Rio 2016: Williams for Test Event


Trinidad and Tobago were lucky to capture a WAG Test Event slot. Both Thelma Williams and Marisa Dick competed for TTO, placing 59th and 77th respectively.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Council have confirmed that Thelma Williams, coached by John Geddert, will take the slot at the Test Event in April 2016.  :

After some confusion in the selection process, it was announced yesterday that national gymnast Thema Williams will represent T&T at the Rio Olympics Test event.

On the Isports programme on October 29, Williams’ mother Helen Adams addressed concerns about the selection process between her daughter and national gymnast Marisa Dick. Adams claimed that her daughter should have been selected to represent T&T at the Olympic Test Event in Rio, Brazil in April 2016 as she currently has a higher ranking than Dick. Williams and Dick both competed recently in the artistic women’s individual qualification at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, with Williams finishing 59th and Dick ending 77th overall.

Adams stated in the radio interview that the selection policy of the T&T Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) states, “The WAG (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) gymnast who scores the highest all-around score at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow 2015 will be the athlete selected by the TTGF Selection Committee to move forward to represent T&T at the Olympic Test Event in Rio, Brazil in April 2016 once her scores allow her selection by the International Federation of Gymnastics to this event.”

Adams was informed that her daughter and Dick will have to compete in two more events before it is determined who will represent T&T at the Olympic Test event. However, after numerous meetings held by the TTGF over the past week it was decided that Williams will represent T&T.

The post links to an article on The Guardian as a source, so there may be more to develop here.

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