Corporate Jamaica has put its monetary muscle behind that country’s differently able athletes.
The country’s paralympians got a tremendous sponsorship boost for the London Olympics when Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited donated $2.1 million to their cause.
The six-member team which will leave on August 9 for a training camp in Bedfordshire, England, was greeted yesterday by Dennis Valdez, managing director of Newport, and Natalie Neita-Headley, Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Sports, at the John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew.
“This morning I am a very proud man, yet very humble because Newport has been given the privilege of being main sponsor for Jamaica’s team to the London Paralympics Games,” Valdez said.
“I am proud because when I look at the rich history of the Paralympics movement and our great performances over the years and we stand as a sponsor in the company of great men and women who made personal sacrifices for the glory of Jamaica, land we love,” said Valdez.
The Paralympic Games will start on August 29 and end September 9, and the Jamaicans will be in camp at Bedfordshire from August 9-22 before leaving for the Olympic Village.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jamaica won one bronze medal, courtesy of Tanto Campbell in the discus event, and he will be there once again, along with Sylvia Grant (F-57 Javelin); Alphonso Cunningham (F 53 discus and javelin); Jevaughn Campbell (T-46 100m & 200m); Shane Hudson (T-46 200m & 400m) and Toni Greaves (F-54 javelin).