JAMAICA'S paralympians were given a $3.9-million boost by Digicel and Supreme Ventures for their Road to Lyon sojourn to participate in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship between July 20-29.
Digicel pumped in $2.4 million and announced the signing of Paralympic javelin champion Alphanso Cunningham as an official ambassador to the company on a two-year contract.
Tahnida Nunes, Digicel's sponsorship manager, revealed that Cunningham's contract is on par with that of double Olympic sprint champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
"We didn't do him any less than anybody else. He will be signing a contract similar to Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Christopher Gayle and he will be joining a family of great men and women at Digicel, who make up our ambassadors," said Nunes.
Meanwhile, administrator of the Supreme Ventures Foundation Ovril Ebanks also handed over her company's sponsorship cheque of $1.5 million.
"The Supreme Ventures Foundation is extremely pleased to partner with the Jamaica Paralympic Association with a contribution of $1.5 million for the team's participation in the IPC's Athletics World Championship in Lyon, France," said Edwards, Supreme Ventures' Sponsorship & Public Relations Manager.
Jamaica will be represented by seven athletes of the 2,000 expected from 118 countries.
The team will be captained by Tanto Campbell, who will participate in the F54/56 discus throw. Last year's Olympic Paralympic champion Alphanso Cunningham will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in the F52/53 javelin and discus events. Sylvia Grant is the lone female and will participate in the F57/58 javelin and discus.
The team is completed by Shane Hudson (T46 200m and 400m); Davis Bascoe (T46 200m and 400m); Romadeo Williams ((T46 200m and 400m), and Isaiah Simms (T13 100m and 200m).
Jovan Campbell will travel with the team as the Jamaica Paralympic Association will be making a pitch to have him classified in the 100m and 200m and possibly participate.
Neville Sinclair will be the coach with Suzanne Harris-Henry, the chef de mission among the five officials with the team.