Grim is the name, but not the outlook
In a touching visual tribute to Jamol "Grim" Pilgrim, Nez, a local photographer and regular contributor to 365antigua.com submitted a stunning collage. Who exactly is Grim? He's a person that should make all of us who say "No, can't do it", think again.
Pilgrim was involved in a tragic car accident a few years ago and ended up losing his right leg. He could have griped and groaned about the loss of his quality of life, but he did something short of miraculous in qualifying for the 2012 US Paralympics Track & Field Nationals in Miramar, Florida.
Check out Jamol in a 100m race from last summer. Oh, and he does 200m too. Man, we're feeling mighty lazy right now.
Here is Jamol's official biography...
Jamol Pilgrim was born on the 24th of January 1991 to Mr. Nigel Pilgrim and Mrs. Anne-Marie Pilgrim. He attended the Baptist Academy Primary School, and later pursued a secondary education at the Antigua Grammar School. During his high school years, Jamol developed a passion for track and field, and at the age of sixteen he ran 10.8 second in the 100m race, which is his fastest time to date. After graduating high school in 2008, Jamol continued to train, in the hopes of one day being able to compete in the Olympics.
However, on the 22nd November 2009, Jamol was seriously injured in a tragic car accident which took place on Friars Hill Rd in Antigua. He sustained multiple injuries, one of which was so severe that it resulted in his right leg being amputated above the knee. After months of recovery, and having to adjust to his new life as an amputee, Pilgrim was still determining to fulfill his dreams of someday being able to compete in the Olympics.
In the summer of 2010, approximately seven months after the accident, Jamol was fitted with his first prosthetic leg at an elite prosthetic company, A Step Ahead Prosthetics and Orthotics in Long Island, New York. After a couple weeks of physical therapy and learning how to walk again, the determined individual was then fitted with his first prosthetic running leg. Only two months of training had passed when he took part in the Sandals Foundation Half Marathon in Antigua. On May 22nd 2011, Jamol got the opportunity to get an official International Paralympic Committee certified time for the 100m and 200m events. This was his first track and field competition as an amputee since the accident. He ran a remarkable time of 14.62 seconds.
Later that year , Jamol competed in his second race in Miami Florida, where he ran 15.0 seconds, and took 4th place amongst the eight fastest amputees in the world in his class. With his amazing performance thus far, he met the “A” Standard International Paralympics committee qualifications time for the men 100 meters sprint, and the “B” Standard for the men’s 200 meters sprint to qualify for 2012 Paralympics in London. With his recent accomplishment, Jamol has become an inspiration to many in Antigua & Barbuda. He also gave several motivational speeches to school students and aspiring athletes about his life and how he has turned such a negative situation into a positive one. Today, Jamol is currently ongoing extensive endurance, power and strength training, in preparation for London this year. With his determination and drive, Jamol continues to prove that you can achieve anything once you put your mind to it.
Straight from Jamol himself... "a special thanks to A Step Ahead Prosthetics & Orthotics -”live life without limitations", Digicel - "the bigger, better network" and Xtreme Health & Fitness they need to be mentioned...and my motto is "No Ceilings".
We look forward to following Jamol in his coming achievements this year. 365antigua.com wishes all the best for him in 2012.