MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: With the London 2012 Paralympic Games concluding last evening at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, UK, Premier Paula Cox took the opportunity to join others in the local community in offering congratulations to Bermuda’s Paralympian, Jessica Lewis.

Premier Cox said: “Jessica has represented our Island and Team Bermuda 2012 with pride and honour. Her participation in this year’s London Paralympic Games has certainly inspired all of Bermuda. And I am of the view that we can all learn something from her strength and perseverance.

“We recognise that the qualifying standards for these particular games were rigourous and demanding, so it is wonderful that our very own Jessica Lewis succeeded in reaching this historical goal.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are considered the pinnacle of international sporting events. And as I noted when I returned from the London Olympics several weeks ago, we recognise that greatness does not just happen overnight. There are building blocks that must be put in place.

“So, this Government is proud to support our Bermudians in their athletic pursuits towards reaching these games.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to young Jessica, for her courage and sportsmanship. I’m sure we have not heard the last from Ms Lewis and we look forward to seeing even greater accomplishments from this talented Bermudian athlete in the future.”