Tuesday, 4 September 2012

PRIDE OF A NATION: PM Simpson-Miller hails Paralympics gold-medallist Alphanso Cunningham

NATIONAL PRIDE: Cunningham at the medal presentation.

Golden days are here again, thanks to our ever-inspiring Paralympics contingent across the pond in London. Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller says national Paralympic athlete Alphanso Cunningham, who landed Jamaica's first gold medal at the Games on Tuesday, is a role model for us all. Her remarks come shortly after Cunningham threw 21.84 metres in the Javelin F52/53 on Tuesday morning. Cunningham’s achievement is not only a national record but also a record for the entire North and South American regions.

“We are such a blessed people,” says Simpson-Miller. “Our excellence in sport extends beyond our size but not beyond our ability and our will. Alphanso is indeed a role model for so many. He has consistently shown that disability is not an obstacle to success.”

Adds Simpson-Miller, “Today’s gold medal gives us further cause to celebrate and be proud of our great country.”

Simpson-Miller, who also commended Cunningham’s coach and the entire Paralympics team, was Jamaica’s sports minister back in 2004 when Cunningham earned gold in the discus at the Paralympics in Athens, Greece.

WINNER'S CIRCLE: Silver medalist Abdolreza Jokar of Iran (left), gold medalist Cunningham and bronze medalist Mauro Maximo De Jesus of Mexico pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Javelin Throw - F52/53 on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Tuesday.

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