Reef Week 2012

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November 20, 2012
Belize City, Belize
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“I am excited about
completing the last segment of the Reef Ride, from Dangriga to Punta Gorda Town
later this month to coincide with the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day,”
says paraplegic cyclist Jerome Flores. 
“Shaphan ‘Bala’ Domingo of Hattieville has been in training with me and
plans to accompany me on this last leg of the Reef Ride.  Mr. Adrian Camara of Orange Walk Town has
also been training with us but due to health issues he might not be able to
complete the entire 104 miles route,” Flores adds.

Reef Ride 2012 starts from
Dangriga on the morning of  November 18th
and stops over in Independence, before continuing on to Punta Gorda Town on
November 19th, which is a national holiday commemorating the 1802 arrival
of the Garinagu to Belizean shores.

As in previous years, Jerome
says the Ride seeks to bring awareness to the plights of people living with
diverse abilities.  The Reef Ride also
brings attention to Oceana in Belize’s campaign for a ban on offshore oil
drilling due to its threat to Belize’s marine resource.  Additionally, as explained by Oceana Vice President
Mrs. Audrey Matura-Shepherd, “Sponsoring the Reef Ride is one way Oceana
participates in celebrations for Garifuna Settlement Day while giving positive
support to our Belizeans living with diverse abilities.  Jerome is an inspiration and it’s good to see
Shaphan has been inspired to join.”

This year Jerome is riding an
Invacare professional trike provided through US-based Challenged Athletes
Foundation.  This is an upgrade from the
do-it-yourself trike he had used in prior years and which has now been passed
on to Shaphan. 

Jerome recently participated
in the Orange Walk Town to Belize City segment of the Ride Across Belize as
part of his preparation for the Reef Ride. 
Beyond the Reef Ride, Jerome and team hope to represent Belize at the
2016 Para-Olympics in Rio de Janero, Brazil, following the Summer Olympics.  Jerome, Shaphan and Adrian have been training
for months now in preparation for this final stage of his ride across the
country.  Despite losing a leg earlier
this year, Jerome has remained committed to see it through and to arrive in
Punta Gorda in record time.