Samuda expects three gold from Para athletes in London
President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association Christopher Samuda said he expects the country's athletes to win three gold medals at this year's World Para Athletics Championships in London from today through July 23.
The Jamaican team, which will be led by Alphanso Cunningham, is set to compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, javelin, shot put and discus.
The veteran Cunningham will participate in javelin and shot put.
The other members of Jamaica's team are Shane Hudson (200m, 400m), Sylvia Grant (discus), Santana Campbell (javelin, shot put), Chadwick Campbell (100m, 200m), Jason Brown (100m), Tevaughn Thomas (100m) and Dana-Gaye Weller in the club throw.
Samuda, who is also the president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, said the Jamaican team is very rounded and therefore he is expecting a good performance from them at the championships.
"I expect us to win three gold medals and there will be other medals contenders," said Samuda. "The commitment that they have display is phenomenal because we in the Paralympics movement, we don't have it easy," he said.
"We have challenges not only financially but otherwise and for our athletes to perform consistently well over the years with facilities that are not readily facilitating their performance is admirable," Samuda said.
He added that despite the challenges that the team faced in its buildup to the championships, the athletes are in high spirits ahead of the start of the championships.
"I expect them to demonstrate that quality and rise above the challenges and perform well at the championships," Samuda said.
"I think despite the challenges I am expecting a good showing from the team because that is Paralympic spirit. We are faced with a lot of challenges, but we rise above the challenges and we know when we must do our best," Samuda noted.