Last week then ended with a bang! The Bermuda Paralympic Association received official word, from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) that Bermuda was awarded 1 female spot in Athletics for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games! (spots for athletes at these games are allocated to countries, not athletes in specific, and then the country decides who fills the spots.) This means that I have officially been told that I will get to represent Bermuda once again at a Paralympic Games! (YAY!) I am so excited for these games and am so looking forward to racing against the best athletes in the world in the T53 class. This also brought back memories from London (I can't believe that was 4 years ago!) and I can't wait to see where I stand compared to London where I placed 8th in my 3 races - 100m, 200m and 400m.
I am officially on the Road to Rio!! The first wheel on this road will be in 3 days when I compete at the Desert Challenge games in Arizona on the weekend (but who's counting? :) ). We then go to Switzerland at the end of the month, Indianapolis the beginning of June, and Edmonton for Canadian Nationals (thanks again Athletics Canada for letting me compete) in the beginning of July. Then it will be the final preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where we will head down to Brazil at the beginning of September. The opening ceremonies of the games is September 7th and I will be competing in the T53 100m, 400m, and 800m races as there is no 200m event for my classification.
Thank you to my coach Ken for believing in me and helping me get on this Road to Rio!! Thank you to my family for being there every wheel of the way and understanding what I have to do for this sport. Thank you to my teammates for always pushing each other. Thank you to my friends for encouraging me and supporting me. Thank you to my sponsor Tokio Millennium Re for their continued assistance and belief in me. And thank you to all of you for continuing to follow my journey!
We did it...RIO HERE WE COME!
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