The Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) has finally confirmed Thema Williams as its choice for the 2016 Rio Olympics Test Event, via press release tonight.
“Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation has officially confirmed Ms Thema Williams (as per the press release of November 2015),” stated the TTGF release, “the FIG Elite Gymnast to participate and represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Aquece Final Gymnastics Qualifier which takes place 13 to 18 April 2016.”
The announcement comes five months after Williams presumed she had already qualified after she set a Trinidad and Tobago record at the October 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow.
Williams, who is recovering from a knee injury, will now go to Rio once she receives medical clearance.
There was no mention of a topless photograph of the 20 year old, which saw Williams referred to the TTGF’s Disciplinary Committee three weeks ago.
The local gymnastics body signed off on its release by congratulating Williams on her achievement and wishing her every success.
The decision means that Marisa Dick, who was nominated as the TTGF’s Gymnast of the Year despite Williams’ historic achievement, will only be called upon in case of injury.
And it, presumably, ends a drawn out and acrimonious period for the local end.
Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation has officially confirmed Ms Thema Williams (as per the press release of November 2015); the FIG Elite Gymnast to participate and represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Aquece Final Gymnastics Qualifier which takes place 13th to 18th April 2016.
Ms Williams qualified along with teammate Marisa Dick for the single Trinidad and Tobago country spot at the World Gymnastics Championships held in Glasgow, October 2015. Thema attained the highest score and the opportunity to represent Trinidad at the test event.
In accordance with the athlete agreement, both gymnasts must submit a medical report / clearance to compete, in the weeks leading up to the Test Event—to ensure their continued fitness.
In his 2016 January to March monthly reports, Williams’ coach John Geddert advised the Federation that the young gymnast has not yet been able to train landings because of a knee injury. This situation will be monitored closely to ensure that Thema will be competition ready for her Test Event.
The TTGF congratulates Thema Williams and wishes her continued success.