CUs support Ja’s Para PanAm Games team
Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007
|COK’s general manager Brenda Cuthbert (left) and JPS Credit Union’s Joydene Jarrett talk with Para Pan American Games team member Tanto Campbell, coach Errol Williams and assistant coach Neville Sinclair at yesterday’s press conference. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)|
JAMAICA will field long jumpers for the first time at the 3rd Para Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 12-19.
First-timers Bryan Ingram and Toto Campbell will compete in the long jump, joining the seven other team members including Campbell’s brother Tanto, the world record-holder in the F56 class discus.
Campbell set the mark of 39.08m at the 2006 IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, Netherlands.
Paralympics and Para Pan Am Games discus champion Alphanso Cunningham, Leroy Cole, Kevon Reid, Vinnette Green, Sylvia Grant and Coleen Morrison will be accompanied by chef de mission Suzanne Harris-Henry, coach Errol Williams, assistant coach Neville Sinclair, team doctor Rory Dixon and support personnel Rose Clarke-Williams.
The Jamaicans will also compete in the shot put and javelin at the Games, which are the final qualifying event for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.
Coach Neville Sinclair said he is expecting no less than two gold medals from these championships.
“The countries that are usually at the big games won’t be there and looking at figures and facts, our athletes are way above the marks, so I think it will be done,” he told the Sunday Observer.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League have pitched in to help send the delegation to Brazil after the association suffered a shortfall in its over $1-million budget.
The deficit of approximately $140,000 came about from the need to re-route several team members who did not have visas to travel to South America via the United States.
This is the first time the Para Pan Am Games will be held in the same city, and immediately following the Pan American Games. The 15th edition of that event ended in Rio on July 29. Jamaica won four medals (two gold, two silver) at the last Para Pan Am Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2003.
The team will leave on Tuesday and return on August 22.
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