Bermuda Paralympics Association Appeal
Studio A & B: January 27 – February 15 2011
The Bermuda Paralympic Association – a member of the International Paralympic Committee – is holding a fund raising event in the form of exhibition at the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery, City Hall, Hamilton from January 27th to February 15th 2012. An appeal is going out for artists to donate artwork of all media to be sold, or to donate a percentage of sale proceeds, in aid of this very worthy cause.
The Bermuda Paralympic Association (BPARAS) is run by volunteers and funded entirely by its own fundraising efforts or by kind sponsors. They are currently working to raise sufficient funds to supportBermuda’s paralympic atheletes at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
For parathelete, Jessica Lewis, the opportunity for to represent Bermuda in track and field events at the 2012 paralympics is a dream come true. Jessica has reached qualifying standard in just 3 years, after being inspired by being present at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008. She is one of 3 possible wheelchair athletes. Royal Gazette Article July 13 2011
Previously active in other sports, Jessica decided to concentrate on wheelchair racing in 2008 and has subsequently raced competitively in the 100, 200 and 400 meters in several overseas events. Presently at College inCanadastudying Recreational Therapy she trains daily and every weekend travels 50 miles by bus to attend coaching sessions .
Well known parathelete Sandy Mitchell also hopes to compete inLondonin what would be his 4th Paralympic Games in Para Equestrian Dressage.
The aim of the BPARAS is to encourage all physically challenged persons to participate in sports and reach their full potential in their chosen field of sport. Funds raised from this art exhibit will also be used to help support their “Grass Roots” programme for training and attend International Competitions so they can reach their goal of qualifying for World Championships and Paralympic Games in their chosen sport. It is impossible for them to achieve this inBermuda.
Potential participants for 2016 Paralympics inRio de Janeiroinclude a para archery athlete and a number of sailors training in the sailing programme.