Photos/Video: Paralympic Petal Presented To City

May 4, 2015

[Updated with video] The Paralympic Petal — a souvenir given by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – is now public display at City Hall as a symbol of inspiration and motivation for future athletes.

All 164 nations that participated in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London received a handmade copper petal from the Paralympic cauldron, with the Petal given to the Bermuda Paralympic Association and transferred to the City to go on display.

Bermuda earned the Petal due to the participation of Jessica Lewis in the 2012 Paralympics, where she became the first Bermudian sprinter to appear in the Paralympics, competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

The wood for the base was donated by the Corporation of Hamilton from city trees felled by storms, and The plinth was made by the Carpentry Programme, Bermuda Government’s Department of Corrections.

The Petal was unveiled at a presentation today which was attended by Jessica Lewis, as well as Yushae Desilva-Andrade, the first Bermudian to compete at a high level in the Paralympic sport of Boccia.

The inscription says, “May this Petal promote the International Paralympic Committee’s Vision ‘To Enable Paralympic Athletes to Achieve Sporting Excellence and Inspire and Excite the World.”

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  1. Cherie says:

    Jessica and Yushae keep doing your best. You both have a wonderful support team. Troy you are the best coach, keep up the good work! 2016 is almost here.