Roy Burch was a celebrity in Bermuda, a headline-making Olympian featured in roadside advertisements across the picturesque island.
In the pool, no one could catch him. But against the world’s best, Bermuda’s greatest swimmer was outmatched.
“As a Bermudian,” he says, “I’ve always been made to feel small, and I don’t like that.”
So in 2011, he moved to Charlotte to discover how good he could be.
Here, he saw an elite swim club on the rise, Olympic medal-winners to train with and a coach who could push him.
Burch’s plan paid off. By early 2015, he was on track to represent Bermuda in his third Olympics. This time, perhaps, with even a chance to medal.
His newfound speed was the result of hard work, of constantly trying to outdo his teammates – even in warmups. That’s what he was doing in March, dunking basketballs in the Queens University of Charlotte gym before practice. He felt especially strong that day.
Then, he went up for a dunk, his legs buckled and everything changed.
There will be plenty at stake for Cecilia Wollmann at this month’s Sailing World Cup Regatta in Miami.
The regatta is the final qualifier for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, where Wollmann hopes to represent the Island in the Laser Radial women’s fleet.
“The Sailing World Cup Regatta will host all Olympic classes and is the final qualifying regatta for North and South American countries in many classes,” Wollmann said.
“To qualify I would have to come top North American female, which has still yet to qualify. This category includes Cayman Islands, Cuba, St Lucia, Mexico and Trinidad.
Hamilton, Bermuda—8 January 2016: The Bermuda Olympic Association (“BOA”) today announced that Brenda Dale has been named Chef de Mission to lead the Bermuda Olympic Team at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 August to 21 August 2016. In this role, Ms. Dale will be responsible for preparing the Team for attendance at the Games, overseeing the athletes’ participation and conduct, and ensuring they have access to the resources and support they need to perform their best in Rio.
Ms. Dale, a Bermudian, is currently AVP, Wellness at BF&M. She has more than 30 years experience in sports coaching, consulting and administration in both Canada and Bermuda. She served as Sports Advisor for the Ministry of Youth & Sports from 1989 to 1994, and as Chairperson for the Government’s Women in Sport Committee from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Dale has been a member of the Board of the BOA since 2008, and a Vice President of the BOA since 2012.
Judy Simons, BOA President, said, “As a coach who has dedicated her time to a number of girls’ sports in Bermuda, and as a BOA executive and Board Member, Brenda is well known to our athletes as a friend, supporter and champion of their journeys. As an experienced administrator, she is well equipped to help our athletes navigate the hectic and sometimes challenging environment of a major international sporting festival. She is the right choice to lead the Team, and I know they will be in good hands as they strive to deliver their best performances in Rio.”
Ms. Dale said, “I am honoured to be Bermuda’s Chef de Mission for the Rio Games. I look forward to working with our athletes, their coaches and the rest of the Team to show the world the amazing athletic talent we have in Bermuda. I feel that my background as a coach, and my experience in sport and public administration, as well as my involvement in the Olympic movement over the last eight years have prepared me well for this challenge. I thank the BOA for the opportunity to help represent Bermuda on the world stage, and thank BF&M and my family for their support.”