The Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is set to launch three new projects to attract more people with disabilities to Parasport in the country.

The announcement coincided with Paralympic Day and saw the unveiling of Paralympic Connect, Paralympic Inspire, and Paralympic Care by the JPA.

“All of those three activations are going to be humanitarian,” JPA President Christopher Samuda said, as reported by the Jamaica Observer.

“We are going to increase the profile of the Paralympic movement in Jamaica and also regionally.

“It will establish us as an advocate for Paralympism on the world stage.”

Paralympic Connect will be a motivational session with social media personalities Wayne and Tami Mitchell interacting with Para athletes in attendance and is due to take place at Olympic Manor at the Jamaica Olympic Association Headquarters.

Paralympic Inspire involves athletes sharing their experiences with a regional audience, with the intention of creating a culture that benefits the Paralympic Movement.

For Paralympic Care, the JPA will visit communities to spread Paralympic values to marginalised and disabled people.

Sir Patrick Allen, governor general of Jamaica, praised the country’s Paralympians and the JPA during a Paralympic Day celebration at the King’s House Ballroom.

“I join the President of the Paralympic Association of Jamaica and urge everyone’s support of this institution, if I may put it that way,” said Sir Patrick, as reported by Jamaica Gleaner.

“Our athletes have performed under very difficult circumstances.

“Very courageous and relentless in their efforts to do well, to be self-actualised, and to demonstrate the strength of the Jamaican people as they go worldwide.”

Jamaica made its Summer Paralympic Games debut at the 1968 games in Tel Aviv and has been to all but one edition since, missing Toronto 1976.

In that time, the country has won 20 gold, 16 silver, and 18 bronze medals putting it 46th in the all-time standings.

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