I happened to be there when news broke that Canadian-born gymnast Marisa Dick would replace Thema. It was at the Olympic Test Meet in Rio.
We were surprised as Thema had looked healthy during Podium Training — in a striking gold leotard. No observable problems.
But her coach at the Games was John Geddert. He told the Federation Thema wasn’t ready enough. Trinidad had to fly the replacement in from Canada. Last minute.
FORMER national gymnast Thema Williams’s four-year battle for compensation, for the “biased and flawed” decision of the TT Gymnastics Federation to pull her out of the 2016 Olympic Games, came to an end at 2.20 pm on Thursday.
That was when the federation’s bankers, Republic Bank Ltd, delivered a cheque for $223,800.19 …
On November 26, 2018, Seepersad ruled Williams was entitled to $200,000 for loss of endorsements and other opportunities because of the federation’s “biased” and flawed decision to withdraw her from representing this country in the 2016 Rio Olympics. …Gymnastics Federation pays Thema Williams damages
Federations must have clear selection policies. And enforce them.
The ONLY good news from this disaster was that Marisa had a good competition. And did qualify Trinidad to the Olympics.