Ann Marie Smith has been a Sport Administrator for over ten (10) years and has garnered significant experience in operational matters and the management of games from registration of athletes and officials to the execution of protocols involving medal podium appearances, treatment of dignitaries and international relations.
Working with the Paralympic movement has given Ann Marie an opportunity to demonstrate her people skills and volunteerism which had their beginnings as while in high school where she committed herself to humanitarian causes.
She is the administrative engine of the local movement, is a household name with internal stakeholders and has established strong relations for the Association with overseas partners.
Ann Marie has facilitated and organized several workshops on corporate governance, sport administration and sport branding and marketing in providing capacity building and institutional strengthening for the local Paralympic movement.
Dr Carol Long
Dr. Carol Long is the very embodiment of calmness and fortitude of spirit, empathetic thinking, diagnostic intelligence and optimism, critical attributes that allow
her to motivate and inspire para-athletes to do better than their best.
But then, Carol, having been schooled in psychology, understands attitudinal and behavioral science so well and complements that natural expertise with a personality that endears her and gives confidence to athletes.
But apart from her understanding of the human mind and action, Carol knows the sport inside out with an Executive Masters in Sports Administration, a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, a Teachers’ Diploma and tremendous experience as a Lecturer in Physical Education and certification as a Technical Official and Lecturer in triathlon and track and field respectively.
Mentorship has always been her passion and forte, a predilection she undoubtedly acquired in scholastic training in Early Childhood Education which propelled her to earn a Master’s in that field.
Taekwondo para-athlete, Shauna-Kay Hines, is a product of Carol’s commitment and work which she executes with seamless professionalism.
Dr Leroy Harrison
Dr. Leroy Harrison is a revered household name in local Paralympic circles where his humanitarian expressions complement seamlessly his professional expertise and experience. When not engaged in Paralympic pursuits, he is committed to health and wellness as one of Jamaica’s respected Urologists. He heads the Urology Department at the Kingston Public Hospital where many current practitioners of medicine and nursing and health care service providers have benefited from his learning and guidance.
His credentials as a specialist as well as his professional advocacy are formidable but he never wars them on his sleeves for that’s just his DNA. What is acknowledged, is that they are only surpassed by his integrity, faith and generosity of spirit.
A respected Physician, he continues to share his knowledge in various academic, corporate and business fora in fulfilling a personal
mandate – to inform and educate A father to Team Jamaica, he is a veteran traveller with our various delegations to regional and international games answering every call and going beyond the call of duty.
Dr St John
Shari, a respected Medical Practitioner, is driven to serve the people of Jamaica in the field of medicine by
gaining as much technical and clinical hands on training and exposure as possible in the public and private health sectors.
Her passion and genuine enthusiasm for the clinical specialties of Sports and Exercise Medicine and Sports Nutrition, make her an asset to the sporting fraternity and in particular the Paralympic movement.
Her working experience at the Spanish Town Hospital, Comprehensive Medical Centre, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre and Hope Institute in Jamaica has broaden and deepened her expertise in clinical care, palliative rehabilitation and trauma management as well as her commitment to human health, wellness and welfare.
Co-author of the work “Attitudes of Jamaican women towards Cervical Cancer Screening – (UWI 2012 and author of “Attitudes and Perceptions of persons with Spinal Cord Injuries
toward becoming Para-Athletes: A Jamaican Perspective” (UWI 2020), Shari, in her academic career, has been on the Honour Roll and the recipient of awards for academic excellence which mirror her sporting accomplishments on several occasions as Victrix Ludorum, cross harbour (open water) champion, team captain and coach in the sport of swimming and in water polo as a scholastic and collegiate team athlete.
Her love for the seas extends to sailing and yachting which have captivated her to the extent that she has pursued courses and training in both sports and hopes that, in the future, she will become an accomplished sailor.
A distinguished graduate of the revered secondary Cumbermere School in Barbados, her leadership skills were from then developed and are now demonstrative in her profession and sporting career.
Gifted in ballet under the aegis of the Royal Academy of Ballet and a pianist with credentials from the Associated Board of the Royal School,Shari remains a true Paralympic spirit of service to mankind.
Dr. Jason Scott Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton has worked extensively with elite athletes over the course of the past sixteen (16) years. These work experiences have resulted in his planning and executing the following successful sports psychology programmes/ interactions:
- The West Indies senior men’s cricket team ahead of their winning campaigns at the 2012 and 2016 ICC T20 World Cups
- The Harbour View FC ahead of and during their championship seasons in the Jamaica Premier League in 2006/07; 2009/10; and 2012/13.
- The Jamaica College football team (many time Manning Cup Champions)
- DannellLeyva, Olympic medal-winning gymnast in 2012 (bronze) and 2016 (silver). Also US National Champion in 2011 and World Champion (parallel bars) in the same year
- Seven (7) consecutive championship-winning years with an elite soccer team in Florida
His unique style of communicating and relating to athletes – utilizing a combination of empathy, humor and encouragement underpinned by academic knowledge and personal experience – has definitely helped to produce the above-mentioned (and many other) successes.
Neville Sinclair, OD
Neville has been involved in coaching paralympic events such as track and field, table tennis and wheelchair basketball as far back as 1984 but it was in 2003 that he commenced seriously to pursue it. His expertise and commitment to our athletes have guided many to medal performances.
In early 2016. Neville was appointed the Sport Manager by the Board of Directors in recognition of his competence, outstanding performance and unwavering dedication He will now oversee all Paralympic sports.
Para-Olympic, Atlanta, USA
Gold – Discus
Pan American Games. Mexico
Gold – Discus
Paralympic, Sydney, Australia
Placed 5th in Discus Final
World Games, France
Placed sixth in Discus Final
Dr. Rani Sittol
In the heart of volunteerism, you will find Rani Sittol and at the centre of service to fellowmen he remains seated comfortably and without fanfare.
A Medical Doctor by profession, his first baptism in the Paralympic movement was in 2017 as the team doctor at the Nottwil Para Youth Athletics Championships when and where he fathered our young gladiators in ensuring their health and well-being for competition and medal achievement.
Ask him why he serves and he will tell you that it is in his DNA. Ask him why he serves the Paralympic movement and he will educate you as to the humanity of service, the inspiration of witnessing para-athletes achieve, and the certain knowledge that disabilities are merely abilities in overcoming perceived challenges.
Rani is currently “on leave” from the movement and is a Resident Physician at Englewood Hospital Medical Centre, New Jersey, in the United States while using post-graduate training in internal medicine.
Fitz Coleman resides in the hallowed category of coaching greats in track and field in Jamaica. With a distinguished professional career of over thirty-five years during which time he was schooled at the University of Johannes Gutenberg, Germany,and Church Teachers’ College, Jamaica, and attained the IAAF Level V (Puerto Rico) certification, the highest level in catching education in track and field, Fitz has nurtured and actualized so many of Jamaica’s top athletes.
He has served in the capacity of Technical Director and Head Coach of the High Performance Training Center in Kingston,Jamaica, an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) recognized body with responsibility for training Jamaican athletes and also for national athletic teams to international games. An indefatigable educator, he continues to be an expert adviser and a noted speaker on the sport in the Caribbean and Europe and has to his credit an online manuscript on ‘Jamaica athletics – “A perspective on Jamaica’s Olympic Achievements from 1948-2008” (http://www.iaaf-rdc.ru/eng/news/081215/fitz_coleman.pdf).
For his work in track and field, Fitz has been the recipient of several accolades and awards which include the Jamaica Sports Foundation, Jamaica Gleaner Person of the Year award in 2006 for recognition of outstanding contribution to sports in Jamaica and the Inter- Secondary School Sports Association (ISAA) Award for his contribution to the Boys and Girls Athletics Championships in 2009.
Coaching paraathletes has given Fitz a some what new but not an unfamiliar dimension to his coaching life as he is a consummate Educator on and off the field of play which allows him to inspire any talent to do the best. Guided by principle and values and driven by his personal creed of excellence, Fitz pursues the Paralympic and Olympic dream as a coach, mentor, motivator and an achiever.
Steven Moore, a lover of the martial arts has been an active part of the growth and development of judo in the island of Jamaica since its introduction in 2018. He serves in the capacity of Coach: Para-Judo with the Jamaica Judo Association. Since then he’s worked assiduously with the country’s first Para-Judo athlete, Theador Subba, in his bid to realize his Paralympic dream at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Rushane Sterling, a committed and exemplary professional who continues to give of himself as a Massage Therapist to
several of Jamaica’s athletes in the Paralympic and Olympic movements.
A graduate of the revered The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports where he obtained accreditation in massage therapy, Rushane has earned his spurs in his profession but continues to equip himself with knowledge
He has given national service on several occasions as part of Jamaica’steams to international games including IPC’s Paralympic Games and World Para Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games, World University Games and the Penn Relays.
Selfless in imparting knowledge and using his skills for the benefit of others,Rushanne not only works on Jamaican athletes but has also given assistance to regional athletes in training and at games.
An exceptional volunteer, Rushanne embodies the Paralympic Spirit of going beyond the incredible in serving athletes.
Sandra Szogedi is the Secretary General of the Jamaica Judo Federation and the Head Coach for the sport of Judo in Jamaica.
A former gymnastic champion for Hungary, Szandra made the transition to Judo so seamless, while residing in Ghana, in becoming the first female athlete to represent that country at an Olympic Games which she achieved at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
She has competed in several international competitions including the Commonwealth Games and has many achievements; and in the last two years, she has dedicated her time and efforts in the sport to coaching talent which she hopes to transition to the Paralympic and Olympic stage where her dream was realized.
Kurt Schmick is Jamaica’s national coach for the sport of fencing and has responsibility for both the Paralympic and
He has several years of Foil Fencing from Carleton University in Ottawa in Canada, where he studied, and at Excalibur fencing club where he trained with foilists under national head coach Manuel Guittet and Paul Apsimon.
A dedicated and competent coach, Kurt has been selected for several courses notably the Continental course for Foil Fencing, hosted by the Pan-Americana Sport Organisation (PASO) / Organización Deportiva Pan-American a (ODEPA) in Guatemala in 2019 which was attended by other Pan-American professionals from Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Jamaica, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Cuba, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Panama.
He now devotes his time and expertise in honing young talent for a berth on the biggest stages and in global sports.