ANTIGUA & BARBUDA'S FIRST PARALYMPIAN READY TO RACETuesday 28th August 2012
Nigel Piggott, manager, Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim, athlete, and Latisha Greene, former carnival queen of Antigua and committee member .
Press release - St. John's, Antigua - August 29, 2012: Antigua and Barbuda's first Para Olympian, Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim has arrived safely in the UK and is settling into his new, temporary accommodation at the Olympic Village. Pilgrim will make history when he steps onto the track as the first sprinter from the Caribbean to participate in the Paralympics sprints and long jump.
Pilgrim feels very honoured to be competing: "It has been a long journey and I have to thank God, my strong faith and the faith of my family and supporters that I am here and will be going all out to represent my country and region to the best of my ability. I also want to thank the NOC and my well wishers and supporters for helping me this far.”
South African Sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, Olympian and Para Olympian 2012 with Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim, Antigua and Barbuda, Para Olympian Sprinter 2012 - Olympic Village, London.
It has been a very busy couple of days as Pilgrim has attended the flag raising ceremony as well as a series of pre-event meetings and is making friends with competitors from across the world: "The highlight for me so far has been to meet Oscar Pistorius, the fastest b/k (below knee) amputee in the world, he took part in the Olympics and is here, his journey has inspired me and I can't wait to step onto the track".
Pilgrim is accompanied by his manager, Nigel Pigott and Former Carnival Queen Latisha Greene, committee member. Pilgrim's first race will be on Friday, September 7th and fans can follow Pilgrim's progress via his face book fan page www.facebook.com/jamolgrimpilgrim - like and follow.
Photos supplied by: Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim.
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