CIBC/FirstCaribbeam makes donation to Paralympic Association

Monday, November 02, 2015

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THE Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) is closer to achieving its ambitious goals for 2013, with a $100,000 boost from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

The association, still celebrating its successful campaign at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Jamaica's credible performance in the winter games in the Republic of Korea earlier this month, is gearing up to field a strong contingent at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in next July in Lyon, France.

Presenting the bank's sponsorship cheque to JPA directors Courtney Lodge and Randolph Jones, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Managing Director Nigel Holness said: "The Paralympians are an inspiration to all of us. It's amazing how much they accomplish with their physical disabilities. We know it takes tremendous drive and commitment -- they make Jamaica proud -- and at the bank we are happy to be able to assist them in their quest for even greater success."

Lodge, in reply, said that "Jamaica is well known for its athletic prowess at events like the Olympics and other international meets, but our disabled athletes are equally gifted, representing Jamaica at world class level and medalling."

"They are changing the definition of disabled," he added.

The JPA, established in 2008, is the Government-approved national body for sports for persons who are physically challenged and visually impaired. It has oversight responsibility for a range of competitive sport programmes.

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