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  • Wavell Hinds Takes Paralympic Games Top Job


    03/13/21

    Wavell Wayne Hinds of West Indian cricket fame and revered for his admirable
    exploits at the crease, is now a Paralympic Ambassador with his recent
    appointment as Chef de Mission for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games. In taking
    the top job, Hinds best a list of experienced candidates after a grueling
    interviewing process which saw noted sport personalities being selected to
    assume duties at Paralympic international games.

    An exemplary sport administrator whose listed credentials include the
    presidencies of the West Indies Players' Association and Kensington Cricket
    Club, Hinds will now be responsible for marshalling Jamaica’s team of athletes
    and officials at the multi-disciplinary pinnacle of para sports. In responding to his
    appointment, Hinds said "I'm sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve my
    people and country in the capacity as Chef De Mission. This great honour and
    privilege also carries serious responsibilities for an illustrious, innovative and
    talented group of athletes. I will do my utmost best to protect and promote the
    legacy of the Jamaica Paralympics Association with humility and grace. I'm
    eagerly looking forward to meeting and working with my full complement of
    teammates."

    President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda,
    commenting on the selection process and the appointees stated that
    "this is the second time the JPA is selecting by way of interviews its officials for regional and
    international games for a quadrennial in fulfilling one of its primary objectives of
    professionalising and making inclusive the management of games which will be
    delivered by a cadre of experienced and committed professionals led by Wavell,
    a true son of the soil"

    In 2015 the JPA embarked upon a similar exercise for the quadrennial period
    2016 to 2020 which was successful and recently repeated the exercise at the
    Knutsford Court Hotel with a panel which included Director Travis Ebanks,
    Chairman of the Athletes' Commission and a law school graduand.
    Hinds will have as his managers Digicel's Marketing specialist, Kaydean Webley,
    known for her logistics management of the popular Digicel Grand Prix Track and
    Field Series, and Ricardo Panton, Vice- President of the Jamaica Hockey
    Association whose team management skills have been tested and proven locally
    and regionally.

    Hinds, Webley and Panton will "wet their feet" as a team for the IPC World Para
    Athletics Championships which will be held in Kobe Japan from August 26 to
    September 4, 2022.

    Robert Darby, a member of the famed Darby dynasty in the horse racing industry
    and a respected sport personality, will be the Chef de Mission for the 2023 IPC
    World Para Athletics Championships and will have as his Manager, Jean Nelson
    who comes to the table with minted managerial experience gained from her
    experiences with the Reggae Girlz who created history in qualifying for the 2018
    France World Cup

    Noted Netball Manager Leonie Phinn, will take command of the 2023 Chile
    Parapan American Games and will be assisted by Otis Harvey, former national
    rower and currently a Director of the Jamaica Rowing Federation. Both will,
    however, before that event team in their respective positions for the Junior World
    Championships which will be held in 2022

    Project management practitioner and the respected President of the St. Thomas
    FA, Wayne Thompson, will tap into his array of skills at the 2022 Birmingham
    Commonwealth Games which will see an increased number of Para sports
    alongside able-body events.

    The national para troop at the 2023 Global Games in Vichy, France, will have
    Softball Jamaica's President and experienced sports administrator, Marvalyn
    Campbell, as its chief who will oversee engagements in the French republic
    where, in the city of Lyon in 2013 at the IPC World Athletics Championships,
    Jamaica's distinguished Paralympian, Alphanso Cunningham OD, broke the
    world record in the F52/53 Javelin three times.

    Noted Educator and Sport Administrator, Cynthia Cooke, under whose
    jurisdiction the internationally renowned Racers Track Club falls, will take charge
    of Jamaica's youth at this year's Parapan American Youth Games which the
    South American capital of Columbia, Bogota, will host in November.

    Michael Vassall, an IAAF (World Athletics) certified coach, and Dr. Carol Long,
    well known in track and field circles, will assume the roles of Managers for
    individual athletes and teams to specific qualifying tournaments and
    championships for international and regional games and championships which is
    where it all begins.

    The JPA in "putting out to tender"' and formalizing the selection of its
    management teams for games and tournaments is leading the way and
    according to Samuda is "breaking ground in the administration of sport as it plays
    its part in establishing, locally, a professional sport industry whereby the business
    and commercialisation of sport are built on the values and capacity of the human
    capital."

    Reflecting on the 2012 London Paralympic Games which was a game changer
    for the Paralympic movement breaking records for ticket sales and enjoying
    mass market appeal as it marked the return of the movement to its spiritual
    birthplace, the British village of Stoke Mandeville, where the first ever organised
    sporting event for disabled athletes was held, Samuda said: "As sport evolves,
    there must be a rebirth of traditional values, a transformation from inside out with
    inspired chefs de mission at work with stakeholders in the vineyards of
    boardrooms and on fields of play."

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