naaatt :: media_artricles :: 2019
We just want to be recognised — Cain-ClaxtonRalph Banwarie :: Trinidad Guardian :: 05.09.2019
Nyoshia Cain-Clax ton, who won two medals at the re cent Para pan Amer i can Games in Li ma, Pe ru has called for the sup port of all for lo cal para-ath letes, on her and the team's re turn from the event on Tues day evening.
Speak ing at the VIP Lounge at Pi ar co In ter na tion al Air port, the na tion al para ath lete who won gold in the women's 100 me tres T64 dash and bronze in 200m T64 em pha sised that the "Par a lympians need to be treat ed equal ly just as the Olympians are treat ed".
"We work hard and com pete with a dis abil i ty and we do not want any body to feel sor ry for us. But we want to be able to be recog nised and be able to be ap pre ci at ed in every area even with the fund ing and equal rights with every thing we do. We want to know that T&T sup ports us, all the way from Prime Min is ter, Pres i dent and every body, we just want the sup port."
Cain-Clax ton said the Games was a great ex pe ri ence for her and know ing that this year was a chal leng ing year try ing to find coach ing and do ing sev er al things in clud ing prepar ing for 2020 Par a lympic Games in Tokyo.
"I just want to say thank you to all my fel low ath letes who sup port ed each oth er and lived like one fam i ly. It was a great trip, every one sup port ed each oth er," she said.
World record-hold er Akeem Stew art al so used the op por tu ni ty to ex press ap pre ci a tion to all who con tributed to his suc cess es, record-break ing gold in the men's dis cus F64 and sil ver in the men's javelin F64.
"We had a very suc cess ful cam paign and I would like to say spe cial thanks to Shan tol Ince and the coach ing staff for mak ing it a suc cess. We were hap py to be around each oth er and we wait for our par tic i pa tion in Dubai," said Stew art re fer ring to the World Para Ath let ics Cham pi onships from No vem ber 7-15.
Ince rep re sent ed T&T in swim ming, com pet ing in three events plac ing fifth in the 400m freestyle S9 and sixth in both the women's 50m and 100m freestyle S9 fi nals.
Al so in ath let ics, field ath lete Car los Greene placed fifth in the men's dis cus throw F11 fi nal and sixth in the men's shot put fi nal.
T&T's oth er par tic i pant ta ble-ten nis play er Den nis La Rose was elim i nat ed in the ear ly round.
Ter ryann Eve lyn, in ter im man ag er of the team, praised the ath letes for their suc cess for mak ing T&T proud.
She said, "We just came from Pe ru, we were there for ap prox i mate ly two weeks. It was def i nite ly an ad ven ture for me be ing with the team for the first time."
Her fel low staff mem bers in clud ed coach es Wade Franklin and Ed win Marc hand.
Parapan American double medallist field specialist Akeem Stewart, second from left back row and sprinter Nyoshia Cain-Claxton, second from left fron row with fellow T&T athletes and staff manager Terryann Evelyn, from left back row, coach Wade Franklin, Edwin Marchand (coach), field athlete Carlos Greene and in front, Dennis La Rose, swimmer Shanntol Ince and Carlos Greene on at the Piarco International Airport on return from Lima, Peru on Tuesday after competing at the Parapan American Games. Stewart won gold in the men's discus F64 and silver in the javelin F64 and Cain-Claxton nabbed gold in the women's 100m T64 and bronze in the 200m T64.