It has been more than 40 years since Bermuda was represented in rowing at the Olympics, Shelley Pearson wants to change all that.
The Oxford University student has dreamed of competing on the world stage ever since she took up the sport at school, and has been working towards her goal ever since.
However, for a time it seemed as if the 24-year-old’s dream might remain just that.
A fractured pelvis, torn tendon and nine surgeries over the course of just two years to combat an aneurysmal bone cyst, meant she had to temper her expectations. Not an easy task for someone for whom life without the sport is almost unimaginable.
“I can remember the moment I fell in love with the sport,” Pearson said. “I felt all the athletes in the boat rowing in perfect harmony. It was as if we were gliding weightlessly on top of the water. The moment you’ve experienced that feeling, it’s what you constantly strive toward.”
Flora Duffy has all but secured qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Duffy is ranked twelfth in the ITU Olympic qualification list after a series of superb performances over the past two years, finishing seventh overall in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Considering she is almost guaranteed to be among the 55 elite women on the start line in Rio, Duffy said it was a huge relief to be able to prepare for her third Olympics without the burden of chasing qualification points.
It is a far cry from Duffy’s build-up to London 2012, when she sat in 47th position with three races remaining before the qualification deadline.
“Should the Olympics be tomorrow I would be on the start list, so that takes the pressure off,” she said.
“It’s huge for my preparation because it means I don’t need to be in top form by March, I can wait until August and have a slower build-up. That’s always better because you risk injury and illness if you’re pushing to get fit and travelling a lot to races to chase points.”
The Bermuda Olympic Association (“BOA”) today announced that BOA President, Judy Simons, was re-elected to the Executive Board of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (“CACSO”) at the 46th CACSO General Assembly meeting held in Barranquilla, Colombia on 14 November 2015.
Elected representatives will hold office until 2019. Mrs. Simons was first elected to the CACSO Board in 2011.
She is currently the only woman serving on the Board. Composition of the newly elected CACSO Board is as follows:
President Mr. Hector Cardona
1st VP Mr. Steve Stoute
2nd VP Mr. Carlos Padilla (MEX)
3rd VP Mr. Baltazar Medina (COL)
Treasurer Mr. Camilo Mamado (PAN)
1st Vocal Mrs. Judy Simons (BER)
2nd Vocal Mr. Salvador Jiminez (HON)
3rd Vocal Mr. Ruperto Herrera (CUB)
4th Vocal Mr. Christopher Samuda (JAM)
5th Vocal Mr. Hans Larsen (HAI)
Secretary Mr. Eduardo Alvarez (VEN)
CACSO is the regional sports federation which oversees the Central American and Caribbean Games (“CAC Games”), the oldest continuing regional games in the world. CASCO is celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2015.