Officials from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs were on hand last evening to welcome the athletes who participated at the recently concluded 2017 World Para Athletics Championships held in London, England.
In his brief address to the contingent, Mr. Ronson Hackshaw, Assistant Director, Physical Education and Sport in the Ministry, congratulated the team on an outstanding performance. He also noted that this was a historic moment as they were able to capture two gold medals, one bronze medal, and achieve two new world records. He thanked the coaches, supporters and the management team of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee for their dedicated time and service in helping our athletes achieve success. He urged them to continue to make our country and citizens proud and aim for the highest level of success in their respective disciplines.
Sudhir Ramessar, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee thanked the country for the continued support to their athletes, referring to them as “world class athletes who continue to excel against the odds.”
Akeem Stewart, world record holder expressed his gratitude to God, his sponsors and his team members for their support and the ability to make it all happen. He reiterated that it was a dream come through although he went to the games with high expectations, he didn’t expect to surpass his expectations in the disciplines in which he participated.
Overall, the team returned with three medals. Akeem Stewart won gold in the Men’s F44 Javelin Throw and Men’s Shot Put F44 Final breaking both world records and Nyoshia Cain won bronze in the Women’s 100m T44 Final.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs joins the nation in extending congratulations and sincere appreciation to our athletes who excelled at the World Para Athletics Championships. Trinidad and Tobago continues to stand with our paralympic athletes as they continue to represent our country with great pride.