seated at the head table from left are, Mr. Aldrick McNab, OD, JP and Patron of the 2017 Classic, Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, UTech, Ja., Mr. Anthony Davis, Director of Sport, UTech, Jamaica, Olympian Vilma Charlton and Mr. Christopher Samuda, President, Jamaica Paralympic Association. 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) on Thursday, April 6, 2017 announced plans for the staging of its two premier annual sporting events – the 7th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences to be held on Wednesday, April 12 at the University’s Papine campus and the 9th annual Track and Field Classic to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, April 15 2017. Plans for both events were detailed at a press conference launch held at the University’s Papine campus.

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Paralympic Association President bats for road tennis
Tue January 24, 2017
Voice of Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association Christopher Samuda says road tennis has positive implications for sports tourism in Jamaica.

Road tennis which combines aspects of tennis and table tennis, is new to and was launched on the weekend.  Read Full Article: Radio Jamaica News

 

 

SHANE OWNS SAO PAULO

Hudson to represent Jamaica at Para Grand Prix Meet
April 2017

Jamaica will for the first time, have a para-athlete compete in the Grand Prix meet which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week-end. Shane Hudson, a medallist in the T47 400 metre International Games, will represent Jamaica in that event. Hudson will leave the island on Wednesday.

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Hudson mines gold in Brazil
April 2017

Shane Hudson, Jamaica’s sole para-athlete to the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix – also known as the Laterias CAIXA Atletics Open Championships – in Sao Paulo, Brazil, mined gold yesterday in the 400m T47, with a season’s best of 49.73.

Although elated with his win, Hudson was not pleased with his total execution of the race.

However, he is turning his attention to competing in the 200m event today, and the Super Challenge Race tomorrow, which will see the top eight competitors by times, from all the rated classes, competing for overall honours.

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2017  SAO PAULO PARA PAN  YOUTH GAMES RE-LIVED

 
Jamaica  Paralympic Delegation Settles in Sao Paulo

Jamaica’s Delegation to the 2017 Youth Para Panam Opening Ceremony

The Jamaican delegation to the 2017 Para Pan American Youth Games has settled in comfortably in Sa Paulo and am now awaiting the start of competition next week.

Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, along with Dr. Leroy Harrison, left the island recently with the team on a journey which took them to Panama and finally to Sao Paulo where over one thousand young athletes from the Americas have assembled for what promises to be a very competitive games.

The Holiday Inn is the home of the athletes for the games and ‎the Jamaican delegation has been embraced by many. “We have settled in well and training is going fine and the reception has been great” Sinclair said

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Tevaughn and Jason strike silver and bronze

 

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Para athletes Tevaughan Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica’s first medals at an international youth games when they struck silver and bronze medals in the under 19 T47 and T12 100m events respectively at the Sao Paulo Para Pan American Youth Games, currently being held in Brazil.
It was a photo finish with second place for Thomas, who ran strongly in the closing stages. Thomas also spoilt the Brazilian party, as he was competing in a field with three fancied athletes from Brazil.

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Jason cops another bronze in SAO Paulo

Jamaica celebrated its third medal ‎at the 2017 Youth Para Pan American Games, now taking place in Sao Paulo, when Jason Brown won the Bronze in the Men’s Under 19 T12 400m.

It was a remarkable achievement as ‎this is not an event that Brown runs. However, prior to the Games  he contemplated participating  in it and on his  arrival in Sao Paulo  confirmed his desire to compete to the delegation’s officials.

“I am up to any challenge ‎and this was one. I will now be able to face the 400m with confidence. It is no longer a challenge but an accomplishment but there is still work to do ” Brown said after another podium appearance.

Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, was a proud man” I like an athlete with guts. Jason is fearless. He has just been training as a para athlete for less than six months and he now has two medals to show for his courage and commitment

The closing ceremony of the Games will be on Saturday evening and the team is scheduled to return next week Monday.

Three medals for Jamaica as curtain falls

The fourth staging of the Para Pan American Youth Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, came to a colourful and splendid close on Saturday night at the Pavilhão Oeste after days of valiant and inspiring performances by the youth of the Americas.

Over 800 athletes from 20 nations participated in what has been described as “vibrant games”.

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Paralympic heroes hailed for triple medal haul

Considering Jamaica was represented by a four-member contingent, Jamaica Paralympic Association director Edmund Jones lauded as “very good’ the three Para Pan American Youth Games medals returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Para athletes Tevaughn Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica’s first medals at an international youth games.

They struck silver and bronze in the Under-19 T47 100m, in what was a very close finish, and 100 and 400m bronze in the T12 100 and 400m, respectively.

The Jamaicans returned with medals aloft at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston yesterday.

“It was a good Games from the standpoint that we had three new participants. The good thing is, we went into three races, and we came out with three medals,” Jones, who was there to greet them at NMIA, told The Gleaner.

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Five sports personalities receive national awards

Five sports personalities received national honours, four of which were in the form of Order of Distinction (OD), Officer Class on the lawns of King’s House on Monday. Veteran coach Neville Sinclair received his OD for distinguished contribution and dedication to the training of Jamaica’s Paralympians. Compton Rodney, the Honorary Treasurer of the Jamaica Olympic Association who serves on the board of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), also received an OD for long and dedicated service to sports.

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2016 RJR/ GLEANER PARA ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AWARDS RE-LIVED

Alphanso and Dana-Gaye score!

Paralympians Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham and Dana-Gaye Weller copped the 2016 Paralympic Awards at the recently held RJR Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2016 Award Ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

It was well-deserved having  represented Jamaica at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where Alphanso did his season’s  best in the Men’s 54 Discuss.

Alphanso said: ‘It’s a good feeling again but always I am honoured’ ‎

Both athletes had a very creditable year of performances realized as a result of solid training and a disciplined ‎approach. For Dana-Gaye  ‘it was hard work that paid off’‎

‎For Dana-Gaye, it was her second;  and for Alphanso, his fourth in a distinguished record which in 2013 saw him receiving the coveted Chairman’s Award which is given, in the sole discretion of the Chairman of the RJR Group and Foundation, to an athlete, Olympic or Paralympic, who exemplifies the character and attributes of  ‎good sportsmanship and whose performance is inspiring.

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PARALYMPIC EDUPOSIA END

 
The  2016  Paralympic Eduposia series end “Sell Off”

The fourth and last of the Organisational Capacity Eduposia, hosted by the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), took place on Saturday, October 29 at the office of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) under the title “Creating Wealth and Game Changing”. It was a day of robust discussions on sport governance and administration, the business of sport as well as games and tournament preparation, execution and post-evaluation and involved stakeholders across the sport sector.

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2016 RIO PARALYMPIC GAMES RE-LIVED

Two newcomers named  on Paralympic Team for Rio

Veteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.

The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.

Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.

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Jamaica’s Paralympic  Team arrives in Rio

The Jamaica Paralympic team, including three athletes, has arrived in Rio de Janeiro and looking forward to participating in the Opening Ceremony next Wednesday.

They landed in Rio de Janeiro in the early morning of Wednesday and soon settled in after registration. On arrival, Games volunteers were on hand to facilitate clearance, with Jamaica’s Chef de Mission Javon Campbell and Sport Administrator Ann Marie Smith on hand to welcome them to Rio and the Paralympic Village.

Team leader and medical doctor Lincoln Cox noted that the athletes were ready to give of their best.

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Paralympic  Association Website to stream from Rio

Jamaicans and sports fans across the world will be able to view on the Jamaica Paralympic Association’s website
www.jamaicaparalympic.com
‘behind the scenes’ activities by Jamaica’s Paralympians during the Rio Games scheduled to begin with the Opening Ceremony next Wednesday.

Daily reports from the Paralympic Games on the JPA website will include personal stories of the paralympians, to include how their competitive spirit was born.

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Cunningham on track for Rio

Jamaica’s Paralympic gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham will be taking on a new challenge for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He is aiming to compete on the track, instead of in his customary field events at the September 7-18 Games.

The 35-year-old, who has won gold in both the discus and the javelin events at the Paralympic Games and World Championships, says he will be taking a break from field events this year to focus on his new path, and although the transition has not been easy, he says his preparation has been going well.

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Hudson poised for Paralympic medal

Jamaica’s team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is poised to capture its first medal in track and field competition today.

Shane Hudson will enter today’s final of the T45/T46/T47 400 metres at the Olympic Stadium with the fastest qualifying time. Hudson advanced to the final after winning semi-final Heat Three in 49.53 seconds, defeating Cuban Ernesto Blanco, 49.68.

Hudson ran a cautious race in the semi-finals and has promised to give his all for a medal today.

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Gallant Hudson gets fourth

Jamaica’s Shane Hudson clocked a season’s best 49.07 seconds for fourth in the men’s T45/46/47 400 metres final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

“I gave it my all,” Hudson said after he narrowly missed out on the bronze medal.

He added: “This will make me more determined to continue. The time, 49.07, is my season’s best. I look now to London next year, where the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships will be held”.

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Cunningham fifth in Javelin throw

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham placed fifth in the F54/53 javelin throw final on the second day of competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

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Cunningham take fifth at Rio Paralympics

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham says he is not too disappointed in his fifth place finish in the men’s F53-54 javelin at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil on Friday.

Cunningham, who won gold in the event at the London 2012 Games threw a season’s best  19.49 meters. The event was won by Manolis Stefanoudakis of Greece with a personal best of 26.45 meters.

Cunningham is already looking ahead to contesting his next event the F53 shot put for which he is fancying his chances of winning despite only doing the event for just over a year. He will compete in the shot put next week Wednesday.

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2015  IPC DOHA WOLRD PARA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Paralympics Off to Doha

JAMAICA’S team to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships left the island last Friday and Saturday for Doha, Qatar, where our athletes will, once more, make their bid for international glory.

Our Paralympians over the years have enjoyed commendable successes at the Championships as well as other international events such as the Paralympics and the Para Pan American Games.

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Paralympics Doha Bound

Jamaica’s team to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships left the island on Friday and Saturday for Doha, Qatar where our athletes will, once more, make their bid for international glory.

Our Paralympians over the years have enjoyed commendable successes at the Championships as well as other i international events such as the Paralympics and the Para Pan American Games.

Chef de Mission for Jamaica’s team, Edmund Jones, is optimistic and believes that if the athletes perform as they should, medals will be in the cabinet “Our athletes are performers, seasoned and are not daunted. If they remain focused, the podium will be our best friend”

The team comprises seven athletes: Tanto Campbell (Discus and Javelin), Alphanso Cunningham (Discus and Javelin) Kevon Reid (Shot Putt), Shane Hudson (200m and 400m), David Bascoe (200m and 400m), Sylvia Grant (Discuss and Javelin) and newcomer to international games Sheldon Cox who makes history as the first Jamaican athlete to compete in wheelchair racing at this level.

The Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha will be the venue for competition for around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries and 210 medal events: 119 for men and 91 for women athletes. It will also host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on October 22 and 31 respectively.

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Team Jamaica Settles In

The final batch of the Jamaican contingent arrived in Doha on a relatively warm Sunday night on October 18 and renewed bonds with members who arrived the previous night.

The hotel was receptive and responded to a request of Chef de Mission, Edmund Jones, to extend the opening hours of the dining room to facilitate a late meal for our athletes.

The mood in the camp is positive and this is not surprising as most of the athletes have, on previous and numerous occasions, traveled to and participated together at international games.

Competing in Doha is a first for the Team Jamaica and from all indications there will be historic performances. The athletes continue to be focused and supportive of each other and are eager to do business.

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The IPC Athletics Championships Opens

It was a flurry of fireworks and cultural expose in the Katara Amphitheater which signal the opening of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Jamaican Flag Bearer, Sheldon Cox, held the black, green and gold proudly on his maiden voyage and with the inspired knowledge that he is now part of history, as the first Jamaican to represent our country in the discipline of wheelchair racing.

Enumerable athletes from about ninety nations, paraded amidst pulsating rhythms all with the hope of bringing a coveted medal home and with it, personal glory. Cheers were raised and the Jamaican delegation got the customary thunderous applause which reminded all that globally Brand Jamaica is alive and well.

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Cox makes Paralympic history

Paralympian Sheldon Cox made history on Sunday when he became the first Jamaican athlete to participate in wheelchair racing at international games.

Cox was in semi-final three but was unable to match the speed and experience of other competitors and failed to progress to the final.

Introduced to the sport just over two months ago, and his training hampered severely by the late arrival of his chair in Doha from Kingston owing to airline delays, Cox’s back was against the wall, but he was not discouraged:

“I realistically was not expecting a place in the final. I am new to the sport. I know that come next year, it will be a different ball game,” he said.

CHANGED JUDGING

Meanwhile, Alphanso ‘ The Ambassador’ Cunningham fell victimin in the javelin as some other athletes have. The changed judging system of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),has removed from the discus, shot put, and javelin competitions the Raza system of a performance-based allocation of points for classes of disabilities and has implemented a placement system based exclusively on the measured distances.

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Tough Going For Paralympians

PARALYMPIAN Sheldon Cox made history on Sunday by becoming the first Jamaican athlete to participate in wheelchair racing at an international meet.

Cox was in semi-final three but was unable to match the speed and experience of other competitors and failed to progress to the final.

Introduced to the sport just over two months ago and his training hampered severely by the late arrival of his chair in Doha from Kingston owing to airline delays, Cox’s back was against the wall but he was not discouraged: “I realistically was not expecting a place in the final. I am new to the sport. I know that come next year it will be a different ball game.”

Meanwhile, Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham in the javelin, fell victim, like some other athletes, to the changed judging system of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It has removed from the discus, shot put and javelin competitions the Raza system of a performance-based allocation of points for classes of disabilities, and implemented a placement system based exclusively on the measured distances.

This has proved to be inequitable, particularly where classes of athletes of differing disabilities have been merged as in Cunningham’s case. Cunningham, an F53 athlete in his events, has been pitted against F54 athletes who are physically bigger and stronger and therefore more capable of throwing longer distances. He is consequently at a distinct disadvantage.

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Hudson Progresses to the 400m Final

Paralympian Shane Hudson ran cautiously but somewhat assertively to progress to the final of the T47 400m today when he hopes that the battle he won yesterday will become the prized victory in today’s war.

With sights on a medal, Hudson’s game plan in the semi-final was to test the competition and execute in order to earn a good lane for the final. And he did just that. Running from lane four in the third semi-final, he had an even start but took control at the top of the backstretch and on the home curve and was controlled in the final metres, stopping the clock at 49.53 seconds — the fastest time going into the final.

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Hudson Clips Silver at Paralympic Championships
 
 

JAMAICA’S Shane Hudson captured a silver medal in the Men’s T 47 400 m at the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletics World Championships now under way in Doha.

Hudson ran a personal best 48.89 to finish in second and win Jamaica’s first medal in an ambulant event at the Championships.

“Jamaica has silver from me,” said Hudson after his feast.

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2015 TORONTO PARA PANAMERICAN GAMES RE-LIVED

Cunningham leads six-member team to Para Pan American Games

TRIPLE Olympic gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham will lead a powerful six-member Jamaican Paralympics team to the Para Pan American Games set for Toronto, Canada, from August 7-15.

Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and the lone female competitor Sylvia Grant will join Cunningham, and Head Coach Neville Sinclair is expecting another stellar performance from the team.

“We have six athletes, and I suspect that we will be getting just about the same number of medals as athletes,” Sinclair told the Jamaica Observer at the press conference to announce the team to the games yesterday.

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Jamaica 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.

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Jamaica gets $1-M Parapan Games boost

JAMAICA’s Paralympic team on Saturday got a $1.3 million injection of cash from sponsors Jamaica Beverages through its brand Busta towards their trip to the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 12-20.

The cheque was presented at a small function held at GM Challenger headquarters on Molynes Road in Kingston.

Six athletes and four officials will make the journey to Central America, including Alphonso Campbell who won discus gold and javelin silver at the last Parapan Am Games in Rio 2007. Cunningham, who also holds the Parapan Am record in both, will compete in the F-53 class.

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Parapan Am Games Village Welcome Ceremony

Sean Lee, representative from ParaPan Am Games, leads the Jamaica Paralympic team at the ParaPan Am Games Village Welcome Ceremony for Jamaica in Toronto, Canada, yesterday. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

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Jamaica  flag hoisted  at Toronto Para Pan Games

The grandeur of the national anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.

Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada who bonded with Team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.

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Cunningham targets golden double at Para Pan Games

Jamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) current poster boy, Alphanso Cunningham, thinks it a big honour to represent Jamaica at yet another Paralympics showpiece.

The four-time Para Pan Am medallist says he will be going for glory, records and top honours when the fifth Paralympics Pan American Games get underway from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.

“I am aiming to better what I did at the last Pan Am Games, where I got gold and silver, so I am definitely striving for two gold this time around,” said the current Pan Am record holder in the men’s F52/53 javelin. Read Full Article: Jamaica Gleaner

Like a true Ambassador

Like a true ambassador, Alphanso Cunningham answered his country’s call, led from the front for Jamaica’s six-member contingent and struck an early gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 Class at the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games. The country’s Paralympic star thrower opened the medal count, yet again: http://bit.ly/1WmfD23

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Hudson wins Para Pan silver medal

The country’s ambitious six-member Paralympic team’s medal hunt is steadily gaining momentum, with three medals bagged, so far, at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games, currently under way in Toronto, Canada.

The medals include one gold and two silver and have, so far, cemented the dream of one medal per member.

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Gold for Tanto Campbell

Tanto Campbell reaped gold in the men’s javelin F56 at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.

Campbell, who is better known in the discus event in which he has earned several medals, had a winning throw of 29.81 metres. Cuba’s Leonardo Diaz was second with 29.06m, while Johnnie Williams of the United States took bronze with 27.32m.

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Paralympic Association aims high
 
January 21, 2014

BY SHERDON COWAN OBSERVER WRITER
Tuesday,

PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Paralympic Association Christopher Samuda has described 2013 as a challenging but creditable year and is hopeful that 2014 will be a fulfilling and historic one for the association.

Samuda who assumed presidency in March 2012 said that despite the challenges the association’s performance was creditable.

“The association has a board with strong and varied professional skills and competencies which facilitate sound policy and decision making and strategic forecasting, planning and execution.

“The administrative staff is committed and continues to create value despite the lack of resources which is a perennial challenge,” he bemoaned.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association visits children at SJGRC
January 2014

The Jamaica Paralympic Association gave the children of the paediatric ward at Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC) a gift more precious than any of the toys they walked with; the gift of time and attention. A day that won’t soon be forgotten, the Association came bearing food, toys and laughter, giving them hope and joy after Christmas, a message that they are cared for and not forgotten.

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Jamaica Para Toronto Federation is formed at Games

“HISTORIC” is how President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda has described the move to form a Jamaica Para Toronto Federation, which will inaugurate a drive to incorporate other federations in other major cities around the world.

The announcement was made during a courtesy call, which Team Jamaica at the 2015 Para Pan American Games paid on Jamaica Consul General Lloyd Wilks at the Consulate yesterday.

Wilks endorsed the move and pledged his support and that of the consulate in advancing the interest of the JPA, the paralympic movement in Jamaica and the Diaspora in Canada, particularly Toronto.

President Samuda said that Jamaica Para Toronto Federation is the start and a part of a strategic vision which the JPA has in advancing athlete support and welfare, and signals what he anticipates will be the robust growth of “Jam Paralympism” beyond the shores of Jamaica.

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ATHLETES RECEIVE NATIONAL HONOURS

 
Nine sports personalities receive National Honours and awards

GLEN Mills, head coach of Racers Track Club, headlined nine Jamaican sports personalities who were appointed to the Orders of the Societies of Honour and awarded the Badge of Honour with effect from yesterday’s Independence Day.

Mills, already the holder of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), was bestowed with the country’s fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for his outstanding contribution to track and field through coaching Jamaican athletes, one of whom is the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

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Athletes receive OD
 

Alphanso Cunningham, Tanto Campbell and Sylvia Grant received the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class yesterday October 20 at Kings House. Also a member of the board of the JPA Director Randolph Jones received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service for his invaluable contribution to Civil Aviation in Air Traffic Services.  The JPA would …

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Cauldron Petal gift unveiled at NMIA

The Jamaica Paralympic Association unveiled a cauldron petal gift from the 2012 London Paralympic Games at the Norman Manley Inter-national Airport (NMIA) departure lounge on Friday.

The cauldron petal symbolises the warmth and friendship among the 164 nations that participated at the Paralympic Games two years ago.

“Indeed, you will recall that in 2012 our Paralympians were celebrated in the very same light as their counterparts who had participated weeks earlier at the Olympic Games. Their prizes and awards were exactly the same,” Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, said during her keynote address.

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Paralympic success marks a victory for the human spirit-Samuda

THE Jamaica Paralympic Association continued to celebrate its success on the world stage by unveiling the symbolic Cauldron Petal which was presented to the local body at the 2012 Games in London.

The association president Christopher Samuda, beaming with pride, said the occasion marked a victory for the “human spirit” over challenges and adversity.

“The Jamaica Paralympic Association is very aggressive in terms of promoting the human spirit which is often neglected in sport,” he said during yesterday’s ceremony held in the departure lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport.

The cauldron for the London 2012 Paralympic Games was prepared by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. It is meant to connect all the nations and was built with 164 petals — one petal to represent each of the competing nations. On arriving in London, each national team was presented with an inscribed petal. The lit petal represents the positive values associated with fire.

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KEYS FOR SYLVIA GRANT

Great for Grant-Paralympian overjoyed at getting keys to the city

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

Her achievements on the international stage give the lie to her slight structure and her physical disability.  Abandoned by her parents at the Port Antonio Hospital at birth after they discovered that she was born with a physical disability, Sylvia Grant has emerged as one of Jamaica’s most decorated athletes.

Despite being unable to walk, Grant has accomplished feats that many can only dream of.

Now 50 years old, Grant is the most decorated Jamaican female Paralympian and has amassed more than 50 medals and trophies through taking part in the discus and javelin throw for almost 25 years.

This has not gone unnoticed and last Tuesday she was brimming with pride after receiving the Keys to the City of Kingston from Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke.

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COURTNEY WALSH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

2013 Courtney Walsh awards for excellence recipients to be announced Wednesday

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Four sports practitioners will on Wednesday know which one of them is the 2013 recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at a ceremony scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, starting at 6:30 pm.

Shortlisted are former cricketer and West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president, Wavell Hinds; Olympian, Michael Frater; netballer, Nadine Bryan; and Paralympian, Alphanso Cunningham.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is guest speaker at the ceremony.

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Ambassador scores again

Paralympian Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham was recently in distinguished company as a nominee for the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. Renowned Olympian Michael Frater, internationally acclaimed and retired West Indian cricketer and local heroine and netballer, Nadine Bryan, were the other short listed nominees.

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JPA AT REGIONAL WORKSHOP

Randy Jones for  NOC/NPC workshop in US Virgin Island

The Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, will be the venue of a workshop from November 6 – 9 for Caribbean National Paralympic Committees and Olympic Committees as they seek to establish synergies and collaborative approaches for their mutual benefit.

The Jamaica Paralympic fraternity will be represented by the Jamaica Paralympic Association’s Director Randy Jones, who leaves the island today.

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CUNNINGHAM SUPPORTS DIGICEL

Cunningham throws support behind Digicel 5k Run /Walk

Paralympic champion Alphanso Cunningham has joined the rapidly growing list of people who have pledged their support to the second edition of the Digicel Foundation 5K Night Run/Walk in downtown Kingston next weekend.

Cunningham, the many-time gold medallist and record holder in the Paralympic javelin and discus events, has hailed the telecommunication’s giant’s initiative, which will see the company donate proceeds from the event to 12 special-needs schools and organisations, as a meaningful one.

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2013 IPC LYON ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RE-LIVED

 

Paralympic brace for IPC World Champs

THE Jamaica Paralympic dream team is expected to field a strong contingent at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships to be staged July 15-30 in Lyon, France.

Preparation of the athletes is currently taking place under the watchful eyes of coaches Neville Sinclair and Jefferson Davis, with the paralympians working out at the upgraded gym facilities at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, which has been facilitated, in part, by a contribution made by the Usain Bolt Foundation.

Jamaica’s medals at the IPC World Championships in July are expected to come from Alphanso Cunningham in the men’s F52/53 discus and javelin; Tanto Campbell in the men’s F55/56 discus; Shane Hudson in the men’s T46 400 m and Javon Campbell in the men’s T46 100 m and 200 m, if the Jamaica Paralympic Association is successful in its bid to have Javon’s classification case reviewed.

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Paralympic Athletes for UTech Track and Feild Classic
March 2013

UNIVERSITY of Technology (UTech) acting director of sport Laurence Garriques believes the sixth UTech Track and Field Classic set for April 13 at the National Stadium could be the biggest yet.

Garriques, speaking to the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday, said the inclusion of preparatory, primary and high schools, as well as Paralympic athletes will complement the string of inter-collegiate and club competitors.

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JAMAICA’S PARALYMPIANS ON TARGET FOR LYON

Jamaica’s Paralympic team to the IPC’s Athletics World Championships is in the final stages of preparation for what is expected to be a successful campaign in Lyon, France, later this month.

Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham, Jamaica’s celebrated Paralympian, will lead the medal hunt and is expected to mine gold in both the F53/53 javelin and discus.

“He’s in a world record-breaking mode for the javelin,” stated coach Neville Sinclair, with quiet confidence and national pride.

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Jamaica  Greets Lyon

A long and somewhat tiring journey across the Atlantic and then southerly over the English channel to the revered wine city of Lyon in France, could not eclipse the smiles on the faces of team Jamaica when they arrived at the international airport and were greeted by a hospitality group.

A journey ended on British Airways but another beginning in Lyon in search of gold medals and regional and world records.

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Tanto misses Bronze, Shane and David stumbles

The first day of competition in track and field at the IPC’s Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, was somewhat disappointing for Jamaica.

Tanto “The Emperor” Campbell went into the thrower’s ring at 5:25 pm French time for the first round and with quiet confidence knowing that he had a job to do in the Discus F54-56 class.

All medals won over the years were just that: history. The time is now in Lyon and the world was looking at the present with only nostalgic memories of the past.

He hurled a personal best of 41.71m and went into the final round in third position but was unable to better his PB and maintain his bronze medal position in the final round. With the merger of classes over the last three years, Tanto, though performing at his best at the last Paralympics in London and now in Lyon, has missed out on coveted medals which would have been in his cabinet had it not been for the recent mergers of classes of persons with lesser disability to which different competition rules apply.

Shane Hudson and David Bascoe took to the 200m T45/46/47 semi-finals under a late Lyon sun which, unlike ours, was in full flight at 6:00pm French time with no suggestion of its setting.

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3 Jamaicans bow into action at Paralympics

TEAM captain Tanto Campbell will be the first Jamaican athlete to bow into action at the IPC Athletics World Championships at the Rhune Stadium in Venissieux, Lyon, France, when he enters the discus ring at 3:32 pm France time (8:32 am local time) today.

He will be followed by Shane Hudson and David Bascoe in the 200m T45/46/47 semi-finals, which will start at 5:52 pm (10:52 am Jamaica time). David Bascoe will be in semi-final one and Shane Hudson will be in semi-final two.

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Hudson and Bascoe through to T46/47M Final

The morning sun distilled its Thursday rays on the Stade du Rhone where Shane Hudson and David Bascoe, semi-finalists in the T46/47 400m, contemplated their future.

The experience was not foreign for Hudson. Two years ago, in Guadalajara Mexico at the Para Pan American Games, he went through a similar thought process in the semi-finals and and then the finals where he won the coveted silver medal having yielded the gold, by celebrating too early, to a Venezuelan athlete on the line. For Bascoe, the experience was entirely new but not daunting.

Hudson went in semi-final one and it was business as usual. He pressured the first 150m, relaxed for the next 100m, executed the ensuing 100m and then for the final 50m he measuredly “shut it down” crossing the line in 49.74.

Bascoe ran purposefully in the second semi-final and only took his foot off the pedal around the 200m bend. He completed the one lap in third place in 52.09 behind Austria’s Paralympic champion, Gunther Matzinger, who stopped the clock at 49.60.

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Hudson make progress to IPC Athletics World Championships

Determined to right the wrongs of two years ago, quarter-miler Shane Hudson produced a personal best performance to reach the final of the Men’s T-47 400 metres on Thursday’s opening day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Two years ago in France, Hudson arrived late to the call room for the final of the event and was scratched.

But, this time, the Para Pan Am silver medallist was on time for qualifying, winning his heat in 49.15 seconds.

No such luck for team-mate David Bascoe who failed to advance following a fourth place finish in his heat with 51.64 seconds.

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Resting in Lyon

The heat in Lyon while not unbearable to a team accustomed to tropical temperatures, nevertheless made Tuesday a welcomed rest day for Team Jamaica.

It was an opportunity to cool out, reflect, take stock and regroup with greater purpose. Breakfast was yet again social with a menu of impressions of Lyon – a new environment for all which becomes historical with the passage of each day.

The cuisine shas been met with expressions “Bwoy, mi love mi Jamaican food” but more in a nostalgic sense rather in a derogatory manner for the plates, after each repast, are often pristine clean as when they first came out of the kitchen to the buffet line to which second and third visits are not uncommon.

Teasing, an integral part of the tradition of Jamaican camaraderie, is evident and laughter, more often created by His Excellency Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham, has more to do with team unity than self-praise.

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Jamaica hunt more medals at IPC Champs

Shane Hudson and David Bascoe advanced to the final of the men’s T46/47 400m after securing their places from semi-final action at the IPC Athletics World Championships at the Stade du Rhone outside Lyon, France, yesterday.

The morning sun distilled its Thursday rays on the venue where Hudson and Bascoe, semi-finalists in the T46/47 400m, contemplated their future.

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Cunningham gets Gold with World-Record Throw

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Alphanso Cunningham hit world-record form yesterday to capture Jamaica’s first gold medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

The 32-year-old Cunningham won the F52-54 javelin final with a throw of 24.30 metres to claim the country’s second medal to date.

Cunningham placed the disappointment of finishing fourth in the men’s discus final behind him to break the previous javelin world record three times on his way to gold. He established a new record, first with a throw of 22.13m, then with 22.71m and finally with 24.30m.

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Cunningham misses medal at Paralympic world Championship

Alphanso Cunningham came close to open Jamaica’s medal tally at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyons, France after a fourth place finish in the men’s discus final yesterday.
Cunningham had a season-best 26.38 metres for 963 points in the F52-53 category.
Mohamed Berrahal of Algeria won the gold medal with a world record effort of 13.16 metres for 1163 points.

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Sylvia ‘Silvers’

It was late on Wednesday that Jamaica won its first medal at the IPC’s Athletics World Championships now underway in Lyon France and Sylvia Cunningham delivered it in the women’s F57/58 discus competition.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Neville Sinclair, Sylvia, the Americas record holder, went into the ring well prepared and focused. She threw 19.85m for the silver with the gold going to Safia Djelal from Algeria with 30,53 and the bronze to CeCe Mazyck with 19.83m.

“One down, another to go and I’m going with the flow” said a confident Sylvia who moves onto her pet event, the discus competition on Saturday.

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The Ambassador Enters The  Arena

Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham will start his campaign today in the F51/52/53 Men’s discus at 9:45am in Lyon, 2:45am local time.

He carries on his capable shoulder the hopes of a nation which he continues to inspire with his golden performances. Training has been going well according to head coach, Neville Sinclair, who said: “Alphanso is prepared. He is conditioned and Jamaica will be pleased.”

The discus event will be the first of two events for Cunningham who will be competing in his signal event the F51/52/53 Men’s Javelin later this week. In London last year, he reigned supremely and won the gold in this event.

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Classification denies Alphanso

Despite vigorous protests made by Jamaica and India regarding the classification of two athletes from Algeria and Tunisia who were awarded the gold and silver medals respectively in the men’s F51/52/53 discus, Alphanso Cunningham was denied a medal and officially declared in fourth position.

Jamaica and India had lodged protests asserting that the Algerian athlete should have been classified in a stronger higher class – Class 52 – as he demonstrated sufficient strength and movement of the fingers of both hands and balance of the trunk so as to exclude him from Class 51. Alliedly, the Tunisian athlete demonstrated similar strength and movement and, in addition, was somewhat ambulant which necessarily and also disqualifies him from class 51 and places him in Class 52.

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No medal for Tanto Campbell at IPC World Championships

Tanto Campbell failed in his bid to win Jamaica’s first medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyons, France yesterday.
Campbell recorded a personal-best throw of 41.71 metres but the effort placed him fourth in the F54-F56 Men’s Discus Throw Final.

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Sylvia is rewarded
 

The RJR Foundation recognised Paralympian Sylvia Grant’s achievements with a special award at its recently held National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award Ceremony. Sylvia has had the distinction of representing Jamaica on several occasions at paralympic international competitions and is the Americas regional record holder for the Women’s F52/53 Javelin. She is, therefore, …

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The RJR Foundation recognised Paralympian Sylvia Grant’s achievements with a special award at its recently held National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award Ceremony. Sylvia has had the distinction of representing Jamaica on several occasions at paralympic international competitions and is the Americas regional record holder for the Women’s F52/53 Javelin. She is, therefore, …

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CHEERS TO THE CHAIRMAN

The Ambassador is Chairman!

Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham, more known to his friends as “the Ambassador”, copped the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the recent RJR”s Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony. The Ambassador now has the credentials of Chairman and his achievement is all the more impressive as he topped well-decorated Olympians and Paralympians to …

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“AMBASSADOR ” CUNNINGHAM DELIGHTED

 
Cunningham Delighted with being Digicel Ambassador

JAMAICA’S two-time Paralympian gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham is delighted that his hard work has finally paid off after being named an Ambassador for telecommunications giant Digicel.

Cunningham, who won gold in the discus at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and javelin gold at the London 2012 Olympics, will rub shoulders with Usain Bolt and Christopher Gayle in representing Digicel.

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ALPHANSO “COMMONWEALTH”

 
Jamaica’s Cunningham name most Outstanding male with disability at Commonwealth Awards

November 2 – Alphanso Cunningham, the Jamaican Paralympian who took gold in the F52/53 javelin at London 2012, has been named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disability at the Commonwealth Sports Awards gala.

As well as his gold medal-winning throw of 21.84 metres at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, Cunningham (pictured top) also finished fourth in the F51/52/53 discus with 24.85m.

In addition, the 32-year-old won discus gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, and secured podium finishes in the event at both the 2003 and 2007 Parapan American Games.

During the London 2012 Games, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson was keen to sing Cunningham’s praises and told reporters of how he has shown others that disability is not an obstacle to success.

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Jamaica’s Cunningham Receives Prestigious Award
“Cunningham had a top throw of 21.84m at the Olympic Stadium in London to win Paralympic gold this summer”.

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham, a gold medallist in the javelin F52/53 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, was recognised as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disabililty at the Commonwealth Sports Awards gala.

Cunningham had a top throw of 21.84m at the Olympic Stadium in London to win Paralympic gold this summer, in addition to finishing fourth in the discus F51/52/53 with a throw of 24.85m.

The 32-year-old previously won a discus gold at the Athens 2004 Games and finished atop the podium in the event at both the 2003 and 2007 editions of the Parapan American Games.

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Cunningham bags Commonwealth Sport Award

Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham has been recognised as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with Disability at the prestigious Commonwealth Sports Awards, held last weekend at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad & Tobago.

Cunningham was the gold medal winner in F52/53 javelin competition at the Paralympic Games in London.

He is a multiple medallist at international championships, having also won gold medals in javelin at the 2003 Para Pan American Games in Argentina and the 2010 USA Americas Cup.

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JPA IN PARLIAMENT

 
Paralympians take Parliamentary Stage

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Alphanso Cunningham spun around in his wheelchair, plucked his gold medal from his pocket, placed it around his neck and turned to greet Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart.

Cunningham, who won the medal at the London Games this year, was among the delegation that attended Tuesday’s sitting of the House

Peart said it was important for the House to say thanks to the Paralympians for their performance in London.

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NEW PARA SPORTS

 
Paralympians to venture into New Disciplines

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Jamaica had three athletes participating in the recently concluded London Paralympics Games, with all featuring in field events.

Jamaica’s Paralympic Association President Christopher Samuda now wants the country to be represented in other sporting disciplines at upcoming international events.

“The Paralympics spirit of Jamaica will next year, and the years to come, take flight and cover non-traditional events in fulfilling one of our primary mandates, which is to take our presence and dominance beyond track and field in international competition,” Samuda said following the arrival of the contingent on Wednesday at the Norman Manley International Airport.

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RJR FOUNDATION SALUTES ALPHANSO

Alphanso Cops another award

Celebrated Paralympian, Alphanso Cunningham will again be recognised for his stellar achievements when he receives this Friday, January 11 an award from the RJR Foundation at its prestigious National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Ceremony. Well deserving of the award, Alphanso’s distinguishing gold medal performance in the Javelin F52/53 at the 2012 London Paralympic …

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2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES RE-LIVED

 
The Caribbean Paralympians 2012- Olympians too

Cuba and Jamaica have been the big Caribbean players in the Paralympic Games for athletes with physical disabilities, which are held right after the Olympics (this year from August 29 to September 9).

Cuba made a belated debut at the Paralympics, first sending a team to the Games in 1992.

But it made an immediate impact, capturing three gold medals, three silver and three bronze in Barcelona, to emerge as the Caribbean’s top team. That trend has continued: the Cubans have accumulated 22 gold medals, 13 silver and 18 bronze for a grand total of 53 in the five Summer Paralympics staged between 1992 and 2008.

The Jamaicans began participating much earlier, in 1968, and have taken part in all but one Games since then (in 1976, they supported a boycott of the Toronto Games on account of South Africa’s participation). In ten Paralympic outings, Jamaica has earned 20 gold medals, 16 silver and 18 bronze.

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Jamaica’s Cunningham named Most Outstanding male with a Disability at Commonwealth Awards

 

 
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Gold medalist Alphanso Cunningham of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Javelin Throw – F52/53 on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

November 2 – Alphanso Cunningham, the Jamaican Paralympian who took gold in the F52/53 javelin at London 2012, has been named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disability at the Commonwealth Sports Awards gala.

As well as his gold medal-winning throw of 21.84 metres at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, Cunningham (pictured top) also finished fourth in the F51/52/53 discus with 24.85m.

In addition, the 32-year-old won discus gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, and secured podium finishes in the event at both the 2003 and 2007 Parapan American Games.

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Tanto Campbell proud Flag-Bearer at Paralympics

LONDON England — Carrying the Jamaican flag in tonight’s Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London is so far the single biggest honour in Tanto Campbell’s 12-year career as a special athlete.

“It’s a great honour to be able to represent my country in this way. It is not everyday someone gets the chance to carry the flag in such a prestigious and big event in front of thousands of cameras and the entire world,” Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday after the team’s final training session before the start of the largest Paralympic Games ever.

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Jamaica’s Cunningham launches into Javelin Action

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham will bow into action at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London today.

Cunningham, the first Jamaican to see action at this year’s Games, will compete in the men’s F52/53 javelin at 4:08 a.m. (Ja time).

The 32-year-old Cunningham, with a best of 20.19 metres, is strongly fancied to be among the medallists. His personal best of 20.19m in the event ranks him third among the nine finalists.

The favourite is Iran’s Abdolreza Jokar, who has a personal best of 21.81 metres, while Mexico’s Jesús Maximo (21.06m) has also gone over 21.00m.

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Jamaican Paralympian throws Gold in Javelin
Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham competes at Men’s Discus Throw – F51/52/53 at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Tanto Campbell fifth sets personal best in Discus

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tanto Campbell set a personal best to claim fifth in the men’s discus throw F54/55/56 at the Paralympic Games in London minutes ago.

Campbell threw 41.66 metres which earned him 972 points. The event was won by Cuba’s Leonardo Diaz (44.63m), a world record, while second went to Drazenko Mitrovic of Serbia (32.97m). Though Mitrovic’s throw was shorter than Campbell’s, he was awarded more points (1012, also a world record) based on his higher level of disability.

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PM praises Paralympian- Tanto Campbell

Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has praised Paralympian, Tanto Campbell, for winning the bronze medal in the men’s discus at the 13th Paralympics in Beijing, China. Mr. Golding said his achievement was made even more outstanding, by the fact that Campbell not only had to contend with physical challenges, but that his determination to medal, expanded even further, after two foiled attempts.
Mr. Golding said Campbell’s accomplishment at the ‘Bird Nest’, so soon after the exceptional display of talent by the Jamaican Olympic team, will only serve to inspire other members of the Paralympics team as they go into competition. In the discus class F56 event, twenty-two year old Tanto Campbell, threw a personal best 39.31 metres to secure the bronze medal.

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IPC DIRECTOR GIVES JPA THUMBS UP

 
Local Paralympic movement get International Thumbs Up

The Jamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) should benefit from the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Commonwealth Canada 2015 at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office on Tuesday.

The working agreement was arrived at following a two-day visit by Patrick Jarvis, an International Paralympics Committee Development director and Commonwealth Canada 2015 organiser and regional co-ordinator for Commonwealth Games Canada 2015, Andre Collins.

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2011 GUADALAJARA PARA PANAMERICAN GAMES RE-LIVED

 
Jamaica gets $1-M Parapan Games Boost

JAMAICA’s Paralympic team on Saturday got a $1.3 million injection of cash from sponsors Jamaica Beverages through its brand Busta towards their trip to the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 12-20.

The cheque was presented at a small function held at GM Challenger headquarters on Molynes Road in Kingston.

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Parapan Team departs for Mexico Games

A 10-member team representing the Jamaica Paralympic Association will be leaving the island today to compete in the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 12-20, 2011.

The Parapan American Games will serve as a major qualifier for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Our Paralympic team settles in Guadalajara

The Jamaican team to the 2011 Parapan American Games landed at approximately 8:08p.m. Monday night at the Guadalajara International Airport, Mexico, full of confidence and ready to continue the glorious tradition of Jamaica in paralympic international competitions.

The weather was cold but that did not deter the warm handshakes that were exchanged with the Chef de Mission, Christopher Samuda, who was on spot to greet the travelling team of athletes and officials headed by Ajay Kapu, Physiotherapist.

After photo opportunities with some members of the arriving Brazilian and Cuban delegations, the team was whisked in an official bus to the village where members seamlessly concluded the accreditation process and thereafter retired for a good night’s rest.

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Training begins at Parapan in Guadalajara

Our team to the 12th Parapan American Games, which is being hosted by the people of the city of Guadalajara, second only to the capital Mexico City as a local commercial and cultural mecca, commenced training on Wednesday at the warm-up track adjacent to the Telmex stadium under the watchful eyes of coaches Neville Sinclair and Jefferson Davis.

A “doctor’s visit” to the gymnasium early that morning by the team before training, was far from being a “check up” but simply prescriptive of the success that,it is hoped, will be achieved.

Thereafter it was off to training which went according to programme. Paralympian, Tanto Campbell, showed good form and came under foreign surveillance as he went through his F54-56 discus routine while teammate Alphanso Campbell, no stranger to the top of the podium at international games, demonstrated why he is a serious contender for the gold in the discus F51-53

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Hats off to Jamaica and let the Games begin

The now-famous Telmex Stadium, home of recent and current athletic competition, was ablaze Saturday night with colours, scintillating light, streaming fireworks to the heavens and emotions as the 2011 Parapan American Games were officially opened by Senor Bernado de la Garcia, Director General of the National Council of Physical Culture and Sport in Mexico.

Over one thousand athletes from twenty-three countries of the Americas donned national colours in a parade before a very expressive audience singularly impressed with the Jamaican team which was attired in attractive linen Neru collared black, green and gold shirts ‘topped’ by tall hats, also in the national colours, which were the favourite subject of photographers professionals and amateurs alike.

Flagbearer, Alphanso Cunningham, led the delegation into the stadium, a role which he has performed before on more than one occasion yet for him the journey had not lost its solemnity.

Pride in country and gratitude for the opportunity of representing the homeland were self-evident on the faces of team members and told a special story that was hitherto never written.

The ceremony was spectacular, punctuated with traditional Mexican dance and performances of popular music which were accentuated by a very aesthetic stage backdrop the character of which was changed by the engineer’s light as each act was heralded and transitioned.

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Jamaica Flag is hoisted in Guadalajara

The majestic sound of Jamaica’s National Anthem reverberated in the International Zone of the Paralympic Village in Guadalajara at approximately 16:55 pm (Mexico time) on Thursday, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted signalling the official endorsement of Jamaica’s participation in the 2011 Parapan American Games.

The Flag Raising Ceremony was hosted by the National Paralympic Committee of Mexico with pageantry and a cultural expose in dance by the host country.

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Cunningham mines gold at Parapan American

Men’s F51-53 discus thrower, Alphanso Cunningham, mined Jamaica’s first gold on Monday evening at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In a fine display of expertise, composure and professionalism, Cunningham threw the discus 25.18 metres, relegating Americans Steven Scott (22.14m) and Leon Carlos (21.46m) to the silver and bronze medal, respectively.

While his teammates beamed with pride at their country’s victory, Cunningham described his win as “mission accomplished”. Fellow athlete and teammate Tanto Campbell – himself no stranger to the medal podium at international championships – exclaimed, “You are de boss!”

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Alphanso Cunningham  Rules in Guadalajara
A ruthless display of expertise, composure, authority and professionalism accounted for Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham’s victory in the men’s F51-53 Discus at the 2011 at Monday’s staging of the Parapan American Games being held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Alphanso, the Americas world record holder, threw 25.18 meters relegating Steven Scott (22.14) and Leon Carlos (21.46) both of the United States, to the minor positions.
“Mission accomplished” were the words of our golden athlete in response to his win while teammate, Tanto Campbell, no stranger as well to the medal podium at international championships, exclaimed “You are de Boss”. Chef de Mission, Christopher Samuda, was equally impressed with Alphanso’s dominant performance describing it as “an Emperor’s throw”.

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Jamaica in action at Parapan American Games

Three Jamaicans will be in action when the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico continues today.
Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson and David Brascoe are the Jamaicans who will be in action.
Campbell will compete in the F54 discus final, while Hudson is down for the T46 200-metre heats and the T46 400-metre semi-finals.

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Hudson seeks 400M Gold at Parapan Games

Guadalajara, as a cultural and economic centre, enjoys significance in the annals of Mexican history and continues to occupy pride of place in the lives of its people and many of the men and women of that Central American country.

Equally important for Jamaicans now is this city for here, in the capital of the state of Jalisco, history was made by Shane Hudson who became the first athlete ‘on foot’ from the cool climes of Moneague, in the ‘garden parish’ of St Ann, to compete in a final of the track competition of the Parapan American Games and, indeed, in any international Paralympic Championship.

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Silver medal for Grant, Hudson

 
Two silver for Jamaica at Parapan Games

JAMAICAN Shane Hudson copped silver in 49.43 seconds at the Parapan American Games at the Telmex Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico and in so doing wrote another chapter in the history of the Jamaican Paralympic movement and local sport.

The medal is the first by a Jamaican Paralympian “on foot” in international track competition. Hudson was just beaten on the line by gold medallist Samuel Colnenares of Venezuela, who clocked 49.39(PR). Yohknsson Nascimento of Brazil took the bronze in 49.71(PR).
“This is it and I love it,” said Hudson.

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To Jamaica form Sylvia and Shane with love

At approximately 14:20p.m in Mexico or 15:20p.m local time, a Jamaican, whose given name at birth was Shane Hudson, crossed the finishing line with silver in 49.43 at the Telmex Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico and in so doing he wrote another chapter in the history of the Jamaican paralympic movement and local sport.

The medal is the first by a Jamaican paralympian ‘on foot’ in international track competition. Shane was just beaten on the line by gold medalist Samuel Colnenares of Venezuela who clocked 49.39(PR). Yohknsson Nascimento of Brazil took the bronze in 49.71(PR).

But the silver was all his and he took it with an assertive grasp.

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Historic Run

Guadalajara, as a cultural and economic centre, enjoys significance in the annals of Mexican history and continues to occupy pride of place in the lives of its people and many of the men and women of that central american country.

Equally important for Jamaicans now is this city for here, in the capital of the state of Jalisco, history was made by Shane Hudson who became the first athlete ‘on foot’ from yard, from the cool climes of Moneague in the garden parish of Saint Ann, to compete in a final of the track competition of the Parapan American Games and indeed in any international paralympic championship. However, let us not forget, that he, also, in October 2010 in Delhi, India, at the Commonwealth Games, sprinted into history by becoming Jamaica’s first athlete ‘on foot’ to participate in a track event at an international championship where he narrowly missed the start of that coveted 100m final.

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Triumph and disappointment

Tuesday November 15 was another day in the life of our team in Guadalajara and it had mixed emotions.

Kevon Reid, yet again gave a spirited performance and narrowly missed out on a medal in the men’s Javelin F 54-56 despite producing a season’s best of 23.92 meters. He placed fourth as the gold went to Luis Felix of Mexico, the silver to Leonardo Diaz of Cuba and the bronze to Juan Varela of Mexico.

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Guadalajara finally sleeps

The once bustling paralympic village of athletic newcomers, aspirants, contenders, defending champions, volunteers, workers, host and delegation officials has fallen somewhat asleep as only a few mingle with smiles, handshakes and embraces reminiscing on life lived for the last three weeks in Guadalajara which culminated in an emotional closing ceremony last night.

But for those who looked on with bleary and nostalgic eyes as the parapan american flame was extinguished, this was not the end for the spirit of the games lives on vibrantly and will be renewed in Toronto, Canada in 2015.

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FIRST TIME AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
 
Inaugural Paralympic Committee Representation

For the first time, Jamaica is to be represented at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Conference and General Assembly to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between November 19 and 21.

Representing the island will be First vice-president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher L. Samuda, and secretary general of JPA, Suzanne Harris-Henry.

The conference will focus on national classification strategies, the IPC’s licences programme for athletes, organisational development, marketing programmes and initiatives and career programmes.

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President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, has welcomed the recent decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to permit athletes in ten sports to be classified at this summer’s Tokyo Paralympic Games which temporarily reverses its “zero classification” policy which was instituted in 2014 barring classification at the games.

President Samuda in commending the world governing body stated “that the IPC, yet again, is responding sensitively and practically to the realities and in so doing is exemplifying the equitable principles of sport of fairness and equality of access.”

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Sport psychologist to help Jamaican athletes cope with challenges at Paralympics March 2021

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is leaning on a sport psychologist to provide “good vibes” and create a united approach to overcome COVID-19 challenges during this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Dr James Scott Hamilton, a clinical and sport psychologist, forms part of the JPA’s management team for the Games which are set to take place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is leaning on a sport psychologist to provide “good vibes” and create a united approach to overcome COVID-19 challenges during this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Dr James Scott Hamilton, a clinical and sport psychologist, forms part of the JPA’s management team for the Games which are set to take place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

The JPA said Dr Hamilton’s innovative rap sessions had become well-known among Jamaica’s Para-athletes and emphasised the value of sport psychology to cope with the disruption of training regimes, the postponement or cancellation of events and isolation caused by COVID-19.

Dr Hamilton said a training centre must provide a “good vibes home environment” that inspires a “togetherness” among athletes and promotes “collective purpose in their pursuit of excellence while instilling in the individual a driven spirit for success and transformation”.

He also insisted it was important athletes concentrate on “solidarity rather than individualism” to defeat the pandemic and develop innovative approaches to adapt to situations, with a focus on mental strength development and emotional intelligence training.

Shane Hudson of Jamaica (Right) Comptes at the Games

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Subba targets Paralympic success in Judo and Javelin at Tokyo 2020
March 2021
By Michael Houston

Jamaica’s Theador Subba is looking to compete in both judo and javelin at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics following a successful 2019. Subba won a judo bronze medal at the 2019 Lima Parapan American Games in the over-100 kilograms class after only taking up the sport in early 2018.

Cuba’s Yordani Fernandez Sastre and the United States’ Benjamin Goodrich won gold and silver ahead of him. In early 2019, Subba started practising javelin too and demonstrated talent in the event, but chose not to compete in athletics at Lima 2019 and concentrate on judo.

Subba became the first Jamaican judo athlete with a visual impairment to compete at the Parapan American Games. Now though, Subba wants to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in both sports.

“The passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue the two Js and to do well,” Subba said.

He is studying for an undergraduate degree in science public policy and management at the University.

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Subba Going for the 2 Js- Judo and Javelin – at the Tokyo Paralympic
April 2021

Para athlete, Theador Subba, is a rare talent in the Paralympic and Olympic Movements as he is a judo and javelin athlete, a very ambitious combination that arguably many would not dare to undertake.

The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg class, Subba in achieving that historic feat went beyond the incredible as he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018. That boldness spirit drove him to take up the javelin in 2019, for which he has evident talent, but he postponed his debut in that field sport at the Para Pan-American Games to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely for him.

Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Subba said “the passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue the two Js and to do well.”

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Jamaican Paralympic athlete Theador Subba eyes rare combination of judo and javelin
March 2021

As a judo and javelin para-athlete, Theador Subba is a rare talent in the Paralympic and Olympic movements.

The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg class, Subba, in achieving that historic feat, went beyond the incredible as he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018.

That boldness of spirit drove him to take up the javelin in 2019 but he postponed his debut at the Para Pan-American Games to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely.

Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Subba said the desire to represent his country fuels him. “The passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspires me to pursue the two Js and to do well,” he said.

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Wavell Hinds takes Paralympic Games top job
 March 2021

Former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Wavell Wayne Hinds is now a Paralympic Ambassador with his recent appointment as Chef de Mission for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

In taking the top job, Hinds bested a list of experienced candidates after a gruelling interviewing process which saw noted sport personalities being selected to assume duties at Paralympic international games.

An exemplary sport administrator whose listed credentials include the presidencies of the West Indies Players’ Association and Kensington Cricket Club, Hinds will now be responsible for marshalling Jamaica’s team of athletes and officials at the multi-disciplinary pinnacle of Para sports.

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Ex-cricketer Hinds named Jamaica’s Chef de Mission for Paris 2024 Paralympics February 2021
By Ali Iveson

Former West Indies cricketer Wavell Hinds has been appointed Jamaica’s Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has appointed Chefs de Mission for several future events, including the next Paralympic Games and Parapan American Games.

Hinds, who played 45 Tests and 119 one-day internationals for the West Indies, scoring five hundreds in each format, has been selected as Paris 2024 Chef de Mission and will also lead the Jamaican contingent at the World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe in Japan next year.

Kaydean Webley, a Digicel marketing specialist credited with playing a key role in the logistics of the Digicel Grand Prix Track and Field Series, and Jamaica Hockey Association vice-president Ricardo Panton will assist Hinds.

“I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve my people and country in the capacity as Chef De Mission,” said Hinds.

“This great honour and privilege also carries serious responsibilities for an illustrious, innovative and talented group of athletes.

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Former Cricketer Hinds in contention to lead Jamaica’s Paralympic Team

February 2021

Former West Indian cricketer Wavell Hinds is in the running to become the Chef de Mission for Jamaica’s Paralympic team.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) revealed Hinds was among the candidates for the positions of Chef de Mission and manager for major events over the next four years.

The JPA is set to announce the management teams for the 2021 Bogota Para Pan Youth Games in Colombia, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in England, the 2022 Kobe World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, the 2023 Santiago Para Pan Games in Chile and the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games in France.

Hinds played 45 Test matches for the West Indies between 2000 and 2005 as well as 119 one-day internationals from 1999 and 2010.

The left-handed batsman scored more than 2,500 Test runs, including five centuries, with his highest score of 213 coming against South Africa in 2005.

Since 2012, Hinds has been President of the West Indies Players’ Association.

Robert Darby, of the horse racing industry, Leonie Finn, who works in netball, Wayne Thompson, President of the St Thomas Football Association, Kaydean Webley, Digicel’s corporate marketing executive and Marvalyn Campbell, President of the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association, have also expressed their interest in the roles.

Wavell Hinds registered more than 2,500 runs during his international Test career ©Getty Images

“The JPA, in institutionalising the selection of managerial positions, continues to promote a culture of professionalism and meritocracy by bringing persons with customised and bankable skills and competencies as well as innovative thinking and a strong commitment into the mainstream,” said JPA President Christopher Samuda.

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Noted Sport Administrators, Personalities for Paralympic Games Management Teams
February 2021

The list of prospective candidates for the offices of chef de mission and manager of Paralympic teams to regional and international games has some noted sport administrators and personalities who have signalled their intention to become Paralympic ambassadors.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), under an initiative dubbed ‘A Call to Duty’, made a call for chefs de mission and managers for its teams to regional and international games for the quadrennial period 2021 to 2024. As a result, the likes of Wavell Hinds of cricket fame; Robert Darby of the horse racing industry; Leonie Finn, known for her admirable netball achievements; Wayne Thompson, president par excellence of the St Thomas Football Association; Kaydean Webley, Digicels’ corporate marketing executive guru; and Marvalyn Campbell, noted educator and softball’s empress, among others, have placed their credentials on the table.

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JOA, JPA, USSA Alliance to Build Sport Education Agenda
January 2021

STRUCTURES to advance the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) agenda for education and sport have been bolstered by a Protocol of Cooperation between the country’s apex body for sport, the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA).

Under terms of agreement the academy will utilise the institution’s expertise and resources to aid Jamaica’s national sporting effort, which is already being upgraded with the JOA Scholarship and JOA Internship programmes that were launched last year.

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JOA, JPA, USSA announce alliance to build sports-education agenda
December 2020

Structures to advance the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) agenda for education and sport have been bolstered by a Protocol of Cooperation between the country’s apex body for sports, the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) and the United State Sports Academy (USSA).

Under terms of the agreement, the Academy will utilize the institution’s expertise and resources to aid Jamaica’s national sporting effort, which is already being upgraded with the JOA Scholarship and JOA Internship Programs that were launched last year.

Due to COVID-19, the recent historic signing ceremony was – for the USSA first-time – held virtually with the Academy faculty and staff on the institution’s campus in Daphne, Alabama, while the JOA and JPA partners signed in Jamaica.

The JOA and JPA team was led by President of both associations, Christopher Samuda and JPA Director and JOA Secretary-General and CEO, Ryan Foster.

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West launches Parasports Federation
December 2020

BUREAU:

Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda has said that the spirit of the Paralympics has given rise to the birth of the country’s first parasports foundation, which was established in western Jamaica on Wednesday.

Speaking at the official launch of the St James Parasports Foundation (StJPF) at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, St James, Samuda said it gave him a sense of pride to see the spirit of the Paralympics being expanded to the west and urged the leadership to embrace persons living with disabilities so that they could realise their fullest potentials.

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ROSE HALL, St James – St James became the first parish to establish a Paralympic sports federation following its launch at a press conference held at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Hotel in Rose Hall, last Thursday.

The federation forms part of efforts by the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) to widen its scope islandwide.

With steering committees established in most parishes, Christopher Samuda, president of the JPA, is hoping that by the end of next year all parishes would have established federations.

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JOA, JPA Create Educational Opportunities For Stakeholders December 2020

 

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) have signed a Protocol of Cooperation with the United States Sports Academy (USSA), to offer tertiary education opportunities to local sporting stakeholders.

For the past 40 years, the USSA has been delivering sports education across 65 countries, in an effort to establish a desirable model of sport collaboration and development.

JOA and JPA President Christopher Samuda said that the Protocol for Cooperation was designed to build an academic base in sports, through cooperative programmes in research, education and service.

He says that those enrolled in the programme will be exposed to the technical and practical elements of sports, for the purpose of promoting holistic development for all stakeholders.

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Subba, Thompson cop 2020 Paralympic Hero, Heroine Awards
December 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) celebrates not only the prowess and achievements of its athletes. Of equal importance for the local governing body for multiple para sports, however, is scholarship.

Recently, at its landmark training facility at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, Mona, the association marked, once more, the end of a year with a fest which this year recognised achievements of athletes in sport and education with attributes of character being always guiding considerations for selection.

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COVID- 19 Protocol Outlined For Paralympic Games
December 2020

The New National Stadium, a venue designed for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo Paralympics next year, is seen prominently in the background in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, March 25

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has notified the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) of protocols put in place for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, next year.

There will be an athlete track system put in place for athletes and coaches who will be attending competitions and completing preparisation for the Games. Provided health protocols and preventative measures are observed, these officials will avoid a 14-day quarantine requirement after entering Tokyo, Japan.

JPA President Christopher Samuda said that the medical protocols before and during the games will require the association to make structural adjustments to its training programmes, the arrangement of participating in local and international competitions, and to highlight educational measures regarding general infection and avoidance procedures in efforts to help para-athletes adjust to the ‘new normal’.

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JPA set 12-month time frame for parishes to establish Para Sports Federations
December 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has set a deadline of December 2021 for all parishes in Jamaica to have their own Paralympic sports federations as they seek to expand their reach across the island.

With the constitution of the JPA calling for the establishment of parish federations, the leadership of the national body is seeking to decentralise the sporting body from being a Corporate Area-based organisation.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association’s Szandra Szogedi creates history in appointment
October 2020

L-R Dwayne Barrett, President of the Jamaica Judo Association; Szandra Szogedi, Secretary General, JJA; Ryan Foster, Director JPA; and Christopher Samuda, President JPA

General secretary of the Jamaica Judo Association Szandra Szogedi has been appointed by the International Blind Sports Federation to the Judo Classification Projects Research Committee which is tasked with the responsibility of redesigning the current classification rules, specifically for the Paralympic sport of judo, using evidence and research-based findings of stakeholders.

The significance of the appointment of Jamaica’s nominee lies in the fact that for the first time in the history of the Paralympic movement Jamaica will have a voice at the table in shaping and implementing rules of a sport that will govern competition in local, regional and global games and championships.

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Paralympic Clubhouse A Landmark Gymnasium
Paralympic Clubhouse gets CHASE’s Support
October 2020

The Jamaica Paralympic Association’s (JPA) clubhouse at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre is arguably a sporting landmark as for over 50 years it has housed the aspirations of para athletes who have gone on to become Paralympians with historic achievements and distinguished records of performances at regional and international games.

In the ongoing efforts of the JPA to transform the clubhouse into a gymnasium hub, the association partnered with the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) to obtain some equipment, an initiative which Secretary General Suzanne Harris-Henry, and para taekwondo athlete, Shauna-Kay Hines, spearheaded and Medical Link facilitated.

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CHASE Partners With JPA
 
CHASE Fund Donates $1.3 Million Worth of Equipment to JPA
October 2020

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The CHASE Fund has donated $1.3 million worth of equipment to the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) to help boost its Paralympic training programme.

According to a statement from CHASE, the equipment includes a bench press set and a racing wheelchair roller, which has the ability to record speed and distance as well as store vital data with the aim of improving performance in wheelchair racing.

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Elated Shauna-Kay

Para Athlete Shauna-Kay Hines goes global in IPC social media promotion
September 2020

Commenting on the historic achievement, Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, said: “In the Jamaica Paralympic Association and Para Movement we inspire and commission our athletes to not only inhabit the Jamaican yard, but more importantly, the global village.”

Hines joins a select group of para athletes from around the world and across several sporting disciplines who will bring inspiring messages in IPC’s Instagram project ‘One Year To Go’ to the Paralympic Games.

“I am so elated that Jamaica has been selected and that I will be representing my country on this global platform. When I was contacted I said, ‘Is this really for me?’, for though I know that Jamaica has been steadily making waves, to be part of a global promotion for an international games is an unexpected honour,” Hines said.

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Laren Conquers in Film

Unbroken- An Inspired Documentary of an Able Amputee
September 2020

The theatre at the iconic Bob Marley Museum provided a conscious environment for the first viewing of the documentary film of Getty images, Unbroken, a sensitive reel on Laron’s life as an amputee.

Since then the documentary has gone viral, winning an Award of Merit at the IMPACT Documentary Awards, and recently it was adjudged the Best Documentary at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

Filmed and directed locally by the unmistakably gifted young film aficionado Gabrielle Blackwood, the mortal eyes see the reality of an amputated leg but the immortal third eye witnesses an unbroken body and spirit that transcend stereotyped perceptions and some cultural inanities.

Blackwood captures this athlete’s humanity by delving into the personal daily life of Williamson with mature sensitivity, allowing the subject to give viewers and listeners a deep verbal perspective of a life lived with emotion arising from adverse social circumstances and economic insecurity, yet with confidence in his abilities to overcome.

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“The Ambassador” On Netflix

Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham Goes Global
August 2020

 

Multiple gold medallist and Paralympian Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham has again gone global as he appears in the feature Rising Phoenix, released by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body for para sport, and Netflix Inc, the international technology and media services provider and production company.

Rising Phoenix premiered globally in over 190 countries Wednesday on Netflix to coincide with the one-year-to-go celebrations for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games.

Cunningham, a very accomplished Paralympian, has distinguished himself in regional and international competitions and has built up a strong reputation as a respected competitor and sportsman.

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“Ambassador” Cunningham
 
Digicel re-signs Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham
August 2020

Digicel maintains its position as a major supporter of Jamaica’s special-needs community with the re-signing of Paralympian gold medalist, Alphanso Cunningham, as a brand ambassador. The company also reaffirmed its support for Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) team, now 19 years running.

As a Digicel brand ambassador for the past seven years, Cunningham, a five-time gold medalist, has been a pivotal part of the company’s work to raise awareness and support for Jamaica’s special-needs community. His achievements on the world stage and as a seven-time winner of the annual Digicel 5K for Special Needs, have been an inspiration to all.

In welcoming the continued partnership, Cunningham noted, “Digicel has helped to make me who I am today, and for that, I will forever be thankful. They have helped me to fully embrace who I am. The Foundation is doing some amazing work within Jamaica’s special-needs community, showing genuine compassion, and I just want to say thank you Digicel. Keep up the good work.”

Digicel’s continued partnership coincides with its sponsorship of SOJ  team. The support is primarily designed to help the athletes prepare for the 2022 World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia. It will also cover funding for several events including the SOJ National Games, swimming competition, athletes’ screening, and bocce competition. Digicel will also assist in developing a new and improved SOJ website.

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JPA Speaks  Out
 
Paralympian Association Disputes Sports Minister’s Reason For Unpaid Support Funding July 2020

The Jamaica Paralympian Association has challenged made by Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange over she claims she made as to the reason why they have not received funding under the government’s Athletes Assistance Programme.

On February 9, 2020, Minister Grange said that the Athletes Assistance Programme would commence on March 1, 2020, and continue into mid-July. The athletes who were eligible were those who had qualified or were on the brink of qualifying for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The minister also said that athletes in the programme would receive JMD $20,000 per week towards their preparation. That money was to be disbursed on a monthly basis. However, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government announced that the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games had been postponed, the ministry suspended the programme.

The ministry announced on March 24, that it would commit to paying out sums under the Athletes Assistance Programme up to the end of March.

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Jamaica complete DIY wheelchair fencing frames
April 2020

Jamaican wheelchair fencers took one step closer to international competition at the start of the year with the completion of a do-it-yourself fencing frame to help their athletes train.

The frame, which is used to fix fencing wheelchairs in the correct position during a match, was made from plans developed by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).

Jamaica are the latest country to make their own equipment, joining nations such as Costa Rica.

Para Athletes Speak Out
Non-Funding From Government’s COVID- 19 Athlete’s Assistance Programme July  2020
Grange asked to explain why Paralympians barred from athletes’ assistance programme

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) says it has not received advice from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange regarding her decision to exclude para athletes from the athletes’ assistance programme.

Grange indicated that the paralympians had not yet begun training when the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games was taken, and were therefore not eligible to receive payment under the programme.

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ANOTHER AWARD FOR JPA
JPA Receives Prestigious International Award
December 2019                                           

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has received the prestigious international Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of St Andrew North for its outstanding and sustained work with disabled athletes, who have won medals at Paralympic Games over the years.

At a meeting of the club, Christopher Samuda, President of the JPA was the guest speaker and accepted the award, witnessed by Suzanne Harris-Henry, General Secretary of JPA and Dr Rory Dixon, Director of the JPA.

Samuda, who is also President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, identified both the JPA and JOA as instruments of change and transformation in sport. “I am cognisant of the revealing fact that we must bring to sport – the game of life – change… real change that will lead to transformation,” he noted.

The President of the JPA said the process of change must involve stakeholder education and stakeholder consensus and activation.  It must involve informed and decision-making processes across the board…integrity of thought, transparency in action, accountability, and the implementation of a viable, national strategic and business plan,” he noted.

He said sports ethics and sport governance are ways to ensure that the right people are in the right jobs, while sport theology is a way to ensure that the right people understand and embrace the right way of doing what is right.

“We who are engaged in the business of sport must bring to the business a humanity, a social conscience, a civic understanding, a community spirit and a national commitment to use sport to create a new dawn,” he noted.

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The Paul Harris Fellow was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution US$1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations (such as that being done to eradicate Polio across the World), and shelter for millions of persons.

These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.  Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize corporations that demonstrate a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

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RAVE AWARDS
End of year Rave Awards
December 2019   

2019 Rave Awardees Chadwick Campbell(2nd from right) and Santana Campbell(seated right) with President Christopher Samuda,  Directors Suzanne Harris Henry and Thelma Johill, Sport Administrator Ann-Marie Smith and Sports Manager Neville Sinclair.

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) has named Chadwick Campbell and Santana Campbell as the male and female Para Athlete Achievers of the year. Chadwick is the 2019 T13 100m Parapan American Games silver medallist and Santana, the silver medallist in the 2019 F55/56 javelin Parapan American Games event.

The announcement was made at the JPA’s Year In Review Rave, held at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre on Saturday.

JPA president Christopher Samuda congratulated the achievers and said that para sports had now gone into “uncharted waters with the advent of judo, taekwondo, badminton, wheelchair fencing, rowing and sitting volleyball, He said that the organisation will continue to “challenge our youth who have God-given talents and abilities to transcend perceived limitations.”

STAY FOCUSED

He challenged the athletes to “remain focused, reach for the impossible, go beyond the incredible and claim the victory.”

Paralympic icon Alphanso Cunningham, who has claimed world and regional records in the javelin and medals aplenty in that discipline and shot put, and who is now pursuing wheelchair racing, encouraged new athletes to excel.

He was joined by senior athlete Sylvia Grant and sport manager and noted Paralympian Neville Sinclair, in saluting the medallists of this year’s Parapan American Games, which was held in Lima, Peru.

Directors Suzanne Harris-Henry, Thelma Johill, and Major Robert Neish, as well as sport administrator Ann Marie Smith, encouraged the athletes to continue to strive for excellence as the JPA creates further opportunities for them to achieve.

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CASH IN WITH CHADWICK
‘Cheque this out’ Fersan Scholarship awardee Campbell
December 2019   

Chadwick Campbell (centre) proudly displays the symbolic cheque he received from Newport fersan Jamaica Limited, to help him further his studies and follow his dreams as a part of Jamaica’s Paralympic team. Sharing the presentation, which took place at Newport fersan Jamaica Limited’s Kingston offices recently, are (from left) Dennis Valdez, Managing Director of Newport-fersan Jamaica Limited; and President of Jamaica Parlaympic Association, Christopher Samuda.

A cheque valued at 1.1 million dollars was handed over to Chadwick Campbell by Managing director of Fersan Jamaica Limited, Dennis Valdez,  to further his study at UWI.

Campbell, who won the silver medal in the T 13 100m at the Para Panamerican Games in Lima, Peru, a few months ago, is currently studying marketing and is in the first year of a four year course. The relationship between Fersan and The Jamaica Paralympic Association started as far back as 2012 when the company sponsored the team to the London Games. However, it its the first time the company will be assisting  an individual athlete. Campbell appreciated the assistance and indicted that he will succeed.

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AWARDING EXCELLENCE

Shauna-Kay Receives Prime Minister’s Youth Award

Para athlete Shauna-Kay Hines was among several young persons who received the 2019 Prime Minister’s Youth Award.

It was deserving as she demonstrated in just a few years the ability as a taekwondo athlete to achieve regional success and international prospects.

Displaying good attributes in realizing her goals and assertive in her advocacy for the welfare of para athletes, placed her her front of the line for selection.

Well done Shauna-Kay! Continue to live and express the Paralympic Spirit.

RECOGNIZING RANDY

Aviation Industry Stalwarts Recognised for 150 Years of Service

Minister of Transport and Mining Hon. Robert Montague (fourth right), with the recipients to the Aviation Trailblazer Awards for 2019 – retired Chief Air Traffic Controller, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Randolph Jones (third left); former Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing Reserves, Major Dudley Beek (Ret’d) (fourth left); and Leroy Lindsay (third right) who received on behalf of Retired Air Jamaica Senior Vice President, Maintenance and Technical Services, Captain Lloyd Tai. Others (from left) are JCAA Deputy Director General for Regulatory Affairs, Rohan Campbell; JCAA Chairman, Phillip Henriques; General Manager of Aeronautical Telecommunications Ltd. (AEROYEL), Howard Armstrong; and President of Airports Authority of Jamaica and Chief Executive Officer of NMIA Airports Ltd., Audley Deidrick The occasion was the International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) Awards Ceremony, which was hosted jointly by JCAA, AAJ and AEROTEL on December 7.

Three stalwarts of Jamaica’s aviation industry were recently recognised for their contribution to the sector.

Former Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Air Wing Reserves, Major Dudley Beek (Ret’d); Retired Chief Air Traffic Controller, Randolph Jones and Retired Senior Pilot, Captain Lloyd Tai, received the Aviation Trailblazer Award for a total of 150 years of service.

The presentations were made during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston on December 7, which is observed as International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD).

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TRAVIS  ON BOARD
Ebanks takes his seat on the Paralympic Board
October 2019 

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is a leader in athlete advocacy, having first introduced athlete representation at the board level in 2009 when the outstanding Paralympian Tanto Campbell, now retired, became a voting member of the board of directors.

Today, first-year Norman Manley Law School student Travis Ebanks will take his seat at the table with a vote and, in partnership with other JPA directors, chart the future of the local paralympic movement.

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President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda has lauded the medallists at the recently concluded Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
September 2019

“I am proud of our para athletes who demonstrated heart and mettle in earning their medals and, for some, history was not only made but written as a testimony to the attributes that make a champion and standard bearer,” said Samuda.

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UNEARTHING  PARALYMPIC TALENT
 
Samuda urges Paralympic official to un-earth talent

Those entrusted with the development of para-athletes have been challenged to continue unearthing potential for the sporting individuals and national good.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), made the call amid Jamaica’s historic qualification for the sport of tae kwon do, during a press conference at Olympic Manor on Wednesday, announcing Jamaica’s nine-member team to the 2019 Lima Para PanAmerican Games, which runs from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1, in Peru.

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CARIBBEAN  UNITY
 
Samuda calls for Caribbean Unity
August 2019

Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) president Christopher Samuda has made a call among Caribbean nations for greater unity and fixity of purpose in strategically developing para sports in the region.

Samuda was speaking at the General Assembly of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), which was labelled a success, ahead of the start of the Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, today.

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SHINING SHAUNA-KAY

 

Samuda: Historic Taekwondo Thrust highlights burning Paralympic flame
August 2019

Those entrusted with the development of para athletes have been challenged to continue unearthing potential for the sporting individuals’ and national good.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), made the call amidst Jamaica’s historic qualification for the sport of taekwondo, during a press conference at Olympic Manor on Wednesday announcing Jamaica’s nine-member team to the 2019 Lima Para Pan American games, which runs from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1, in Peru.

“The Paralympic flame is burning for we have moved from our flagship track and field sport into taekwondo, in which we will have for the first time representation at the Para Pan American games and indeed at an international Games,” said Samuda.

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Para-Athlete Shauna-Kay fighting her way to the top
July 2019

It is an admirable achievement to be among the best in the Americas with more than a fighting chance for international acknowledgement. But it is exceptional when, in so achieving, you create and become a part of history.

Shauna Kay Hines, a para-athlete in the sport of taekwondo, has this enviable distinction. She is the first national para athlete to qualify in the sport for the Parapan American Games and appears to be well set to be the first Jamaican to qualify for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

In her last competition in the Mexico Open TKD Championship in April, she was the joint bronze medallist. Ayshat Ramazanova of Russia won gold, Cristhiane Nascimento of Brazil grabbed silver, and Brianna Salinaro of the United States shared the bronze with Hines.

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Five Candidate running for APC Athlete Representative
May 2019

Five Para athletes have been nominated by their respective National Paralympic Committees for the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) Athlete Representative elections that will take place during the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.

The candidates vying for this position are:

• Cristian Valenzuela, Chile, athletics

• Giselle Muñoz, Argentina, table tennis

• Ileana Rodriguez, USA, swimming

• Shauna-Kay Tawani Hines, Jamaica, taekwondo

• Simone Camargo, Brazil, goalball

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Hines elated with wards after Para Champs disappointment
January 2018

Despite the disappointment of missing the World Para-Taekwondo Championships in London last October, Shauna Kay Hines had a lot to smile about after she captured two awards at the annual RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus last weekend.

Now, she is approaching the new year determined to improve and develop into the best in the world at her sport.

Hines, who only took up taekwondo last January and won a silver medal at a world event just weeks later, was voted as the Paralympic Athlete of the Year and the Taekwondo Athlete of the Year, and the Dunkirk resident was elated with the achievement.

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2019 LIMA PARA AMERICAN RE-LIVED

Para athletes hit qualify marks

President Samuda (L) says “We’re ready” and Director Foster (R) agrees

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) had its track and field qualifier for the Para Pan American Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru, from August 23 to September 3 2019, at an All Comers Meet held recently at National Stadium.

The first English-speaking Caribbean country to have the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) officially certify a local track meet as a qualifying event for regional and international games, the meet was the third year that the JPA’s para athletes, under the watch of a technical official appointed by the IPC, made a bid for qualifying marks for international games.

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Samuda Hails Jamaica Parapan Am Games Efforts

Jamaica Paralympic Association President Christopher Samuda, has lauded the medallists at the recently concluded Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Samuda said the Paralympic athletes’ performances made him proud because they showed what he describes as “heart and mettle” in earning their medals.

“For some, history was not only made, but written as a testimony to the attributes that make a champion and standard-bearer,” he said.

Samuda said Theodor Subba, who took up judo nine months ago, mined a bronze medal in the over 100kg class and was an admirable example of courage and determination. He said Chadwick Campbell, who earned the silver medal in the men T13 100m, underscored his credentials on the regional stage.

Santana Campbell, in securing the silver medal in the women’s F56 javelin, became the regional record holder in her class, and in

taekwondo, Shauna-Kay Hines achieved the bronze medal in the K 44 – under 58kg class. Samuda described Hines’ performance as “valiant”.

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JA ‘Settled and Ready’ for Parapan Games

Team Jamaica is now fully settled in Lima, Peru, for the 2019 ParaPan American Games and had its first meeting of all delegation members on Tuesday in the athletes’ village.

Chef de Mission Leonie Phinn says that the team is comfortable in its environs and that he athletes are ready to begin competition in their various sporting disciplines.

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Games Starts With Glittering Ceremony

The National Stadium of Lima, also known as José Díaz Estadio Nacional de Lima,was last night ablaze with colour, music and fireworks as the region’s para-athletes paraded in their national colours to packed stadium and an estimated viewing audience of over thirty million. The opening ceremony was creatively conceptualized by Hansel Cereza, the driving force behind the iconic opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and captured the rich and ancient history of Peru while conveying the admirable passion and emotion of Paralympism and the strength and conviction of mostly young men and women who dare to go beyond the incredible in athletic performances. Five hundred artistes and volunteers participated in the spectacle, fifty-five of whom have disabilities. Team Jamaica was resplendent in gold and black and was led by flag bearer and team captain, Chadwick Campbell, a sprinter who debuted in the semifinals in the T13 100m and 200m at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championship and who is determined to do better. “It is such an honour and privilege to be the flag bearer for my country and to captain my team. I accepted with pride and will never forget the opportunity given to me and will lead by example” said Campbell.

Today, Jamaica’s Navardo Griffith and Shane Hudson will bow into action in the Men’s F57 Shot Put and T45-47 400m respectively and JPA boss Christopher Samuda, who is in Lima with the team, in commenting was cautiously optimistic “The gentlemen are focussed and have sized the competition and know what they have to do to be on the podium. Shane has been there as a silver medalist on two occasions in these games and he is determined this time to step on the highest of the three platforms. Navardo, this is his maiden voyage onto the regional and international stage, but he’ll weather any storm” The team in Lima has been going through some motivational exercises and devotions as aspiring athletes look with faith towards grasping and owning a piece of Para Pan-American history.

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Campbell earns silver in 100m at Parapan American Games

Team Captain, Chadwick Campbell, got into the blocks at the starting line at approximately 3:43 pm for the final of the T 13 100m, a location with which he is familiar at international games having been there at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships. The line-up was not what he wanted as there was not a full field owing primarily to ineligibility arising from on-classification of athletes. However, Campbell remained focussed in his first ParaPan-American experience and it proved inspirational as he crossed the finish line as the silver medalist in 11.66. The gold medal went to Brazilian Arnaldo DaSilva and the bronze to Honduran Elgin Castellanos.

In comments after the race, the team captain demonstrated leadership: “You win some and are humble in victory and you lose some but you are never defeated. You win a medal and celebrate and you come out without a medal but are still a winner. This is what the Paralympic spirit teaches you – humility and never say die. I am celebrating” The Fritz Coleman protégé goes back into the athletic studio where he hopes to record a “blockbuster” for the Dubai World Para Athletics Championships later this year in November. JPA President, Christopher Samuda, continues to be impressed with Campbell’s attitude and approach: “Rarely do you find an athlete so composed and very grounded in handling success as part of life’s experiences and in building character. Chad has it down pat”

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Strong Subba mines Jamaica’s medal at Para Pan American Games

Theodor Subba only started para judo just a year ago and in the process he has made history by becoming the first Jamaican para athlete to make it to the regional and international stage.

He has done so in Judo in the over 100 kg class at the 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games and in so doing he has announced his arrival with panache, by winning a bronze medal.

In his quarter-final match, Subba dominated American judo athlete, Robert Anderson, with a spirited and strong performance and left his competitor breathless and defeated after one minute, much to the cheers of the Jamaican contingent which turned out to support this history-maker.

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PB for Para Athlete Navardo Griffiths

Para-athlete, Navardo Griffiths, has every reason to be proud and pleased with his performance in the F55 Shot Putt at the 2019 Lima Para Pan-American Games now underway in Peru He went into the circle for the first time at a regional games and demonstrated experience beyond his just over a year history in the sport by placing sixth while doing his personal best of 9.52m “it’s a great feeling to be there, out there, competing for Jamaica and knowing that the sky’s the limit if only you dedicate yourself which I have” Griffiths said in his customary quiet style. Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, was very encouraging of Griffiths at the start and remains committed to him: “Navarda never gives in. He is a coach’s dream and deserves to succeed. We go back to the drawing board with the confidence that the future will be bright”

Para Delegation Worships in Lima

Jamaica’s delegation of game officials, athletes Directors of the Paralympic Association and local volunteers assembled on Sunday for a morning of praise and thanksgiving in Chef de Mission Leonie Phinn’ sofficein the Athletes’Village. It was a moment of acknowledgement of God-given talents and gifts and the responsibility of being good stewards of Grace and Samaritans of humanity. Team Doctor, Leroy Harrison, led the devotion as members of the delegation prayed and gave testimonies in evident recognition of their sacred obligation to do good and to do well. It was a moment of reflection and introspection as the Para family was united in faith and demonstrated conviction in their individual and collective will to achieve.
“Strong in the Word, strong in faith and strong in hope, on wards and upwards we go” JPA President, Christopher Samuda, in reflecting on a morning of worship.

Shauna-Kay Hines Cops Taekwondo Bronz Medal

Shauna-Kay Hines is now a household name in the sport of para taekwondo, and this achievement is very remarkable as she only started the sport 15 months ago and is successfully fighting athletes who have been on the mat for over five years.

She copped the bronze medal, along with Columbian Verly Martinez, in Class K 44 (under 58kg) at the Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, having narrowly missed out on a berth to the final during her semi-final encounter with Brazilian Cristiane Neves, who benefited from two penalties against Hines which resulted in a one-point victory for the Brazilian.

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Jamaican sprinters fail to advance to final at Parapan American Games

Tevaughn Thomas and Shane Hudson lined up for the men’s T45-47 100 metres in heat two in lanes seven and nine, respectively, on Tuesday night at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. They knew that the battle had to be fought well for them to transition to the finals before they could contemplate a medal.

So with that in mind, they went to business in cold weather, but the odds were against them and they fell short and well below their personal bests.

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Shane is sixth

Paralympian Shane Hudson was a study in concentration and determination in the Men’s T45 – 47 400m yesterday at the National Stadium of Lima, the venue for track and field at the 2019 Para Pan-American Games in Peru. A seasoned campaigner on the international stage with an array of medals from these regional games and the Para World Athletics Championships, Hudson in the preliminary heats posted 51.01 after a slow start for third and had the punters’ predictions for the final in a spin. The final came in the evening and he was not able to come into the medal frame where he is accustomed to being as he placed sixth in 51.17. He now turns his attention to IPC’s World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in November where he is a two-time silver medalist in the event.

CLS MEDIA

Santana Campbell strikes silver in Javelin at Parapan American Games

The regional record holder in the women’s F56 javelin, Jamaica’s Santana Campbell, was in a no-nonsense mood when she entered the circle for the event at the Parapan American Games, which are now winding down in Lima, Peru.

For Campbell, it was an opportunity to assert her authority in announcing her candidacy for a medal in the Dubai World Para Athletics, which will take place in November, and she seized it.

She sailed the javelin to a Pan-American record in her Class F55, the distance being 18.00 metres and in so doing secured the silver medal.

“Thanks to the JPA (Jamaica Paralympic Association) team and coach Sinclair for the support and belief in me. Somethings I will need to improve upon for November’s World Championship and next year’s Paralympic Games, but for the moment I am pleased,” a reserved Campbell said.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association promises to build on lagacy of first Teakwondo athlete at Parapan American Games

The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) have promised to keep building in taekwondo before their first-ever participation in the sport at the Parapan American Games.

Nine Jamaican Para-athletes were this week announced as competing at the Games in Lima, which take place between August 23 and September 1.

Shauna Kay Hines, who will participate in the 58 kilograms K44 class, will become Jamaica’s inaugural Para-taekwondo athlete.

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The 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games through the lens of the camera

 A STATUE FOR ALPHANSO CUNNINGHAM

 
JPA/JOA President calls  for statue of Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham
January 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, has called for Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham to be honoured with a statue at the National Stadium.

Cunningham has won two gold medals at the Paralympic Games — the first for a world record discus throw at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece and the second in javelin, where he established a Games record at the 2012 edition in London, England.

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2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES RE-LIVED

Commonwealth Games: Paralympian Tevaughn Thomas cops Bronze for  Jamaica

GOLD COAST, Australia — Jamaica’s paralympian Tevaughn Thomas copped the bronze medal in the men’s T47 100m final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games that is currently underway in Gold Coast, Australia.

He clocked a time of 11.63, while Nigeria’s Suwaibidu Galadima took first place spot in a time of 11.04.

James Arnott of England came in second with a time 11.30.

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Tevaughn  Thomas not focus on time

Paralympian Tevaughn Thomas does not have a fixed time in mind, but he is hoping to improve his personal best (PB) in the 100m T47 event at the Commonwealth Games next month.

Thomas has a PB of 11.32 seconds in the event but said that he will take whatever time he clocks, as long as it is faster.

“Training is going well,” the 19 year old said. “I’m just putting in the work to go out there and deliver and I’m sticking to the coach’s plan. I’m most definitely looking to improve that (PB) in Australia. I just want to go out there and give it my all. Not looking at any specific times but I’m just hoping to better the PB.”

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2017 LONDON WORLD PARA ATHLETICS  RE-LIVED

JPA Selects Squads for upcoming Games

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda said that it has been a hard journey but they are ready to compete at the two upcoming global championships.

The JPA selected teams for the 2017 IPC London World Para Athletics Championships from July 14-23 and also the 2017 Nottwil World Junior Para Athletics Championships, August 3-6.

“It has been a hard road, very tough road,” Samuda said at a press conference at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office on Tuesday.

“We made it, but it required tremendous work by our directors and sponsors. The directors toiled to make it possible, but without support from sponsors we would not be here,” Samuda who was also recently elected JOA president explained.

Read Full Article: Jamaica Gleaner

Senior, Junior Paralympic Teams named

The Jamaica Paralympic Association named 13 athletes yesterday to represent Jamaica at the senior and junior World Para Athletics Championships in England and Switzerland.

Alphanso Cunningham (javelin, shot put), Shane Hudson (200m, 400m), Sylvia Grant (discus), Santana Campbell (javelin, shot put), Chadwick Campbell (100m, 200m), Jason Brown (100m), Tevaughn Thomas (100m) and Dana-Gaye Weller (club throw) are down to compete in the World Para Athletics Championships set for London between July 14-23.

Both Jason Brown (100m, 200m) and Tevaughn Thomas (100m, 200m) will then join Tyandre Tavares (club throw), Moesha Morris (shot put, javelin, 100m) and Joshua Pinnock (100m, shot put) at the World Para Junior Athletics Championships set for August 3-6 in Nottwil, Switzerland.

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London Welcomes Jamaica Para Athletes

Team Jamaica has settled in comfortably to a warm welcome at the Premier Inn, London, Stratford, just a stone’s throw from the historic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, where the nation has made its mark and established world milestones in track and field, both in the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

Newcomer Chadwick Campbell, faced the starter yesterday in the Men’s T13 100m preliminaries and placed sixth in 11.49 seconds. However, he did not progress, as the heat was won by the Irish athlete Jason Smyth, who clocked the fastest time with 10.73 seconds, to advance to the final. Campbell was disappointed as he was looking to better his personal record of 11.34, which would have given him a berth in the finals. “I am somewhat dejected although this is my first outing on the international stage. I was hoping to be in the final,” he said.

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Hudson fights off injuries to get silver at World Para Champs

Shane Hudson, Jamaica’s lone medallist at the recently concluded World Para Athletics Championships in London, said he was very surprised by his performances at the meet.

Hudson won silver in the men’s 400m T47 event in 49.60 seconds behind Gunther Matzinger of Austria, who won the gold in 49.35 at the July 14-23 meet. At a function to honour him for his achievement at the Jamaica Olympic Association head office yesterday, Hudson said:

“I am feeling great for this because it shows that hard work and determination pay off. I was surprised by my performance at the championships because I was having a lot of injuries going into the meet, and I didn’t really start full training until the last week in March.”

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Jamaica Paralympian Hudson celebrates upon homecoming

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Silver medallist in the 2017 London Para Olympics, Shane Hudson and his team earned praises yesterday for their performances in the games.

According to a release from the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), the games showed the Jamaican Para Olympian team’s ability to do well.

Shane Hudson won silver in the 400 metre run, his fourth on the international stage.
Director of the JPA, Ryan Foster, said that Jamaica’s participation in the games allowed the island to showcase its “trajectory for greatness”.

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2017 NOTTWIL PARA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS RE-LIVED

JPA Selects Squads for upcoming  Games

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda said that it has been a hard journey but they are ready to compete at the two upcoming global championships.

The JPA selected teams for the 2017 IPC London World Para Athletics Championships from July 14-23 and also the 2017 Nottwil World Junior Para Athletics Championships, August 3-6.

“It has been a hard road, very tough road,” Samuda said at a press conference at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office on Tuesday.

“We made it, but it required tremendous work by our directors and sponsors. The directors toiled to make it possible, but without support from sponsors we would not be here,” Samuda who was also recently elected JOA president explained.

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Jamaica’s Junior Para Athletics Team arrive in Nottwil, Swizerland
August 2017

Team Jamaica – Nottwil 2017. Front Row (l-r) Joshua Pinnock, Tyandre Tavares, Neville Sinclair (Coach) and Moesha Morris. Back Row (l-r) Christopher Samuda, Kamal Powell, Dr. Rani Sittol, Kaydean Webley, Kevin Brown, Ann Marie Smith, Tevaughn Thomas, Rushane Sterling, Jason Brown and Dalton Myers (Chef de Mission)

Jamaica’s Team to the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, arrived safely in Switzerland and the team is expected to light up the track in the sleepy rural town of Nottwil.

The 1st ever Junior Para Athletics Championships, will bring together young Para Athletes from across the world who would match skills in a wide variety of track and field events. Sprinters Tevaughn Thomas and Jason Brown will be joined by the country’s 1st ever short stature athletes Joshua Pinnock (Shot Put) and Moesha Morris (Shot Put). Tyandre Tavares will be doing the club throw. All the athletes have shown promise and are expected to do exceptionally well in their respective events. The competition starts Thursday, August 3, with Tevaughn Thomas competing in the finals of the Men’s U20 T42-T47 200m, starting at 6:02pm (1:02pm JA).

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Bronze for Jamaica
August 2017

Jamaica won its first medal on the opening day of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, when Tevaughn Thomas secured Bronze in the Men’s 200m T42-47 in a time of 23.30s. He was defeated by Kumar Aamit of India, who won in a time of 23.23s and the Silver medal went to Austria’s Alexander Pototschnig, his time was 23.40s.

Thomas, who will compete in the Men’s 100m tomorrow (August 4), had a flying start and was marginally ahead of the field coming off the curve. He was eventually passed by the much stronger Indian and the fast finishing Austrian in the final 20 metres of the race.

I had a good start and was comfortable coming off the bend, but I guess the other athletes wanted it more”, said Thomas after the race. “I am happy to have secured a medal for my country, family and fans at home”.

Flag Bearers Jason Brown and Moesha MorrisEarlier in the day, Jason Brown and Moesha Morris, represented the country with distinction in the Championship’s opening ceremony. Morris, who is representing the country for the first time at an international track and field event, was elated to have been a part of the ceremony, while flag bearer and medal hopeful, Jason Brown, said that it was “indeed an honour to be Jamaica’s flag bearer”.

Both Jason Brown and Tevaughn Thomas will compete in Friday’s (August 04) day of competition.
Brown will run in the Men’s 100m T13 at 11:10am (4:10am JA), while Thomas will compete in his pet event, the Men’s 100m T42-47 at 4:45pm (9:45am JA).
They are both expected to increase the country’s medal count at the Championships.
Follow the progress of the team on www.jamaicaparalympic.com and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account.
 

Brown, Thomas  bring junior Parapan glory

Jason Brown won Jamaica’s first track and field gold medal in history at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Champion-ships in Nottwil, Switzerland, yesterday, claiming the top position in the T12 event.

Brown’s gold brought Jamaica’s medal tally to two, adding to a bronze won by Tevaughn Thomas on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Thomas won the bronze in the men’s 200m T42-47 in 23.30 seconds.

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Sprinters mine silver medals for Jamaica

Experienced sprinters Jason Brown (T12) and Tevaughn Thomas (T47) mined Silver medals for Jamaica in their respective 100m races on Day 2 of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Brown won his heat in 11.33s but missed out on the gold  by 0.001 of a second as Iranian Mehrdad Moradi won in a time of 11:33s, the same time as Brown.

The visually impaired Jamaican got a great start and looked comfortable in the middle of the race but stumbled at the finish.

Brown has another shot at Gold when he competes in the 200m tomorrow (August 5) starting at 12:02pm (5:02am JA). He has already indicated confidence and will be looking to achieve another medal at this inaugural championship.

Men’s 200m T47 Bronze medallist, Tevaughn Thomas, went one better today when he won the Silver medal in the 100m in a time of 11:52s. He was beaten by Japan’s Yudai Suzuki, who won in a time of 11:30s, third place went to Alexander Potoschnig of Austria and his time was 11.60s.

Day 2 of the championships turned out to be productive for the Jamaicans as the experienced sprinters added to the medal tally and energized the other athletes.

With only Jason Brown scheduled to compete on Day 3 of the championships, there is the strong possibility that another medal is in the cards, the colour, however, is anyone’s guess.

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Rear day of no medal for Jamaica

 

 Joshua Pinnock                                                                  Tyandre Tavares                                     Moesha Pinnock   

Jamaica’s lone competitor on Day 3 of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, in Nottwil, Switzerland, Jason Brown, narrowly missed out on winning another medal when he finished 4th in the 200m F12-F14.

The event was won by Jakub Nicpon of Poland in a time of 23.26s, second place went to Timothy Tanner of the USA (23.29s) while Iran’s Mehrdad Moradi, secured the bronze medal after finishing the race in 23.45s.

The powerfully built Jamaican, despite copping the silver in the 100m on Day 2, expressed disappointment with the 4th place finished but vowed to return with purpose and confidence in subsequent championships.

Jamaica is expected to increase its medal tally at the championships when the throwers bow into action on the final day (August 6).

Joshua Pinnock (Shot Put F40-F41), Moesha Morris (Shot Put F40-F41) and Tyandre Tavares (Club Throw F31-F51) will ensure that the country’s athletes and officials celebrate Independence Day in style as they try to secure Gold medals in their respective events.

Pinnock, one of two short stature athletes to represent Jamaica, will throw first at 9:15am (2:15am JA) and is one of 2 competitors in the Shot Put F40-F41 final.

Moesha Morris, the second of the short stature athletes, will pit her throwing prowess against two other athletes in the Shot Put F40-F41. With only the Gold and Silver medals up for grabs, Morris assured the Jamaican delegation that she intends to win the Gold. That competition is expected to start at 10:05am (3:05am JA).

Tyandre Tavares, the only competitor in the Club Throw F31-F51 final, will throw at 11:02am (4:02am JA).

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Nottwil Sleeps……
August 2017

The deep rural town of Nottwil, Switzerland, will sleep peacefully tonight as the excitement brought on by the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships, comes to an end on the final day of competition today. Debutantes to international sporting competition, Joshua PinnockMoesha Morris and Tyandre Tavares, made Jamaica proud by doing exceptionally well in their respective disciplines. Joshua was first to take the field in the Men’s U18 Shot Put F40-F41 final and threw a Personal Best (PB) distance of exactly 7m. His effort placed him second behind Miguel Monteiro of Portugal, who threw a distance of 11.05m. He was not given the silver medal, however, as there were only two participants in the event and the rules only allowed for one medal.

I really wanted to do well and make my country proud by winning the Gold, but I did my best, my personal best and I am pleased with that”, said Pinnock after the throw.

Fellow short stature athlete Moesha Morris, was next to enter the field and she finished 3rd in a field of 3 athletes of the Women’s U18 Shot Put F40-F41. The rules also prevented her from receiving the bronze medal.

Morris threw a distance of 5.04m, falling short of the distance thrown by Quezada Vergara of Mexico (7.09m) and Croatia’s Petra Struklec (5.26m). Like Joshua, Moesha used the championships as a learning experience and vow to return to the competition with vim and vigour.

Tyandre Tavares, the only competitor in the Men’s U20 Club Throw F31-F51 final, threw the club a distance of 19.48m. He was also affected by the rules as, being the only competitor in the event, he was not given a medal. His distance, however, is the record for the Championships.

Jamaica finished the Championships with the three (3) medals won by U20 sprinters Tevaughn Thomas (T47 100m Silver and T47 200m Bronze) and Jason Brown (T12 100m Silver).

It was a relatively productive championships for the Jamaican contingent of five athletes and this shows that the future is bright in Para Athletics for the country.

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UTech Jamaica announces plans for Track and Field Classic

UTech, Ja. gears up for staging of premier sporting events:  Plans were announced for the staging of the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech, Ja.) 7th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences and 9th annual Track and Field Classic at a press conference launch held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the UTech, Jamaica Papine campus.  Seated at the head table from left are, Mr. Aldrick McNab, OD, JP and Patron of the 2017 Classic, Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, UTech, Ja., Mr. Anthony Davis, Director of Sport, UTech, Jamaica, Olympian Vilma Charlton and Mr. Christopher Samuda, President, Jamaica Paralympic Association. 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) on Thursday, April 6, 2017 announced plans for the staging of its two premier annual sporting events – the 7th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences to be held on Wednesday, April 12 at the University’s Papine campus and the 9th annual Track and Field Classic to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, April 15 2017. Plans for both events were detailed at a press conference launch held at the University’s Papine campus.

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Paralympic Association President bats for road tennis
Tue January 24, 2017
Voice of Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association Christopher Samuda says road tennis has positive implications for sports tourism in Jamaica.

Road tennis which combines aspects of tennis and table tennis, is new to and was launched on the weekend.  Read Full Article: Radio Jamaica News

 

 

SHANE OWNS SAO PAULO

Hudson to represent Jamaica at Para Grand Prix Meet
April 2017

Jamaica will for the first time, have a para-athlete compete in the Grand Prix meet which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week-end. Shane Hudson, a medallist in the T47 400 metre International Games, will represent Jamaica in that event. Hudson will leave the island on Wednesday.

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Hudson mines gold in Brazil
April 2017

Shane Hudson, Jamaica’s sole para-athlete to the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix – also known as the Laterias CAIXA Atletics Open Championships – in Sao Paulo, Brazil, mined gold yesterday in the 400m T47, with a season’s best of 49.73.

Although elated with his win, Hudson was not pleased with his total execution of the race.

However, he is turning his attention to competing in the 200m event today, and the Super Challenge Race tomorrow, which will see the top eight competitors by times, from all the rated classes, competing for overall honours.

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2017  SAO PAULO PARA PAN  YOUTH GAMES RE-LIVED 

 
Jamaica  Paralympic Delegation Settles in Sao Paulo

Jamaica’s Delegation to the 2017 Youth Para Panam Opening Ceremony

The Jamaican delegation to the 2017 Para Pan American Youth Games has settled in comfortably in Sa Paulo and am now awaiting the start of competition next week.

Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, along with Dr. Leroy Harrison, left the island recently with the team on a journey which took them to Panama and finally to Sao Paulo where over one thousand young athletes from the Americas have assembled for what promises to be a very competitive games.

The Holiday Inn is the home of the athletes for the games and ‎the Jamaican delegation has been embraced by many. “We have settled in well and training is going fine and the reception has been great” Sinclair said

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Tevaughn and Jason strike silver and bronze

 

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Para athletes Tevaughan Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica’s first medals at an international youth games when they struck silver and bronze medals in the under 19 T47 and T12 100m events respectively at the Sao Paulo Para Pan American Youth Games, currently being held in Brazil.
It was a photo finish with second place for Thomas, who ran strongly in the closing stages. Thomas also spoilt the Brazilian party, as he was competing in a field with three fancied athletes from Brazil.

Tevaughan and Jason Strike Silver and BronzRead Full Article: Jamaica Observer

Jason cops another bronze in SAO Paulo

Jamaica celebrated its third medal ‎at the 2017 Youth Para Pan American Games, now taking place in Sao Paulo, when Jason Brown won the Bronze in the Men’s Under 19 T12 400m.

It was a remarkable achievement as ‎this is not an event that Brown runs. However, prior to the Games  he contemplated participating  in it and on his  arrival in Sao Paulo  confirmed his desire to compete to the delegation’s officials.

“I am up to any challenge ‎and this was one. I will now be able to face the 400m with confidence. It is no longer a challenge but an accomplishment but there is still work to do ” Brown said after another podium appearance.

Sport Manager, Neville Sinclair, was a proud man” I like an athlete with guts. Jason is fearless. He has just been training as a para athlete for less than six months and he now has two medals to show for his courage and commitment

The closing ceremony of the Games will be on Saturday evening and the team is scheduled to return next week Monday.

Three medals for Jamaica as curtain falls

The fourth staging of the Para Pan American Youth Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, came to a colourful and splendid close on Saturday night at the Pavilhão Oeste after days of valiant and inspiring performances by the youth of the Americas.

Over 800 athletes from 20 nations participated in what has been described as “vibrant games”.

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Paralympic heroes hailed for triple medal haul

Considering Jamaica was represented by a four-member contingent, Jamaica Paralympic Association director Edmund Jones lauded as “very good’ the three Para Pan American Youth Games medals returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Para athletes Tevaughn Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica’s first medals at an international youth games.

They struck silver and bronze in the Under-19 T47 100m, in what was a very close finish, and 100 and 400m bronze in the T12 100 and 400m, respectively.

The Jamaicans returned with medals aloft at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston yesterday.

“It was a good Games from the standpoint that we had three new participants. The good thing is, we went into three races, and we came out with three medals,” Jones, who was there to greet them at NMIA, told The Gleaner.

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Five sports personalities receive national awards

Five sports personalities received national honours, four of which were in the form of Order of Distinction (OD), Officer Class on the lawns of King’s House on Monday. Veteran coach Neville Sinclair received his OD for distinguished contribution and dedication to the training of Jamaica’s Paralympians. Compton Rodney, the Honorary Treasurer of the Jamaica Olympic Association who serves on the board of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), also received an OD for long and dedicated service to sports.

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2016 RJR/ GLEANER PARA ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AWARDS RE-LIVED

Alphanso and Dana-Gaye score!

Paralympians Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham and Dana-Gaye Weller copped the 2016 Paralympic Awards at the recently held RJR Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2016 Award Ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

It was well-deserved having  represented Jamaica at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where Alphanso did his season’s  best in the Men’s 54 Discuss.

Alphanso said: ‘It’s a good feeling again but always I am honoured’ ‎

Both athletes had a very creditable year of performances realized as a result of solid training and a disciplined ‎approach. For Dana-Gaye  ‘it was hard work that paid off’‎

‎For Dana-Gaye, it was her second;  and for Alphanso, his fourth in a distinguished record which in 2013 saw him receiving the coveted Chairman’s Award which is given, in the sole discretion of the Chairman of the RJR Group and Foundation, to an athlete, Olympic or Paralympic, who exemplifies the character and attributes of  ‎good sportsmanship and whose performance is inspiring.

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PARALYMPIC EDUPOSIA END

 
The  2016  Paralympic Eduposia series end “Sell Off”

The fourth and last of the Organisational Capacity Eduposia, hosted by the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA), took place on Saturday, October 29 at the office of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) under the title “Creating Wealth and Game Changing”. It was a day of robust discussions on sport governance and administration, the business of sport as well as games and tournament preparation, execution and post-evaluation and involved stakeholders across the sport sector.

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2016 RIO PARALYMPIC GAMES RE-LIVED

Two newcomers named  on Paralympic Team for Rio

Veteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.

The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.

Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.

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Jamaica’s Paralympic  Team arrives in Rio

The Jamaica Paralympic team, including three athletes, has arrived in Rio de Janeiro and looking forward to participating in the Opening Ceremony next Wednesday.

They landed in Rio de Janeiro in the early morning of Wednesday and soon settled in after registration. On arrival, Games volunteers were on hand to facilitate clearance, with Jamaica’s Chef de Mission Javon Campbell and Sport Administrator Ann Marie Smith on hand to welcome them to Rio and the Paralympic Village.

Team leader and medical doctor Lincoln Cox noted that the athletes were ready to give of their best.

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Paralympic  Association Website to stream from Rio

Jamaicans and sports fans across the world will be able to view on the Jamaica Paralympic Association’s website
www.jamaicaparalympic.com
‘behind the scenes’ activities by Jamaica’s Paralympians during the Rio Games scheduled to begin with the Opening Ceremony next Wednesday.

Daily reports from the Paralympic Games on the JPA website will include personal stories of the paralympians, to include how their competitive spirit was born.

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Cunningham on track for Rio

Jamaica’s Paralympic gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham will be taking on a new challenge for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He is aiming to compete on the track, instead of in his customary field events at the September 7-18 Games.

The 35-year-old, who has won gold in both the discus and the javelin events at the Paralympic Games and World Championships, says he will be taking a break from field events this year to focus on his new path, and although the transition has not been easy, he says his preparation has been going well.

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Hudson poised for Paralympic medal

Jamaica’s team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is poised to capture its first medal in track and field competition today.

Shane Hudson will enter today’s final of the T45/T46/T47 400 metres at the Olympic Stadium with the fastest qualifying time. Hudson advanced to the final after winning semi-final Heat Three in 49.53 seconds, defeating Cuban Ernesto Blanco, 49.68.

Hudson ran a cautious race in the semi-finals and has promised to give his all for a medal today.

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Gallant Hudson gets fourth

Jamaica’s Shane Hudson clocked a season’s best 49.07 seconds for fourth in the men’s T45/46/47 400 metres final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

“I gave it my all,” Hudson said after he narrowly missed out on the bronze medal.

He added: “This will make me more determined to continue. The time, 49.07, is my season’s best. I look now to London next year, where the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships will be held”.

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Cunningham fifth in Javelin throw

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham placed fifth in the F54/53 javelin throw final on the second day of competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

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Cunningham take fifth at Rio Paralympics

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham says he is not too disappointed in his fifth place finish in the men’s F53-54 javelin at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil on Friday.

Cunningham, who won gold in the event at the London 2012 Games threw a season’s best  19.49 meters. The event was won by Manolis Stefanoudakis of Greece with a personal best of 26.45 meters.

Cunningham is already looking ahead to contesting his next event the F53 shot put for which he is fancying his chances of winning despite only doing the event for just over a year. He will compete in the shot put next week Wednesday.

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2015  IPC DOHA WOLRD PARA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Paralympics Off to Doha

JAMAICA’S team to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships left the island last Friday and Saturday for Doha, Qatar, where our athletes will, once more, make their bid for international glory.

Our Paralympians over the years have enjoyed commendable successes at the Championships as well as other international events such as the Paralympics and the Para Pan American Games.

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Paralympics Doha Bound

Jamaica’s team to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships left the island on Friday and Saturday for Doha, Qatar where our athletes will, once more, make their bid for international glory.

Our Paralympians over the years have enjoyed commendable successes at the Championships as well as other i international events such as the Paralympics and the Para Pan American Games.

Chef de Mission for Jamaica’s team, Edmund Jones, is optimistic and believes that if the athletes perform as they should, medals will be in the cabinet “Our athletes are performers, seasoned and are not daunted. If they remain focused, the podium will be our best friend”

The team comprises seven athletes: Tanto Campbell (Discus and Javelin), Alphanso Cunningham (Discus and Javelin) Kevon Reid (Shot Putt), Shane Hudson (200m and 400m), David Bascoe (200m and 400m), Sylvia Grant (Discuss and Javelin) and newcomer to international games Sheldon Cox who makes history as the first Jamaican athlete to compete in wheelchair racing at this level.

The Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha will be the venue for competition for around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries and 210 medal events: 119 for men and 91 for women athletes. It will also host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on October 22 and 31 respectively.

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Team Jamaica Settles In

The final batch of the Jamaican contingent arrived in Doha on a relatively warm Sunday night on October 18 and renewed bonds with members who arrived the previous night.

The hotel was receptive and responded to a request of Chef de Mission, Edmund Jones, to extend the opening hours of the dining room to facilitate a late meal for our athletes.

The mood in the camp is positive and this is not surprising as most of the athletes have, on previous and numerous occasions, traveled to and participated together at international games.

Competing in Doha is a first for the Team Jamaica and from all indications there will be historic performances. The athletes continue to be focused and supportive of each other and are eager to do business.

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The IPC Athletics Championships Opens

It was a flurry of fireworks and cultural expose in the Katara Amphitheater which signal the opening of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Jamaican Flag Bearer, Sheldon Cox, held the black, green and gold proudly on his maiden voyage and with the inspired knowledge that he is now part of history, as the first Jamaican to represent our country in the discipline of wheelchair racing.

Enumerable athletes from about ninety nations, paraded amidst pulsating rhythms all with the hope of bringing a coveted medal home and with it, personal glory. Cheers were raised and the Jamaican delegation got the customary thunderous applause which reminded all that globally Brand Jamaica is alive and well.

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Cox makes Paralympic history

Paralympian Sheldon Cox made history on Sunday when he became the first Jamaican athlete to participate in wheelchair racing at international games.

Cox was in semi-final three but was unable to match the speed and experience of other competitors and failed to progress to the final.

Introduced to the sport just over two months ago, and his training hampered severely by the late arrival of his chair in Doha from Kingston owing to airline delays, Cox’s back was against the wall, but he was not discouraged:

“I realistically was not expecting a place in the final. I am new to the sport. I know that come next year, it will be a different ball game,” he said.

CHANGED JUDGING

Meanwhile, Alphanso ‘ The Ambassador’ Cunningham fell victimin in the javelin as some other athletes have. The changed judging system of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),has removed from the discus, shot put, and javelin competitions the Raza system of a performance-based allocation of points for classes of disabilities and has implemented a placement system based exclusively on the measured distances.

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Tough Going For Paralympians

PARALYMPIAN Sheldon Cox made history on Sunday by becoming the first Jamaican athlete to participate in wheelchair racing at an international meet.

Cox was in semi-final three but was unable to match the speed and experience of other competitors and failed to progress to the final.

Introduced to the sport just over two months ago and his training hampered severely by the late arrival of his chair in Doha from Kingston owing to airline delays, Cox’s back was against the wall but he was not discouraged: “I realistically was not expecting a place in the final. I am new to the sport. I know that come next year it will be a different ball game.”

Meanwhile, Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham in the javelin, fell victim, like some other athletes, to the changed judging system of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It has removed from the discus, shot put and javelin competitions the Raza system of a performance-based allocation of points for classes of disabilities, and implemented a placement system based exclusively on the measured distances.

This has proved to be inequitable, particularly where classes of athletes of differing disabilities have been merged as in Cunningham’s case. Cunningham, an F53 athlete in his events, has been pitted against F54 athletes who are physically bigger and stronger and therefore more capable of throwing longer distances. He is consequently at a distinct disadvantage.

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Hudson Progresses to the 400m Final

Paralympian Shane Hudson ran cautiously but somewhat assertively to progress to the final of the T47 400m today when he hopes that the battle he won yesterday will become the prized victory in today’s war.

With sights on a medal, Hudson’s game plan in the semi-final was to test the competition and execute in order to earn a good lane for the final. And he did just that. Running from lane four in the third semi-final, he had an even start but took control at the top of the backstretch and on the home curve and was controlled in the final metres, stopping the clock at 49.53 seconds — the fastest time going into the final.

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Hudson Clips Silver at Paralympic Championships
 
 

JAMAICA’S Shane Hudson captured a silver medal in the Men’s T 47 400 m at the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletics World Championships now under way in Doha.

Hudson ran a personal best 48.89 to finish in second and win Jamaica’s first medal in an ambulant event at the Championships.

“Jamaica has silver from me,” said Hudson after his feast.

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2015 TORONTO PARA PANAMERICAN GAMES RE-LIVED

Cunningham leads six-member team to Para Pan American Games

TRIPLE Olympic gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham will lead a powerful six-member Jamaican Paralympics team to the Para Pan American Games set for Toronto, Canada, from August 7-15.

Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and the lone female competitor Sylvia Grant will join Cunningham, and Head Coach Neville Sinclair is expecting another stellar performance from the team.

“We have six athletes, and I suspect that we will be getting just about the same number of medals as athletes,” Sinclair told the Jamaica Observer at the press conference to announce the team to the games yesterday.

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Jamaica 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.

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Jamaica gets $1-M Parapan Games boost

JAMAICA’s Paralympic team on Saturday got a $1.3 million injection of cash from sponsors Jamaica Beverages through its brand Busta towards their trip to the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 12-20.

The cheque was presented at a small function held at GM Challenger headquarters on Molynes Road in Kingston.

Six athletes and four officials will make the journey to Central America, including Alphonso Campbell who won discus gold and javelin silver at the last Parapan Am Games in Rio 2007. Cunningham, who also holds the Parapan Am record in both, will compete in the F-53 class.

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Parapan Am Games Village Welcome Ceremony

Sean Lee, representative from ParaPan Am Games, leads the Jamaica Paralympic team at the ParaPan Am Games Village Welcome Ceremony for Jamaica in Toronto, Canada, yesterday. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

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Jamaica  flag hoisted  at Toronto Para Pan Games

The grandeur of the national anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.

Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada who bonded with Team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.

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Cunningham targets golden double at Para Pan Games

Jamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) current poster boy, Alphanso Cunningham, thinks it a big honour to represent Jamaica at yet another Paralympics showpiece.

The four-time Para Pan Am medallist says he will be going for glory, records and top honours when the fifth Paralympics Pan American Games get underway from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.

“I am aiming to better what I did at the last Pan Am Games, where I got gold and silver, so I am definitely striving for two gold this time around,” said the current Pan Am record holder in the men’s F52/53 javelin. Read Full Article: Jamaica Gleaner

Like a true Ambassador 

Like a true ambassador, Alphanso Cunningham answered his country’s call, led from the front for Jamaica’s six-member contingent and struck an early gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 Class at the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games. The country’s Paralympic star thrower opened the medal count, yet again: http://bit.ly/1WmfD23

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Hudson wins Para Pan silver medal

The country’s ambitious six-member Paralympic team’s medal hunt is steadily gaining momentum, with three medals bagged, so far, at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games, currently under way in Toronto, Canada.

The medals include one gold and two silver and have, so far, cemented the dream of one medal per member.

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Gold for Tanto Campbell

Tanto Campbell reaped gold in the men’s javelin F56 at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.

Campbell, who is better known in the discus event in which he has earned several medals, had a winning throw of 29.81 metres. Cuba’s Leonardo Diaz was second with 29.06m, while Johnnie Williams of the United States took bronze with 27.32m.

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Paralympic Association aims high
 
January 21, 2014

BY SHERDON COWAN OBSERVER WRITER
Tuesday,

PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Paralympic Association Christopher Samuda has described 2013 as a challenging but creditable year and is hopeful that 2014 will be a fulfilling and historic one for the association.

Samuda who assumed presidency in March 2012 said that despite the challenges the association’s performance was creditable.

“The association has a board with strong and varied professional skills and competencies which facilitate sound policy and decision making and strategic forecasting, planning and execution.

“The administrative staff is committed and continues to create value despite the lack of resources which is a perennial challenge,” he bemoaned.

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Jamaica Paralympic Association visits children at SJGRC
January 2014

The Jamaica Paralympic Association gave the children of the paediatric ward at Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC) a gift more precious than any of the toys they walked with; the gift of time and attention. A day that won’t soon be forgotten, the Association came bearing food, toys and laughter, giving them hope and joy after Christmas, a message that they are cared for and not forgotten.

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Jamaica Para Toronto Federation is formed at Games

“HISTORIC” is how President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) Christopher Samuda has described the move to form a Jamaica Para Toronto Federation, which will inaugurate a drive to incorporate other federations in other major cities around the world.

The announcement was made during a courtesy call, which Team Jamaica at the 2015 Para Pan American Games paid on Jamaica Consul General Lloyd Wilks at the Consulate yesterday.

Wilks endorsed the move and pledged his support and that of the consulate in advancing the interest of the JPA, the paralympic movement in Jamaica and the Diaspora in Canada, particularly Toronto.

President Samuda said that Jamaica Para Toronto Federation is the start and a part of a strategic vision which the JPA has in advancing athlete support and welfare, and signals what he anticipates will be the robust growth of “Jam Paralympism” beyond the shores of Jamaica.

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ATHLETES RECEIVE NATIONAL HONOURS

 
Nine sports personalities receive National Honours and awards

GLEN Mills, head coach of Racers Track Club, headlined nine Jamaican sports personalities who were appointed to the Orders of the Societies of Honour and awarded the Badge of Honour with effect from yesterday’s Independence Day.

Mills, already the holder of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), was bestowed with the country’s fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for his outstanding contribution to track and field through coaching Jamaican athletes, one of whom is the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

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Athletes receive OD
 

Alphanso Cunningham, Tanto Campbell and Sylvia Grant received the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class yesterday October 20 at Kings House. Also a member of the board of the JPA Director Randolph Jones received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service for his invaluable contribution to Civil Aviation in Air Traffic Services.  The JPA would …

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Cauldron Petal gift unveiled at NMIA

The Jamaica Paralympic Association unveiled a cauldron petal gift from the 2012 London Paralympic Games at the Norman Manley Inter-national Airport (NMIA) departure lounge on Friday.

The cauldron petal symbolises the warmth and friendship among the 164 nations that participated at the Paralympic Games two years ago.

“Indeed, you will recall that in 2012 our Paralympians were celebrated in the very same light as their counterparts who had participated weeks earlier at the Olympic Games. Their prizes and awards were exactly the same,” Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, said during her keynote address.

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Paralympic success marks a victory for the human spirit-Samuda

THE Jamaica Paralympic Association continued to celebrate its success on the world stage by unveiling the symbolic Cauldron Petal which was presented to the local body at the 2012 Games in London.

The association president Christopher Samuda, beaming with pride, said the occasion marked a victory for the “human spirit” over challenges and adversity.

“The Jamaica Paralympic Association is very aggressive in terms of promoting the human spirit which is often neglected in sport,” he said during yesterday’s ceremony held in the departure lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport.

The cauldron for the London 2012 Paralympic Games was prepared by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. It is meant to connect all the nations and was built with 164 petals — one petal to represent each of the competing nations. On arriving in London, each national team was presented with an inscribed petal. The lit petal represents the positive values associated with fire.

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KEYS FOR SYLVIA GRANT

Great for Grant-Paralympian overjoyed at getting keys to the city

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

Her achievements on the international stage give the lie to her slight structure and her physical disability.  Abandoned by her parents at the Port Antonio Hospital at birth after they discovered that she was born with a physical disability, Sylvia Grant has emerged as one of Jamaica’s most decorated athletes.

Despite being unable to walk, Grant has accomplished feats that many can only dream of.

Now 50 years old, Grant is the most decorated Jamaican female Paralympian and has amassed more than 50 medals and trophies through taking part in the discus and javelin throw for almost 25 years.

This has not gone unnoticed and last Tuesday she was brimming with pride after receiving the Keys to the City of Kingston from Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke.

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COURTNEY WALSH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

2013 Courtney Walsh awards for excellence recipients to be announced Wednesday

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Four sports practitioners will on Wednesday know which one of them is the 2013 recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at a ceremony scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, starting at 6:30 pm.

Shortlisted are former cricketer and West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president, Wavell Hinds; Olympian, Michael Frater; netballer, Nadine Bryan; and Paralympian, Alphanso Cunningham.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is guest speaker at the ceremony.

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Ambassador scores again

Paralympian Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham was recently in distinguished company as a nominee for the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. Renowned Olympian Michael Frater, internationally acclaimed and retired West Indian cricketer and local heroine and netballer, Nadine Bryan, were the other short listed nominees.

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JPA AT REGIONAL WORKSHOP

Randy Jones for  NOC/NPC workshop in US Virgin Island

The Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, will be the venue of a workshop from November 6 – 9 for Caribbean National Paralympic Committees and Olympic Committees as they seek to establish synergies and collaborative approaches for their mutual benefit.

The Jamaica Paralympic fraternity will be represented by the Jamaica Paralympic Association’s Director Randy Jones, who leaves the island today.

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CUNNINGHAM SUPPORTS DIGICEL

Cunningham throws support behind Digicel 5k Run /Walk

Paralympic champion Alphanso Cunningham has joined the rapidly growing list of people who have pledged their support to the second edition of the Digicel Foundation 5K Night Run/Walk in downtown Kingston next weekend.

Cunningham, the many-time gold medallist and record holder in the Paralympic javelin and discus events, has hailed the telecommunication’s giant’s initiative, which will see the company donate proceeds from the event to 12 special-needs schools and organisations, as a meaningful one.

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2013 IPC LYON ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RE-LIVED

 

Paralympic brace for IPC World Champs

THE Jamaica Paralympic dream team is expected to field a strong contingent at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships to be staged July 15-30 in Lyon, France.

Preparation of the athletes is currently taking place under the watchful eyes of coaches Neville Sinclair and Jefferson Davis, with the paralympians working out at the upgraded gym facilities at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, which has been facilitated, in part, by a contribution made by the Usain Bolt Foundation.

Jamaica’s medals at the IPC World Championships in July are expected to come from Alphanso Cunningham in the men’s F52/53 discus and javelin; Tanto Campbell in the men’s F55/56 discus; Shane Hudson in the men’s T46 400 m and Javon Campbell in the men’s T46 100 m and 200 m, if the Jamaica Paralympic Association is successful in its bid to have Javon’s classification case reviewed.

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Paralympic Athletes for UTech Track and Feild Classic
March 2013

UNIVERSITY of Technology (UTech) acting director of sport Laurence Garriques believes the sixth UTech Track and Field Classic set for April 13 at the National Stadium could be the biggest yet.

Garriques, speaking to the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday, said the inclusion of preparatory, primary and high schools, as well as Paralympic athletes will complement the string of inter-collegiate and club competitors.

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JAMAICA’S PARALYMPIANS ON TARGET FOR LYON

Jamaica’s Paralympic team to the IPC’s Athletics World Championships is in the final stages of preparation for what is expected to be a successful campaign in Lyon, France, later this month.

Alphanso ‘The Ambassador’ Cunningham, Jamaica’s celebrated Paralympian, will lead the medal hunt and is expected to mine gold in both the F53/53 javelin and discus.

“He’s in a world record-breaking mode for the javelin,” stated coach Neville Sinclair, with quiet confidence and national pride.

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Jamaica  Greets Lyon

A long and somewhat tiring journey across the Atlantic and then southerly over the English channel to the revered wine city of Lyon in France, could not eclipse the smiles on the faces of team Jamaica when they arrived at the international airport and were greeted by a hospitality group.

A journey ended on British Airways but another beginning in Lyon in search of gold medals and regional and world records.

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Tanto misses Bronze, Shane and David stumbles

The first day of competition in track and field at the IPC’s Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, was somewhat disappointing for Jamaica.

Tanto “The Emperor” Campbell went into the thrower’s ring at 5:25 pm French time for the first round and with quiet confidence knowing that he had a job to do in the Discus F54-56 class.

All medals won over the years were just that: history. The time is now in Lyon and the world was looking at the present with only nostalgic memories of the past.

He hurled a personal best of 41.71m and went into the final round in third position but was unable to better his PB and maintain his bronze medal position in the final round. With the merger of classes over the last three years, Tanto, though performing at his best at the last Paralympics in London and now in Lyon, has missed out on coveted medals which would have been in his cabinet had it not been for the recent mergers of classes of persons with lesser disability to which different competition rules apply.

Shane Hudson and David Bascoe took to the 200m T45/46/47 semi-finals under a late Lyon sun which, unlike ours, was in full flight at 6:00pm French time with no suggestion of its setting.

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3 Jamaicans bow into action at Paralympics

TEAM captain Tanto Campbell will be the first Jamaican athlete to bow into action at the IPC Athletics World Championships at the Rhune Stadium in Venissieux, Lyon, France, when he enters the discus ring at 3:32 pm France time (8:32 am local time) today.

He will be followed by Shane Hudson and David Bascoe in the 200m T45/46/47 semi-finals, which will start at 5:52 pm (10:52 am Jamaica time). David Bascoe will be in semi-final one and Shane Hudson will be in semi-final two.

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Hudson and Bascoe through to T46/47M Final

The morning sun distilled its Thursday rays on the Stade du Rhone where Shane Hudson and David Bascoe, semi-finalists in the T46/47 400m, contemplated their future.

The experience was not foreign for Hudson. Two years ago, in Guadalajara Mexico at the Para Pan American Games, he went through a similar thought process in the semi-finals and and then the finals where he won the coveted silver medal having yielded the gold, by celebrating too early, to a Venezuelan athlete on the line. For Bascoe, the experience was entirely new but not daunting.

Hudson went in semi-final one and it was business as usual. He pressured the first 150m, relaxed for the next 100m, executed the ensuing 100m and then for the final 50m he measuredly “shut it down” crossing the line in 49.74.

Bascoe ran purposefully in the second semi-final and only took his foot off the pedal around the 200m bend. He completed the one lap in third place in 52.09 behind Austria’s Paralympic champion, Gunther Matzinger, who stopped the clock at 49.60.

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Hudson make progress to IPC Athletics World Championships

Determined to right the wrongs of two years ago, quarter-miler Shane Hudson produced a personal best performance to reach the final of the Men’s T-47 400 metres on Thursday’s opening day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Two years ago in France, Hudson arrived late to the call room for the final of the event and was scratched.

But, this time, the Para Pan Am silver medallist was on time for qualifying, winning his heat in 49.15 seconds.

No such luck for team-mate David Bascoe who failed to advance following a fourth place finish in his heat with 51.64 seconds.

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Resting in Lyon

The heat in Lyon while not unbearable to a team accustomed to tropical temperatures, nevertheless made Tuesday a welcomed rest day for Team Jamaica.

It was an opportunity to cool out, reflect, take stock and regroup with greater purpose. Breakfast was yet again social with a menu of impressions of Lyon – a new environment for all which becomes historical with the passage of each day.

The cuisine shas been met with expressions “Bwoy, mi love mi Jamaican food” but more in a nostalgic sense rather in a derogatory manner for the plates, after each repast, are often pristine clean as when they first came out of the kitchen to the buffet line to which second and third visits are not uncommon.

Teasing, an integral part of the tradition of Jamaican camaraderie, is evident and laughter, more often created by His Excellency Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham, has more to do with team unity than self-praise.

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Jamaica hunt more medals at IPC Champs

Shane Hudson and David Bascoe advanced to the final of the men’s T46/47 400m after securing their places from semi-final action at the IPC Athletics World Championships at the Stade du Rhone outside Lyon, France, yesterday.

The morning sun distilled its Thursday rays on the venue where Hudson and Bascoe, semi-finalists in the T46/47 400m, contemplated their future.

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Cunningham gets Gold with World-Record Throw

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Alphanso Cunningham hit world-record form yesterday to capture Jamaica’s first gold medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

The 32-year-old Cunningham won the F52-54 javelin final with a throw of 24.30 metres to claim the country’s second medal to date.

Cunningham placed the disappointment of finishing fourth in the men’s discus final behind him to break the previous javelin world record three times on his way to gold. He established a new record, first with a throw of 22.13m, then with 22.71m and finally with 24.30m.

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Cunningham misses medal at Paralympic world Championship

Alphanso Cunningham came close to open Jamaica’s medal tally at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyons, France after a fourth place finish in the men’s discus final yesterday.
Cunningham had a season-best 26.38 metres for 963 points in the F52-53 category.
Mohamed Berrahal of Algeria won the gold medal with a world record effort of 13.16 metres for 1163 points.

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Sylvia ‘Silvers’

It was late on Wednesday that Jamaica won its first medal at the IPC’s Athletics World Championships now underway in Lyon France and Sylvia Cunningham delivered it in the women’s F57/58 discus competition.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Neville Sinclair, Sylvia, the Americas record holder, went into the ring well prepared and focused. She threw 19.85m for the silver with the gold going to Safia Djelal from Algeria with 30,53 and the bronze to CeCe Mazyck with 19.83m.

“One down, another to go and I’m going with the flow” said a confident Sylvia who moves onto her pet event, the discus competition on Saturday.

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The Ambassador Enters The  Arena

Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham will start his campaign today in the F51/52/53 Men’s discus at 9:45am in Lyon, 2:45am local time.

He carries on his capable shoulder the hopes of a nation which he continues to inspire with his golden performances. Training has been going well according to head coach, Neville Sinclair, who said: “Alphanso is prepared. He is conditioned and Jamaica will be pleased.”

The discus event will be the first of two events for Cunningham who will be competing in his signal event the F51/52/53 Men’s Javelin later this week. In London last year, he reigned supremely and won the gold in this event.

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Classification denies Alphanso

Despite vigorous protests made by Jamaica and India regarding the classification of two athletes from Algeria and Tunisia who were awarded the gold and silver medals respectively in the men’s F51/52/53 discus, Alphanso Cunningham was denied a medal and officially declared in fourth position.

Jamaica and India had lodged protests asserting that the Algerian athlete should have been classified in a stronger higher class – Class 52 – as he demonstrated sufficient strength and movement of the fingers of both hands and balance of the trunk so as to exclude him from Class 51. Alliedly, the Tunisian athlete demonstrated similar strength and movement and, in addition, was somewhat ambulant which necessarily and also disqualifies him from class 51 and places him in Class 52.

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No medal for Tanto Campbell at IPC World Championships

Tanto Campbell failed in his bid to win Jamaica’s first medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyons, France yesterday.
Campbell recorded a personal-best throw of 41.71 metres but the effort placed him fourth in the F54-F56 Men’s Discus Throw Final.

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Sylvia is rewarded
 

The RJR Foundation recognised Paralympian Sylvia Grant’s achievements with a special award at its recently held National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award Ceremony. Sylvia has had the distinction of representing Jamaica on several occasions at paralympic international competitions and is the Americas regional record holder for the Women’s F52/53 Javelin. She is, therefore, …

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The RJR Foundation recognised Paralympian Sylvia Grant’s achievements with a special award at its recently held National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award Ceremony. Sylvia has had the distinction of representing Jamaica on several occasions at paralympic international competitions and is the Americas regional record holder for the Women’s F52/53 Javelin. She is, therefore, …

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CHEERS TO THE CHAIRMAN

The Ambassador is Chairman!

Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham, more known to his friends as “the Ambassador”, copped the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the recent RJR”s Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony. The Ambassador now has the credentials of Chairman and his achievement is all the more impressive as he topped well-decorated Olympians and Paralympians to …

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“AMBASSADOR ” CUNNINGHAM DELIGHTED

 
Cunningham Delighted with being Digicel Ambassador

JAMAICA’S two-time Paralympian gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham is delighted that his hard work has finally paid off after being named an Ambassador for telecommunications giant Digicel.

Cunningham, who won gold in the discus at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and javelin gold at the London 2012 Olympics, will rub shoulders with Usain Bolt and Christopher Gayle in representing Digicel.

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ALPHANSO “COMMONWEALTH”

 
Jamaica’s Cunningham name most Outstanding male with disability at Commonwealth Awards

November 2 – Alphanso Cunningham, the Jamaican Paralympian who took gold in the F52/53 javelin at London 2012, has been named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disability at the Commonwealth Sports Awards gala.

As well as his gold medal-winning throw of 21.84 metres at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, Cunningham (pictured top) also finished fourth in the F51/52/53 discus with 24.85m.

In addition, the 32-year-old won discus gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, and secured podium finishes in the event at both the 2003 and 2007 Parapan American Games.

During the London 2012 Games, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson was keen to sing Cunningham’s praises and told reporters of how he has shown others that disability is not an obstacle to success.

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Jamaica’s Cunningham Receives Prestigious Award
“Cunningham had a top throw of 21.84m at the Olympic Stadium in London to win Paralympic gold this summer”.

Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham, a gold medallist in the javelin F52/53 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, was recognised as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disabililty at the Commonwealth Sports Awards gala.

Cunningham had a top throw of 21.84m at the Olympic Stadium in London to win Paralympic gold this summer, in addition to finishing fourth in the discus F51/52/53 with a throw of 24.85m.

The 32-year-old previously won a discus gold at the Athens 2004 Games and finished atop the podium in the event at both the 2003 and 2007 editions of the Parapan American Games.

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Cunningham bags Commonwealth Sport Award

Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham has been recognised as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete with Disability at the prestigious Commonwealth Sports Awards, held last weekend at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad & Tobago.

Cunningham was the gold medal winner in F52/53 javelin competition at the Paralympic Games in London.

He is a multiple medallist at international championships, having also won gold medals in javelin at the 2003 Para Pan American Games in Argentina and the 2010 USA Americas Cup.

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