Tokio back paralympian Lewis
Tokio Millennium Re will be sponsoring paralympian Jessica Lewis as she strives to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Lewis, who competed at 2012 London Olympics and the IPC Athletics World Championships in France in July this year, said: “I am so happy that Tokio Millennium believe in my dreams and want to help me achieve them.
“I've had a great support system from my family and friends, and now Tokio as well, and it just means the world to me. They are helping me push towards my goals.
“This is going to help me to go to races as now I won't have to worry about if I can afford to get there. I need to do as many races as I can because the experience is invaluable. It helps me become a better racer and get to know my competition.”
Tatsuhiko Hoshina, president and chief executive officer of Tokio Millennium Re, said Tokio had a history of supporting the community through sponsoring sports, children and fitness.
“We sponsor (triathlete) Tyler Butterfield and we're now excited about sponsoring Lewis because she is definitely an inspiration and a role model — not just here in Bermuda, but worldwide. We saw this as a great opportunity to support her and Bermuda.
“We have been impressed by Lewis because of the effort she puts in. I have followed her through her career and she always tries to be better than the day before, which is what I always tell my colleagues — try to be better than you were the day before.
“On top of that, she is a role model for athletes, not just here in Bermuda, but worldwide.”
Tokio Millennium Re also announced their continued support of WindReach Bermuda.
Erica Fulton, Executive Director, WindReach Bermuda, said “Tokio's sponsorship of both her organisation and Jessica was much appreciated.”
“Jessica started coming to WindReach when she was just five-years-old. She is a great example of what WindReach can provide to our community with special needs, by introducing sports and other recreational activities to those who may not have been given these opportunities otherwise.”