Physically Challenged Stewart Shocked John- T Spectators

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By admin July 22, 2011 08:38

Physically Challenged Stewart Shocked John- T Spectators

On Sunday, July 17th, competitor # 29, Mr. Walter Grant Stewart, captured the heart of the Anguillian community as well as the wider Caribbean region not only for winning the 12th edition of the John T Memorial but doing so with only one arm.

 


Cyclists lined up at the starting line    (Photos courtesy Larry Stott and Arthur Ward)
Cyclists lined up at the starting line (Photos courtesy Larry Stott and Arthur Ward)

Walter who hails from Guyana, lost his right arm in an accident over three years ago, however he did not allow his disability to prevent him from competing in the sport. Hundreds of spectators flooded the roadsides of Anguilla to see the ‘one armed man’ with their own eyes as many could not believe and were utterly amazed as Walter managed to stay in the leading pack for the major portion of the race before taking the lead on the last lap. Walter trekked some 164.00 km while using his one arm to control both front and rear brakes and to shift gears on a bike that was not modified in any way to accommodate his disability. He finished in 3 hours, 43 minutes and 12.690 seconds ( 3:43:12.690 )

Changing of gears by "one arm man" during race
Changing of gears by “one arm man” during race

At the award ceremony Walter thanked the Anguillian community for making him feel at home and for all their support. In addition to his awards spectators began to collect donations to contribute towards Walter.


Anguillians and other cyclists in race as crowd cheers on
Anguillians and other cyclists in race as crowd cheers on

Two Anguillian brothers finished in Top 10


At the finish line in 1st place
At the finish line in 1st place

Mr. Danny Laud and younger brother Elroy Laud both of the Stingers cycling club finished 6th and 8th respectively in the senior category. Danny, a member of the 2010 Commonwealth cycling team in India received an award for being the first Anguillian to finish the race. His younger brother Elroy rode in the junior category on the previous day where he placed first. To this day no Anguillian has won the John T Memorial Cycling Race.

Winners
Winners

Also for the first time in John T history, transponders were used to record the time and positions of the cyclist. This is a high tech system that is used in cycling competitions all across the globe. The transponders are strapped to the frame of the bike and as they pass the start/finish line they transmit a radio signal to a receiver that relays the cyclist’s time, and position among other information to a computer. The system was operated by Roland Morgan and assisted by George A. Baptiste. 

Mr. Calvin Hughes presenting Mr. Stewart with trophy
Mr. Calvin Hughes presenting Mr. Stewart with trophy

The top 15 positions in the senior race are as follows:
1st #29 Walter Grant-Stewart Guyana 3:43:12.690
2nd #432 Franck Pangan St. Maarten 3:43:16.820
3rd #18 Jean-Marie Poyo St. Maarten 3:43:30.817
4th #407 Wilfree Camelia Curaco 3:43:33.656
5th #433 Valery Berby St.Maarten 3:43:33.793
6th #402 Danny Laud Anguilla 3:43:33.868
7th #28 Godfrey Pollydore USA 3:43:34.389
8th #403 Elroy Laud Anguilla 3:43:38.031
9th #415 Ruiz Ceder Suriname 3:43:38.772
10th #002 Robert Marsh Antigua 3:43:39.100
11th #445 Claude Richardson Anguilla 3:43:39.679
12th #438 Gino Hodge Aruba 3:43:40.994
13th #19 Steeve Chalder St. Maarten 3:43:48.079
14th #405 Hillard Cijntge Curacao 3:43:52.539
15th #20 Kenny Cyprien St. Maarten 3:51:39.167

Arthur D Ward Jr
Anguilla Sports Network
www.facebook.com/anguillasportsnetwork

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