For the first time, the Spice Isle will participate in the premier Paralympics Games in the Americas.
Grenada will be represented by three athletes at the Para Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile, November 17 – 27.
Leading the Grenada team is Junior Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in the discus Tyler Smith. He will again look for honors in the discus, competing in the F24 classification.
Nickel Walters, gold medalist in the javelin in the 2021 Arizona Desert games, participates in the javelin and discus.
Cyclist Sheldon Francios will compete for the first time in Paralympics. His events are namely the 10KM road race, individual time trials and short races, Sheldon’s best time for a 32 KM Individual Time Trial in 2023 is 1:70:19 hrs.
At the Criterium races, his best time is one hour and for short races, depending on the course and road conditions, two hours. The cyclist, who has both sight and hearing challenges, is a consistent competitor in national competitions staged by the Grenada Cycling Association and the Grenada Triathlon Association.
Francios is the first Grenadian cyclist to compete in an international Paralympics event.
He will be accompanied by cycle coach Troy Felix. Boca Secondary School physical education and games teacher Ronald Charles is the coach for athletes Nickel Walters and Tyler Smith.
Manager of the team is Bassanio Nicholas.
The Grenada Paralympics Committee revealed that the athletes and coaches have invested much time into their preparations for the games and is optimistic they will all give off their best.
The Committee is grateful to the Ministry of Sports/National Lottery and the Grenada Olympic Committee for their financial support ensuring the team’s participation.