World Para Athletics Junior Championships – Nottwil 2017

August 6, 2017

Nottwil Sleeps…










         Joshua Pinnock                             Tyandre Tavares                            Moesha Pinnock        

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 Pinnock, Moesha 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.

Follow the progress of the team on and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account (jamaicaparalympic).

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August 5, 2017

Rear day of no medals for Jamaica

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).

Follow the progress of the team on and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account (jamaicaparalympic).

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August 4, 2017

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.

Follow the progress of the team on and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account (jamaicaparalympic).

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August 3, 2017

Bronze for Jamaica!

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 Morris

Earlier 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 and on the Jamaica Paralympic Association Instagram account.


August 02, 2017

Jamaica’s Junior Para Athletics Team Arrives in Nottwil, Switzerland

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). Follow the progress of the team in this web space and on the Jamaica Paralympic AssociationTwitter account. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

July 31, 2017

Jamaica’s Tevaughn Thomas wants to emulate his hero Usain Bolt by becoming junior world champion.

Tevaughn Thomas and Usain Bolt© • Getty Images By IPC

Jamaican sprinter Tevaughn Thomas is excited about competing at Nottwil 2017, from 3-6 August, which he believes is a unique opportunity to win the world junior title and emulate what his hero Usain Bolt achieved 15 years ago.

The 18-year-old will run the men’s 100m and 200m T42T47 – Junior (U20) next week on the Swiss track. “Usain Bolt is a role model of commitment, dedication, perseverance and good interpersonal skills,” said Thomas. “I would like to win the world title like he did in order to become an inspiration for other youth athletes who strive to do their best in sports.”

“I think the Junior Worlds will be an inspiring competition. The friendship among the youths of the world can only be good for greater understanding of each other.”

Thomas made his international debut two years ago, when he competed at the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Earlier in 2017 he delivered his best performance so far by taking silver in the men’s 100m T46 at the Youth Parapans in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now, he wants to take another leap forward at his maiden Junior Worlds. “I aim to do my very best, represent my country with pride and dignity and achieve a medal,” he said. But Thomas believes Nottwil 2017 will be important, not just on the sporting level, but also beyond the competitive field. “I think the Junior Worlds will be an inspiring competition. The friendship among the youths of the world can only be good for greater understanding of each other. Nottwil 2017 will bring us athletes closer together.” Tevaughn is still fresh from participating in the London 2017 World Championships, where he ended tenth in the men’s 100m T47. “London 2017 was enjoyable but I missed the medal presentations and playing of the national anthems in the stadium. That is an important part of the spirit of an event,” he said. “I still had a good performance but would prefer to have done a personal best in the 100m, which would have made me competitive for the final.” More information can be found on Nottwil 2017’s website. From

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