Para-Taekwondo athlete to the Paralympic Games Shauna-Kay Hines was left gushing about her experience on her return to the island from Tokyo, Japan, on Monday.
Mr Christopher Samuda, the JOA president, is reported as saying that the headquarters, which will retain its name, Olympic Manor, “will be foremost a family home for members, but, importantly, it will be a centre… where the collective vision will drive a unified mission for sport and sport development”.
For the Jamaica Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA), they now have that champion feeling because they were able to have the country represented at the 2021 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness’ 48th Central American and Caribbean Championships, which went down at mid-August in El Salvador’s capital with a similar name, San Salvador.
Jamaica’s Alb erto Campbell will start his quest for a medal this morning (Jamaica time) when he lines up in the first heat of the men’s T20 400m at the Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
Campbell, who is one of two track and field athletes in the delegation, switched his allegiance from Australia where he also holds citizenship after he migrated there as a child.
The other track and field athlete, Sylvia Grant, finished 10th in the F57 women’s discus throw on Friday with a season’s best throw of 23.12m.
Campbell, who has a personal best 49.44 seconds time, ran a best of 51.32 seconds so far this year and will hope to finish in the top three to secure automatic qualification to the final round.
France’s Charles-Antoine comes into the race with the best time this year after running is personal best 48.64 seconds, just ahead of Spain’s Deliber Rodriquez Ramirez, who ran 48.98 seconds.
On Saturday night, Jamaica time, Theodor Subba lost both of his fights in his debut in the men’s +100kg judo, both to more experienced opponents at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
In the first round he lost to Iran’s Kheirollahzadeh Mohammadreza, a former Para World Champion in Portugal in 2018 and who was also second at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, the same year.
Mohammadreza, who went on to win the gold medal, won by a 10-0 scoreline and Subba, who advanced to the repêchage also lost to Azerbaijan’s four-time Paralympian and former World and European Champion Iiham Zakiyev by the same score.
There was an awful lot of fear surrounding the hosting of the Games of 32nd Olympiad, even after a one-year delay, but at the close of the 17-day event, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda has hailed the organisers for delivering a safe and secured Olympics.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tokyo 2020 Olympic medallists and their coaches will benefit from a $41 million “Olympic Rewards Programme” courtesy of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and two of its key sponsorship partners, Supreme Ventures Limited through the Supreme Ventures Foundation and Mayberry Investments.
President Tricia Robinson says Netball Jamaica (NJ) has been approached by persons within the diaspora who would like to assist the association by hosting a fundraiser to purchase a new team bus.
The Jamaica Paralympic Association continues to write history in the annals of the Paralympic movement with the berth of the sports of judo and taekwondo at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Theador Subba, the Lima 2019 Para Pan American judo bronze medallist in the over 100kg category, will go on the mat in Tokyo with hopes of earning Jamaica’s first-ever medal at the pinnacle event in Paralympic sport, while Shauna-Kaye Hines, the Lima 2019 Para Pan American bronze medallist, will engage in combat for a similar and coveted place in the sport of taekwondo.
“I am going not as a spectator but as an active participant in a sport which I love and to do my best to ensure that another medal goes into my cabinet and Jamaica’s vault,” said Subba, who only took up the sport in 2018.
Hines is also young in the sport, but in the three years since she has pursued it she has garnered many medals in regional and international competitions.
“I am a competitor, and to compete successfully you have to believe in yourself and remain focused on the prize for your country and yourself. I am ready,” she declared.
Both Subba and Hines are living sport at the international level while pursuing degrees at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, which is a mandate that president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda encourages athletes to embrace.
“Sport is excellence of the mind and body, and whereas money can facilitate both in the classroom and on the field of play, we teach our Paralympians and para athletes that the game is ultimately won when the mind commands the body to keep that appointment with destiny,” Samuda said.
Subba and Hines understand that they both have an appointment with destiny in Tokyo, the pursuit of what President Samuda stated: “will, in and of itself, provide inspiration to para athletes who face challenges personally and in society, but who continue to emerge with self-esteem, pride and sense of triumph.”