Podcast: Paralympic Sprinter Jessica Lewis

April 29, 2016

Jessica Lewis is someone who does not believe in obstacles, leading her to be enthusiastic about not only sports, but changing people’s mindsets as well.

With a breakout year in 2015 that included collecting Bermuda’s first ever major para-sports medals including a World Championships medal, shattering the Parapan Games record, and attaining a third world ranking, Ms. Lewis is one of the island’s most elite athletes.

Bernews Podcast with Jessica Lewis

Speaking in Bernews latest podcast about her push to redefine the term ‘disabled’ as ‘differently abled’, Ms Lewis points out that “everyone has an inability to do something”, and says “differently abled” is a “more positive term and puts the person first.”

She also talks about how her family has been very supportive, and how, one day, she wants to work at Windreach which gave her so much help.

On her hopes for the Paralympics in Rio, Ms Lewis said: “I have qualified and I am just waiting to have the official word, but I have a really good shot at going.”

Podcast with Jessica Lewis


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  1. Raymond Ray says:

    As a member of The Bermuda Stroke and Family Support Group / Association for the past 16 years I also believe in using the title without the word “Disable” or “Victim”, we are able-bodied individuals all in a different manner combating our individual challenges.
    I personally want to thanks you for your optimistic views Ms. Jessica Lewis, I’m sure they will be a positive influence for many others facing difficulties…I would further like for you to speak at our next Group Meeting (May 18th.2016)”The Bermuda Stroke & Family Support Groups” monthly meeting are held the 3 rd. Wednesday of each month in to Conference Room up on the 1 st. floor of the old K.E.M.H (opposite the staff cafeteria) starting at 7:00 P.M last for approximately an 1 hr.- 1 1/2 hrs.
    (Note: You can contact Mr.Mark Selley to elaborate further at 293-3121)”

    Cordially I remain
    Mr.Raymond Ray