BY TASHIKA TAYLOR
UWIMONA Now writer
UWI MONA STUDENT Theador Subba will be eyeing a place on the podium when he bows into judo action on August 29 at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games now underway in Japan. His selection makes him the first visually impaired athlete to represent the country in his sport.
Subba, who started competing in judo in 2018, has been making up ground. "I was introduced to the sport by the President of the Jamaica Olympic and Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda," he explained. A year later, Subba managed to cop a bronze medal at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru in the over 100kg class.
This weekend, the 23-year-old para-athlete is hoping to better his last performance on the world stage. Subba, a second-year Public Policy and Management student, expressed elation at being able to compete on one of the largest sporting stages. "I am extremely happy and humbled to be able to represent my country on the grandest stage for sports. My ultimate goal is to come back home with a medal, but as it's my first Paralympic Games, I am just happy to be here and deliver my best," he told UWIMONA Now.
Meanwhile, Subba lauded The UWI for supporting his Paralympic preparations. "The University has always been supportive of my endeavours at all levels – the Guild of Students, Taylor Hall and The University on a whole allow me to use their facilities to help prepare for numerous competitions, including this year's Paralympic Games," he said.
The future public servant is looking forward to balancing a rewarding career in the government service with what he hopes will be a long and successful career in sports.
The Games got underway on August 24 and will run until September 5.