KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Dana-Gaye Weller on her “outstanding performance” at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dana-Gaye, competing in her first Paralympic Games, recorded a career’s best of 12.21 metres to finish sixth in the Women’s F51 club throw on Sunday.
Minister Grange said: “I’m so proud of Dana-Gaye! Making it to the Paralympic Games was no easy feat but she did it. And she promised that she would represent Jamaica well and do her best — and she has by recording her personal best. Jamaica’s athletes are still doing well in Rio and we must give them all the support”.
Last Friday, Alphanso Cunningham recorded a season’s best in the men’s javelin F53/F54.
Jamaica’s other competitor at the Paralympic Games — Shane Hudson (T46 400m) — will compete on Friday.
We salute all our athletes in Rio or elsewhere whether you medal or not. In the final analysis it is not medaling that matters, but that you represented Jamaica well, kept our flag flying high, and are great ambassadors.
When you are a representative of your country you need to be honest and conduct yourself with utmost dignity.
We look forward to great things from our Paralympians currently in RIO.
Sports Commentary by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie who is Senior International Correspondent & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.