Dominica keeps team spirit high at 2015 Pan Am Games

Dominica keeps team spirit high at 2015 Pan Am Games

By Nicole Georges
July 26 2015 1:22 P.M

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Dominica's 2015 Pan Am Team meeting friends and fans at "Dominica Day" at the Pan Caribbean Pavillion in Toronto.
Toronto, Canada (TDN) Dominica’s Pan Am contingent of five athletes kept their team spirit strong despite their modest ranks. Team Dominica’s Chef de Mission, former 1996 Olympian Woody Lawrence, rated the team’s performance as satisfactory, “We did keep our team spirit very high.

We had some disappointments, but that’s the reality of sports,” he explained, “We’ve done well and now we’re looking to qualify for the next Olympics.” Some team members are expected to compete in the NACAC competitions in Costa Rica next month.

Although medal hopes were disappointed, team members were proud of their individual performances. Yordanys Garcia was Dominica’s top performer and captured 4th place in the Men’s Triple Jump. Valerian Spicer in women’s boxing (60kg weight class) was edged out by Mexico by a 39-37 score, Dillon Simon placed 7th in shot put, while Thea LaFond placed 13th in the Women's High Jump Final with a jump of 180, and also finished 11th in the Women's Triple Jump.

2011 Pan Am silver medallist David Registe suffered a hamstring injury during the qualifying round for Men’s Long Jump and could not continue.

The Athletes participated in a meet and greet with their fans at “Dominica Day”, one of the activities held at the PanCaribbean Pavilion at the Distillery District. The Event featured a booth of Dominica’s culture, music and exports staged by Discover Dominica.

Dominica’s Trade and Investment Commissioner in Canada, Frances Delsol who facilitated the exhibit said she was proud of the athletes, and believed their presence had helped to reinforce Dominica’s brand as one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean.

Dominica’s 2015 Pan Am Team was led by Chef de Mission, Woody Lawrence and coaches McNeil Jules and James Cawood. The team was accompanied by President of the Dominica Olympic Committee Felix Wilson, General Secretary Thomas Dorset and athletics official Emanuel Loblack.

Dominica was one of 41 countries participating in the 2015 Games with events being held at various stadiums and venues across the greater Toronto area.

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From left: Trade & Investment Commissioner Frances Delsol, Dominica Olympic Committee (D.O.C) Gen, Secretary Thomas Dorsett; D.O.C President Felix Wilson,Chef de Mission Woody Lawrence and representative of the Caribbean Consular Corps.

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