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Pan Am my best ever BOA chief

Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) president Judy Simons hailed the recently completed Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, as the best she had ever been to as an athlete or administrator.

Simons was in Mexico cheering on the local contingent in their respective events and gave rave reviews of the venues and people of the city who volunteered their services.

Having been to numerous Games since 1987, Simons had nothing but good things to say about Mexico and the overall running of the world’s third biggest Games, after the Commonwealth and the Olympics.

“To be honest, it was probably the best Pan Am Games I have ever been to, and that includes as an athlete,” said Simons. “The facilities and volunteers were first class and just the atmosphere, I have no complaints as the president of the BOA.

“I’ve been to quite a few both as an athlete in field hockey and also as an administrator and I must say this one was the best.”

The BOA chief was also pleased with how the local athletes performed while at the same time sympathising with equestrian Patrick Nisbett.

The rider had to endure tough times on board his horse Cantaro which wasn’t able to compete at its best, failing to make the final round of the show jumpers.

However, some Bermudians recorded personal bests, including swimmer Roy-Allan Burch and sprinter Tre Houston.

Nisbett’s equestrian team-mate Jill Terceira finished in eighth place in showjumping thus giving Bermuda a spot at next year’s Olympics.

“The side as a whole did extremely well, Tre (Houston) and Shianne (Smith) both hade personal bests in their events, Tyler (Butterfield) did a phenomenal job considering he was 29th out of the water and finished sixth and our bowlers also did well.

“Flora (Duffy) was disappointed with her performance in finishing eighth in her triathlon, but it was a good showing.

“Jill did well in the show jumping but Patrick had the worst luck of everyone and his poor horse was not able to compete to its full potential.

“To finish the course and compete how he did was really something special and he was focused on getting the job done regardless.

“The bowlers also performed well, although it was a lot different going from the CAC to the Pan Am Games where, for example, the Americans had a semi-pro team..

“Roy-Allan knocked some time off his Olympic time and Kiera (Aitken) was disappointed in how she did, but she is hopeful that come March in the Spain Nationals she will be ready and qualify for the Olympics.

“Malcolm finished tenth in tough conditions in the sailing to round off a good Games for the Island.”

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Published November 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated November 02, 2011 at 9:24 am)

Pan Am my best ever BOA chief

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