I would like to mention the two other athletes that I will be joining at the games, Yushae DeSilva-Andrade and Steve Wilson, who will be competing in Boccia. Unfortunately, these two incredible athletes were left out of a newspaper report about the athletes that will be representing Bermuda at both the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games. These two have worked incredibly hard to get to where they are today and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They definitely deserve all the recognition in the world for their determination and hard work. I met them a couple of years ago and I have seen first hand their improvement in their sport. I am honoured that I will get to be alongside these two at the games and I cannot wait to watch them in action.
It is very exciting for me to see para-sport growing in Bermuda. In 2011 when I was the first Bermudian to compete at a ParaPan American Games in Guadalajara I was the only athlete there. It is amazing to see that 4 years later we have two other athletes. My goal is to bring awareness about para-sport in Bermuda and show that we work just as hard as able-bodied athletes, we have the same determination and passion and deserve to be recognized. I want to change the way people with disabilities are viewed and to bring about total equality and I feel the best way I can do that is through my sport and through bringing awareness, which will promote understanding and acceptance.
I have had a very successful racing season this year and I cannot wait to compete on the America’s stage next month. On the weekend the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) were posting “Collectors Cards” on their Facebook page, which features some athletes that will be representing their countries at the Toronto 2015 games. As of right now only 3 have been made and I am truly honored that I have been featured on one of them! It is incredibly humbling to know that the IPC recognizes me.
Again, thank you to you all for all your continued support and encouragement. To get daily updates on my journey feel free to also follow it on:
Facebook: Jessica Lewis (Para-athlete)
These are the places that I will mainly do my updates during the games and will write a blog at the completion of it all when I will have some down time to really sit down and write fully about the experience. The games will be taking place from August 7-15, with my races being August 12, 13 and 14 sometime between 3pm-9pm. The schedule that is out now may change depending on the amount of athletes in my classification (i.e. whether we have prelims or just finals) and will hopefully get more information about the exact time of my races closer to the date.
As for now its time to focus and get ready!!
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