Another thing I love about going to Canadian Nationals is that I get to watch my teammates compete against the other best athletes in Canada. My teammates inspire and motivate me everyday and to be able to watch their training and progression every year is amazing. All 3 of them pushed extremely well, coming away with a lot of hardware I might add too! In particular, watching Curtis, who got me involved with track, was amazing. Curtis, previous to this year, had been off from competing and training for nearly two years due to medical issues, and what a comeback he has made to the sport in a very short amount of time! He has qualified for Rio, which will be his third Paralympic Games! My other teammate Austin has also been pushing extremely well and has qualified for Rio, his first Paralympic Games, and I couldn't be happier for both of them. They are both over in Rio now at a Canadian pre camp getting ready for the games and I can't wait to go over there at the end of the week to join them and to watch them compete on the world stage!
I would also love to say the biggest thank you possible to my other teammate Isaiah who works so hard everyday and is an incredible teammate who has helped Curtis, Austin and I get ready for Rio. His hard work and dedication is amazing to watch and he certainly had a phenomenal year, with achieving a new PB, at every competition we went to this year!
To Coach Ken I would also like to say the biggest thank you. Without your support, encouragement, knowledge and dedication to your athletes we wouldn't be where we are today.
After my visit home it was back to Canada and back to full on training. The first week back we took things a bit lighter so that we could get back into training (yes, my arms certainly felt the 5 days off I had!) We then transitioned into doing more tempo endurance with drafting to help Austin and I with our training for the 800m races we will be doing in Rio. After a couple of weeks of that we then transitioned into doing more sprint work and practicing our starts.
I must add that this training was going on it was amazing to watch Bermuda's 8 strong team compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!! I would like to extended a huge congratulations to Tre, Tyrone, Michelle, Rebecca, Cameron, Ceci, Julian and Flora for all their hard work they all put in to get to the Olympic Games, and while there showing the world what they are capable of. Bermuda is extremely proud of you!
Now, it is Yushae and my turn to compete in Rio! Another exciting thing about watching the Olympics is that you get a chance to see the venues and areas on TV so you can get a better understanding of where you will be competing. It still amazes me when I think that London was four years ago and we were planning our 4 year plan to get to Rio and it is finally almost here! A lot has happened these past 4 years and it has been an incredible journey. I can't wait to get out on the track and do what I love against others who share the same goals and passions.
I am so excited to have a Bermuda teammate coming to the games! This will be Yushae's first Paralympic Games and I am over the moon excited for her and so proud of how far she has come in such a short amount of time. We have been talking a lot about the games and our preparations for them. Yushae says "Training is going great and going to Rio is really exciting and very emotional"
We are now in the final stretch on the Road to Rio and I am just booming with excitement, pride, and nerves. Thank you to everyone for the continued support and encouragement along this journey. It has been amazing having it! A special thanks to my family for understanding all the things I have to do to continue chasing my dreams. Thank you to my sponsors Tokio Millennium Re for their ongoing support and belief in me. Sport really takes a village and I am very grateful to have such an amazing company behind me!
We will be leaving for Rio on Friday, September 2nd. The Opening Ceremonies will be held on September 7th, where I again have the honor of carrying the Bermuda flag! :) (Fun fact: today marks 4 years since I carried the flag in the opening ceremonies in London!)
Here is Yushae and my schedule of when we are competing. Yushae is classified as a BC2 athlete and I am classified as a T53 athlete. All times are Brazil times, which works out well as it is the same time as Bermuda!
Opening Ceremonies: - September 2nd
September 8th: - 100m T53 heats 12:30pm
- 100m T53 final 6:54pm
- 100m T53 Medal Ceremony 7:43pm
September 10th: - 400m T53 heats 12:31pm
September 11th: - 400m T53 final 5:30pm
- 400m T53 Medal Ceremony 6:42pm
September 17th: - 800m T53 heats 10:16am
- 800m T53 final 5:42pm
- 800m T53 Medal Ceremony 6:28pm
September 13th: - 11:15am-12:30pm and 6:15pm-7:30pm
September 14th: - 4pm-5pm
September 15th: - Quarter finals at 1pm
- Semi final game at 530pm
September 16th: - Bronze medal game at 11:20am
- Gold medal game at 3:45pm
To follow me:
Facebook: Jessica Lewis (Para-athlete)
To follow Yushae:
Facebook: Yushae Asha Marie DeSilva-Andrade
Let's do this Rio!!!
-Desire, Dream, Vision-