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In what was a first time press briefing to welcome home Paralympians, Sports Minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, told those returning from the Paralympics in Beijing, China today, that she would definitely be working to get improved facilities for the country’s disabled.
“Ministry will be working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in this effort, Minister Grange said in the presence of Minister of State for Labour and Social Security, the Honourable Andrew Gallimore, who was also on hand at the press briefing which was held in the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport.
She said she believed in the usefulness of “joined up” concept of Government, where Ministries worked to get problems solved.
The Minister made note of the fact that at the very airport, facilities needed to be put in, to make it friendlier for disabled persons.
The Sports Minister told the Paralympians that Tanto Campbell’s discus bronze medal, was as important as if they came home with gold because in competing in the Beijing Paralympics, they maintained the spirit and determination that Jamaicans have become known for. “You are all champions,” the Minister said in praise of the team.
Minister Grange also announced that the Paralympians “will be very much a part of the big celebrations, starting on October 3, in honour of our athletes who did so well in Beijing.”
During his address to the briefing, Minister of State Gallimore, said that the performance of the Paralympians in Beijing had made the disabled community in Jamaica feel prouder and he also underscored the urgency for changes to be made, to make disabled persons more comfortable in society.
Among the sports administrators present were Mr. Mike Fennel and Major General Robert Neish.