Bermuda’s Patty Petty has been selected as an ITU International Technical Official for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will mark Petty’s third appearance as an ITU Technical Official, but it would be her fourth times at the games as an Official. Her first games was 2004 Athens, Greece– Triathlon Team Manager for Bermuda/Athlete Tyler Butterfield, in 2008 Beijing, China she was an ITU Technical Official, she was also a ITU Technical Official for the 2012 London, England Games.
Cecilia Wollmann took the traditional plunge in the waters of Biscayne Bay after becoming Bermuda’s youngest sailor to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Wollmann, who was racing at the World Cup in Miami, punched her ticket after completing the Gold Fleet in the women’s Laser Radial as the top sailor from North America yet to qualify for the Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It was the final act of what has been a steady performance all week in variable and challenging conditions by Wollmann, who celebrated her eighteenth birthday just a week ago.
“It was such a relief to finish and have qualified,” Wollmann said. “It’s always nice to reach a goal that you have worked really hard for.
Rio bound: Wollmann and Cristian Noe, her coach, celebrate after the final race in Miami
Judy Simons, the Bermuda Olympic Association president, believes the Olympic Games in Rio will be a success despite health concerns stemming from the outbreak of the Zika virus and contaminated water in Rio.
“There are several issues within Rio itself,” Simons said. “But I know the International Olympic Committee are working very closely with the organising committee for the Rio team.
“I don’t doubt they are going to be good Olympics and at the end of the day I think our athletes will be fine and will do this country extremely proud.”
Still going: Wollmann has admitted having concerns about contaminated water in Rio