Jamaican gymnast Beckford better prepared for Pan Am challenge

By September 06, 2018

Jamaican gymnast Reiss Beckford believes his experience at the Commonwealth Games will help him when he competes at the Pan American Championships that gets underway in Peru on September 10.

He said, however, that teammate Toni-Ann Williams, who injured her arm recently, will be missed.

At the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, the UK-based Beckford made it to the finals of the Men’s Individual All-Round but finished well shy of the medals. Notwithstanding the placing, he said the experience sets him up to even better in Peru next week.

“The Commonwealth Games was an amazing experience in itself and I loved every minute of it. Competing for Jamaica again on such a big stage was a fantastic achievement. Making history, being the first Jamaican gymnast was a huge, huge honour,” said Beckford who is one of an eight-member team expected to make the trip to Peru.

“It was also a good stepping-stone towards Pan Ams. With the experience from the Commonwealth Games, I feel more prepared to compete at the Pan Am.”

Along with Beckford, the Jamaican team will be comprised of Kiara Richmond, McKenzie Robinson, Danusia Francis as well as Caleb Faulk, Steven Lewis and Nicholas Tai.

Williams, who was the first gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympics, will not make the trip as she is recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered during a fall in training.

“It is very unfortunate about Toni, but she will be there with us in spirit and I will do my very best to guide the team to have a great experience and enjoyment in the competitions,” Beckford said.

The championships which are a qualifier for the 2019 Pan Am Games will end on September 17.

 

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