With the help of the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA)—led by Chef de Mission,
Brenda Dale—the nine athletes we introduce you to in this article excel in a range
of sports, including athletics, sailing, equestrian, swimming and triathlon. The BOA
assists them through fund-raising initiatives, networking with international sporting
bodies and generally representing their rights and interests, offering them an effective means to amplify their profiles on the world stage. The athletes featured here
have all met the minimum standard for the BOA’s elite, which requires them to have
a four-year plan outlining their goals and a path to achieving those goals. The plan
must include competing in a minimum of four international competitions per year in
order to ensure maximum financial assistance from the organisation. To be selected
for this coveted bracket demands an incredible amount of work and self-discipline,
but ultimately pays off in the form of elite competition and truly global exposure. At
press time, Tyrone Smith, Tre Houston and Ceci Wollmann have met the minimum
standards set by their international federations, making them eligible to compete at
this summer’s Olympic Games in their respective disciplines.
The road to the Olympics is long and hard, but we’re rooting for these sons and daughters
of our soil every step of the way. Without further ado, here are 2016’s Olympic hopefuls.
Our athletes are our heroes, and since we so often
know them personally, this makes their respective
journeys and hardships all the more satisfying for
us when they’re victorious. Bermuda’s impressive
history of producing world-class athletes began
in 1936 when the first Olympic team competed in
Berlin. Since then, over 150 young men and women
from Bermuda have sought the same hard-won
goal: winning an Olympic medal.
In a close-knit community
like Bermuda, fewer things
are more unifying than sport.
Meet Bermuda’s elite nine who hope to go for the gold in Brazil this August.
By Charles Doyle
Our olympic hopefuls