Sunday, August 7, 2016

Jackson firefighter’s daughter competing in Brazil

JACKSON, Mississippi -- As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil have officially begun this weekend, there will be a Jackson connection competing during the games this year.

Jackson firefighter Donnie Lewis has a daughter who will compete in women’s track and field for Panama. Her name is Yvette, and Donnie is a proud dad. Yvette will compete in the 100-meter hurdles.

“My wife and I, we’re planning on going down there [next week] to be a part of it a few days and watch her compete,” Donnie said. “This is something Yvette has dreamed about all her life, and we can’t wait for her to compete.”

Yvette is Donnie’s daughter from a previous marriage, so she hasn’t spent much time living in Jackson.

“She came to live with us for a semester when she was in high school,” Donnie said. “She planned on staying longer and went to Jackson Central-Merry, but she wanted to be in a place that had more people and that moved faster. So she went back to live with her mother in Virginia.”


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