Veteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.Coach of the team Neville Sinclair expects all three athletes to at least be on the medal podium.MEDAL EXPECTATIONS”My expectation is that they go there and do their best. We have two persons competing for the first time. Dana-Gaye should be in the final, and once she is in the final, we will take it from there. Shane should be on the medal podium, and based on training and his times, he should get no less than the gold, but at worse, he should finish with a silver,” he said.”Alphonso is the veteran. He has had some hiccups, but he should do himself proud, and I expect him to do well in the shot put and be on the podium. So what they have been doing, in training for the past months, they are going to show it at the Games,” he said.The rest of the delegation includes Javon Campbell (chef de mission), Lincoln Cox (team doctor), Edmund Jones (Paralympic attachÈ), Ann Marie Smith (administrative personnel), Rushane Sterling (massage therapist), Kevin Brown (Web master), Christopher Samuda (president), and Suzanne Harris-Henry (general secretary).Chef de mission Campbell is set to depart the island next Sunday, August 28, and will arrive in Brazil a day later. The team is due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on August 31. The Games ends with the closing ceremony on September 18, with the team set to depart Brazil on September 20.CONTINUOUS MOTIVATIONSpeaking at the press briefing, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the Paralympians continued to motivate and inspire all Jamaicans.”I don’t know if you know what an inspiration you all are to our country! You have overcome so many challenges to be performing at such high levels. You demonstrate every day how to be bold when necessary, how to stare adversity in the face, and refuse limitations. Sometimes I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I could have done the things you have,” she said.”We are a small team, and we know you will do your best and you will be satisfied along with your family, coaches, and support team, and the entire nation,” Grange added.
Prior to his collapse, Hoddle was presented with a cake celebrating his 61st birthday Instagram @stevesidwell14 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most read on talkSPORT.com Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT After his dismissal Hoddle coached Southampton, Spurs and Wolves, but he has not held a senior management role since leaving Molineux in 2006. 2 BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? He took his first steps into coaching in 1991 by joining Swindon as their player/manager, before taking up the same role with Chelsea two years later.Hoddle retired as a player in 1995, and left Chelsea the following year for England. He guided the Three Lions to the second round of the 1998 World Cup, but was dismissed seven months later after he expressed controversial opinions about disabled people in an interview with The Times. 2 gameday cracker LATEST revealed latest scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense Three stents were added during his surgery, and it is hoped Hoddle will make a full recovery now he has left intensive care.According to The Sun, Hoddle has no recollection of collapsing, and is both sitting up and talking to his family.Hoddle, who spent the majority of his playing career with Tottenham before also enjoying spells at Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea, won 53 caps for England and is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Glenn Hoddle is sitting up and talking to his family following the heart attack he suffered on Saturday, his 61st birthday.Hoddle, the former England player and manager, is out of intensive care having undergone surgery over the weekend after collapsing and cracking his head in the BT Sport studios, just minutes after playing keepy-uppies live on Robbie Savage’s show, Saturday Morning Sav. whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Hoddle appeared in good spirits and fine health during his morning appearance on BT Sport TOP WORK SORRY BT Sport