Three for Paralympics
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 Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18.
The announcement was made at a press conference 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 metre silver medallist at last year's world championship will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold.
Weller who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.
based on training
Coach of the team, Neville Sinclair, expects all three athletes to at least be on the medal podium.
"Dana-Gaye should be in the final and once she is in the final we will take it from there. Shane should be on the medal podium and based on training and his times he should get no less than the gold but at worse he should finish with a silver," he said.
"Alphonso is the veteran he has had some hiccups but he should do himself proud and I expect him to do well in the shot-put and be on the podium ... so what they have been doing in training for the past months they are going to show it at the games," he said.
The rest of the delegation includes Javon Campbell (Chef de mission), Lincoln Cox (team doctor), Edmund Jones (Paralympic attache), Ann Marie Smith (Administrative personnel), Rushane Sterling (Massage therapist), Kevin Brown (Web master), Christopher Samuda (president) and Suzanne Harris-Henry (general secretary).