Dominican born, overseas based athlete Dillon Simon will participate in the upcoming Pan American Games being held in Lima, Peru. He will represent Dominica alongside Thea Lafond at the games scheduled to begin on July 26th.
Simon, a shot-putter, was coached by former national athlete Curtley Bynoe who passed away in February of this year.
In an interview with DBS Radio, when asked what his biggest challenge was, Simon responded that it was balancing the training program.
“ He [Bynoe] was in charge of my program,” Simon revealed.
He said he is trying his best to maximize the benefits of the program which was geared specifically toward his training for the games.
However, he revealed that training has been “going good”. He added that he has been training in weightlifting and technical throwing and that his body is responding well to the training.
Simon made it to the finals of the commonwealth games and says that his strategy is to simply go in and try to do better.
He will compete alongside Thea Lafond, a Domincan-born, triple jumper who has competed in the Summer Olympics and Commonwealth games. During an interview with DBS Radio, she revealed that she just had her best season yet and is “geared up and ready to go.”
Lafond is going into the PanAm games with the mindset to win, hopes of earning a medal, landing far jumps, having a dominant and healthy series and to enjoy herself.
DNO wishes the best of luck to the Dominican representatives.