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Antigua & Barbuda Paralympic star on track for success

TRIO: (l to r): Nigel Piggott, manager, Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim, (centre) and Latisha Greene, former carnival queen and Antigua & Barbuda and Paralympic committee member

ANTIGUA AND Barbuda's first Paralympian, Jamol 'Grim' Pilgrim has arrived safely in the UK and is settling into his new, temporary accommodation at the Olympic Village. Pilgrim will make history when he steps onto the track as the first sprinter from the Caribbean to participate in the Paralympics sprints and long jump.

Pilgrim feels very honoured to be competing: "It has been a long journey and I have to thank God, my strong faith and the faith of my family and supporters that I am here and will be going all out to represent my country and region to the best of my ability. I also want to thank the NOC and my well wishers and supporters for helping me this far.”
 
It has been a very busy couple of days as Pilgrim has attended the flag raising ceremony as well as a series of pre-event meetings and is making friends with competitors from across the world: "The highlight for me so far has been to meet Oscar Pistorius, the fastest b/k (below knee) amputee in the world, he took part in the Olympics and is here, his journey has inspired me and I can't wait to step onto the track".
 
Pilgrim is accompanied by his manager, Nigel Pigott and former carnival queen Latisha Greene, committee member. Pilgrim's first race will be on September 7.

Pilgrim met the "A" Standard International Paralympics Committee time for the men's 100m at a meet in Miami last year, which included the eight fastest amputees in the world in his class. 

The challenge was that there was no Paralympic Committee in Antigua and Barbuda and time was running out.Thanks to the efforts of Pilgrim himself and Ann-Marie Pilgrim, Nigel Pilgrim, Nigel Pigott, Craig Ryan, Senator Chet Greene, Anne Harewood George and Andrina Athill, the Antigua and Barbuda Paralympic Committee was formed. 

The committee has received official recognition from the International Olympic and Paralympic bodies. 

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