Injured gymnast Williams in Peru to support Jamaican teammates

By September 10, 2018
Injured gymnast ToniAnn Williams (third left) has travelled with her Jamaican teammates to the Pan Am Championships in Peru. Injured gymnast ToniAnn Williams (third left) has travelled with her Jamaican teammates to the Pan Am Championships in Peru.

Despite suffering a dislocated elbow that has ruled her out of competition, Jamaica’s Olympic gymnast ToniAnn Williams has travelled to Peru with the Jamaican team that will be competing at the Pan Am Championships that begin on Tuesday.

Jamaica has sent an eight-member team to the championships that will be a qualifier for the 2019 Pan Am Games also set for Peru. Williams, Reiss Beckford and Steve Lewis, departed from the United States for Peru on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, Williams fell while practising on the high beams and dislocated her elbow but her teammates feel her presence in Peru will give the team confidence.

“100 per cent,” said teammate Reiss Beckford, who was a finalist in the Men’s Individual All-Around at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.

“Seeing how good she is, recovering from injury and coming back, is only going to make us stronger as a team. It shows how much of a team we are and how close we are as a team that we come out and support each other.”

Meanwhile, Williams said she even though she is still recovering from the injury, it was important for her to travel with the team to Peru.

“It’s definitely disappointing, trying to come back from knee surgery to get ready for the Pan American championships, and it’s a devastating injury but I’m really excited to go to support my teammates like Reiss, so I am excited to be there for them in a different capacity.”

She said doctors are yet to determine the true nature of the damage caused by the fall two weeks ago.

“I am doing better now. I am in a brace so I am just going back to the doctors and see how everything is going to go. I haven’t been able to get an MRI yet due to the fact that I can straighten my arm so we haven’t had a definite diagnosis yet or anything like that,” she said, adding that she is not overly worried about the setback.

“It’s not my first injury. I know how to handle these kinds of things. It’s not anything that is going to hold me back. I have come back from my Achilles; couple months ago I had knee surgery, so it’s not anything that I will be scared about because I know how to handle it.”

 

 

 

 

 

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