Friends and family gathered at the BUEI to honor former Secretary General of the Bermuda Olympic Association Phillip Guishard.
Known to sporting communities across the world, Guishard was involved with sports both personally and professionally – as a prominent road runner in the 1980s and throughout his career as sports development officer for the Government of Bermuda and secretary general of the Bermuda Olympic Association.
He loved sports and wanted to nurture that passion in others; especially our island’s young people, serving on the National Junior Athlete sponsorship committee as well as other sporting committees and clubs.
In 2012 Guishard was elected to the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Committee as the representative for the Americas Region.
Prior to becoming Secretary General in 2008, Guishard had served as a member of the BOA for 12 years.
During his involvement with the BOA, Guishard also served as Chef de Mission for the Bermuda teams at several Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, and was the BOA’s representative on the Bermuda Sport Anti-Doping Authority (BSADA).
Bermuda Olympic Association President Judy Simons said, “Philip’s knowledge of the Olympic movement was amazing. He had a passion for the Games and believed strongly in the benefits that sporting involvement by our young people could bring to their lives and to our community.
As an athlete himself, Philip had admiration and empathy for our country’s young athletes, and was an enthusiastic fan and a voice of support for all of them.”
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Duffy Wins Grand Final Rotterdam
Flora Duffy has won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam Championships and in doing so she has repeated as the World Triathlon Series Champion.
Duffy has become the first woman to win six World Triathlon Series events in the same year breaking the tie she had with Gwen Jorgensen of the United States who won five races during the 2014 Season.
Duffy clocked a winning time of 1:58:38, she finished with the Bermuda Flag in hand and 54 seconds ahead of Katie Zaferes from the USA. Jessica Learmonth from Great Britain finished third 2:17 back.
Duffy said of her win: “I am pretty reluctant to ever say you can have a perfect race, but I would say today went just how I wanted it to. I had a great swim and set myself up perfectly for the bike. I tried to play it safe on the bike because there is so much on the line and then on the run I felt pretty strong, so I wanted to go for it. Yeah, it was a great day. I just try to make it a swim, bike and run. Not a swim, get through the bike and then onto the run. So maybe it is forcing everyone to be really good at all three, but that is how I want to race a triathlon, I just love to race.”
Thursday, September 14, 2017
2024 & 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games Announced
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach hailed the historic decision to officially award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles as "extraordinary" after the tripartite agreement was ratified during the Session here today.
Bach claimed it was harder to imagine a better scenario for the IOC, Paris and Los Angeles than giving the two cities an edition of the Olympics and Paralympics.
It came after the Session rubber-stamped the agreement between the two cities and the IOC by a show of hands.
The decision was unanimous as none of the 80 members present and eligible to take part went against the vote.
Bach presented Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo with cards displaying Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.
The Host City Contracts for the 2024 and 2028 Games were then signed by both cities.
The ratification of the agreement came after it was approved at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne in July, paving the way for the IOC to award two editions of the Games at the same time.
"This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC," Bach said.
"It is hard to imagine something better.
"Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary.
"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history.
"Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way."
Thursday, September 14, 2017
BSA Withdraw from Wushu Championships
Woolridge, Dyer & Bowen
The Bermuda Sanshou Association (BSA) has been forced to withdraw from the 14th World Wushu Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia from September 26 – October 4th.
There are a number of contributing factors for the withdrawal with the main reason being “a very expensive venture with very little resource for funding.”
The visa application process is very involved and required going to London driving up costs even more. The Bermuda Team was dealt the initial blow when appointed Team Captain Reyel Bowen had to withdraw due to work commitments.
Athletes Sentwali Woolridge and Krista Dyer were hoping to compete in the biggest event on the Wushu calendar but news from government indicating that there are no funds available to assist with the costs dashed any hopes of being able to make the trip.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Browne & Franklin Compete in Pam Am Championships
Bermuda’s Two Professional Squash players Noah Browne and Micah Franklin recently took part in the Men's Pan American Championship 2017, at the Tortugas Country Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Both players received First Round Bye’s.
In the Second Round Franklin took on Rafael Alarcon from Brazil and needed five games to advance 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 6-11, 11-3.
Browne was not as fortunate he took on Juan Pablo Roude from Argentina and went down in straight games 11-4, 11-9, 11-7.
Franklin would then take on the Tournament number 5 seed Josue Enriquez from Guyana and this went five games, but Franklin would come up on the wrong side of the scoreline in the 66 minute battle 6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9.