Bags are packed, track chair is wrapped, Bermuda pins and bracelets are ready for trading and Jessica Lewis is excited and eager to head to London, 2012 Paralympics.
Lewis had lunch on Wednesday with Sandy Mitchell and Paul Sullivan. Both will be cheering Lewis on from Toronto. We will miss you both but we are so happy that you are feeling better Sandy.
Lewis said, “I am looking forward to representing Bermuda proudly at the London Paralympic Games! I am still in shock that my dream has become a reality. I have worked very hard for this and I am just so pleased that everything I have been doing this year has paid off. Thanks to all my sponsors and friends for believing in me. Thanks to my personal trainer at Brock University, Scott Frendo Cumbo for asking to ‘take me on’ the first time he met me as a little 50 pound girl with big dreams, and my Canadian ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’, Ken and Karen Thom for taking me (and my mother!) in for the last 5 months and making us feel like part of their family. A huge thanks especially to my awesome coach Ken Thom for seeing the potential in me and encouraging me through all the tough training sessions”.
The new competition schedule just released shows all 3 of Lewis’ races as straight finals – so looks like a maximum of 8 - T53’s will be competing!
Lewis’ race times are as follows: Please note these are all UK times:
Sunday September 2nd 100 meter T 53
8:58pm - Medal Ceremony at 9:43pm
Thursday, September 6th 200 meter T53
8:59pm - Medal ceremony Friday, September 7th 10:25am
Saturday, September 8th 400 meter T53
9.21pm - Medal ceremony at 9.44pm
Curtis Thom Lewis’ coach’s son headed to London on Tuesday this week so he could train with the Canadian relay team which he is a part of. They will do the 400m relay. Each of the 4 athletes will do 400m. It’s the same idea as regular relay except of course the wheelies do not pass a baton! They touch on the shoulder in the 10m tag zone. Thom’s races are heats and finals – no semifinals. There will be 3 heats in each of his 100m and 400m races. So we assume they will take the first 2 across the line in each heat, then the 2 fastest times of the remaining athletes.