Subba Going for the 2 Js - Judo and Javelin - at the Tokyo Paralympics

Para athlete, Theador Subba, is a rare talent in the Paralympic and

Olympic Movements as he is a judo and javelin athlete, a very ambitious

combination that arguably many would not dare to undertake.

The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg

class, Subba in achieving that historic feat went beyond the incredible as

he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018. That boldness spirit

drove him to take up the javelin in 2019, for which he has evident talent, but

he postponed his debut in that field sport at the Para Pan-American Games

to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely for him.

Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games,

Subba said "the passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and

the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue

the two Js and to do well."

An undergraduate Bachelor of Science Public Policy and Management

student at the University of the West Indies, Subba is sacrificing leisure in

ensuring that he stays on track in the halls of education and on the field of

play. "I take life now seriously so that I can smile tomorrow with a career in

one hand and medals in the other."

As the days expire, training intensifies and innovative ways are adopted to

avoid inactivity brought on by the pandemic and to maintain a conditioned

mind and body. This gifted para athlete gives the formula: "train with your

eye on the prize, rest well, then re-charge and go at it again with passion

and perseverance."

The para army of athletes are earnestly in training in an effort to make it to

the big show in Tokyo between August 24 and September 5 where they will

compete with the best of the global community for coveted podium places

on the international stage. JPA President, Christopher Samuda, said: "in

the Paralympic movement we remind each other that commitment and

dedication to duty determine today's success and tomorrow's victory and

that yesterday's lessons learned and applied give enlightened vision to the

future."

The Tokyo games is a future event in the cycle of Paralympic sport but it

will eventually become the past on which several of Jamaica's aspiring

para athletes are hoping to reflect in saying "mission accomplished."

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