Community Gathers To Watch Local Compete In Tokyo Paralympics 

Image by Bronson Rasmussen / WNY News Now.

FALCONER – A local man’s attempt for gold in the Tokyo Paralympics Games was streamed live Saturday morning at Falconer Central School’s Bill Race Field, where the community gathered to cheer him on.  

Rayven Sample competed in the 400-meter final race on Saturday. 

“I think it puts this place on the map,” Tom Sample told WNY News Now. “People are going to look at that.”  

The athlete graduated from Cassadaga High School and participated in the Falconer/Cassadaga track team; where he stood out to coach Nick Spry. 

Image by Bronson Rasmussen / WNY News Now.

Sample was disqualified from the final race, but the community, including his former coach, believes that next time he will be stronger. 

“I know our goal just going into the games was to make finals, which he did,” said Spry. “Hopefully next Olympics I definitely think that his goal is going to try to get on the podium for one of those medals.” 


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