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.”