The Paralympics Committee of Sierra Leone has presented the two Paralympic medallists, Sorie Kargbo and Juan Faith Jackson, to the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SLE) after they secured four medals, two each, in the just concluded Paralympics Grand Prix in Tunisia.
Sorie Kargbo won a silver medal in the men’s 200 metres and bronze in the long jump after competing in three events. Faith Jackson also won a silver medal in the 200 metres and a bronze medal in the javelin throw after competing in four events.
Making his official presentation of the Paralympic medallists at the NOC office at 25 Howe Street in Freetown, the President of the Paralympics Committee of Sierra Leone, Unisa Deen Kargbo (UDK) called the occasion another presentation of medals for the Para athletes, underscoring they are known for medals – George Wyndham did it several times and now we have another set of athletes who have also started doing it for Sierra Leone.
“These two athletes went to Tunisia for the Grand Prix where Para athletes all over the world met for the qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; these athletes brought home four medals in total. We are very grateful to the National Olympic Committee; I said it to the Minister of Sports that we are very grateful to the National Sports Authority.
“The NOC gave us the early lead in the early support, because had it not been for the NOC, possibly we would not have been talking about going to Tunisia. The NSA came in to ensure that we are well catered for; so that’s team work to our preparation,” he said.
In his brief statement, NOC President Dr Patrick Coker congratulated the two athletes, adding, “UDK could tell you that I was constantly following up every minute of your activities. I was particularly happy when he made the protest to secure the other medal. I congratulate you on behalf of the National Olympic Committee. When you were leaving, I said you were ambassadors of Sierra Leone and indeed you are ambassadors of Sierra Leone, you have shown us that you are able to represent us. We are waiting to know from the final list whether you are also Olympic qualifiers; if that’s the case, I can tell you that you will have a special place in my heart.”
For her part, Faith Jackson’s mother expressed thanks and appreciation to both the Paralympics Committee and the NOC for giving her daughter the platform to showcase her God-given talent.