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Dicks dispute Rio trip timeline; ‘new evidence’ in unfolding gymnastics saga

Trinidad and Tobago international gymnast Marisa Dick and her mother, Hannifer Dick, are now refuting information published in an Edmonton Journal article, which claimed that the athlete began her trip to Rio de Janeiro at 9 pm (Alberta time) on Friday April 15.

Dick (H) said today that the duo actually began their journey at 11 pm instead.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes on the floor exercise in the women's artistic gymnastics team event at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada on 12 July 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Kevin Van Paassen)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes on the floor exercise in the women’s artistic gymnastics team event at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada on 12 July 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Kevin Van Paassen)

“We were at Fort McMurray at the competition gym and when we got back to the house (of our host) at 10.30 pm,” Dick (H) told Wired868, “we got a call saying there was a possibility that she would be going to the olympics. And I said we would not be going anywhere until we knew for sure.

“And at about 10.49, I got the second phone call saying that this is definitely happening so pack your bags.”

The timeline is significant. The new proposed departure time of 11 pm from Fort McMurray, Alberta equates to 1 am in Trinidad and Tobago and 2 am in Brazil.

Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) president David Marquez informed Thema Williams’ coach, John Geddert, that the local body had decided to replace his athlete with her alternate, Dick, at 12.27 am on Saturday morning, which was 10.27 pm in Edmonton and 1.27 am in Rio.

Dick (H) said she and her daughter first heard from the TTGF approximately three minutes after Marquez gave Geddert the bad news.

The initial timeline given by the Journal would have meant that the TTGF gave the Dicks the green light to head to Rio about an hour and a half before they officially axed Williams.

Photo: Thema Williams of Trinidad And Tobago competes on the uneven bars during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on 23 October 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Andy Buchanan)
Photo: Thema Williams of Trinidad And Tobago competes on the uneven bars during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on 23 October 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Andy Buchanan)

Dick (H) provided Wired868 with a receipt for fuel and coffee on 2nd Street, Wandering River, Alberta at 11.53 pm (Alberta time) on April 15, which she felt confirmed her story.

Google Maps calculates the distance between the Norfort gym at Fort McMurray and 2nd Street, Wandering River as 204 km and gave the drive time without traffic as 1 hour and 50 minutes. Dick (H) said she shaved an entire hour off the Google drive time and completed that stretch in just 53 minutes.

“I was flying so I wont be surprised if, when I get back, I have a photo radar ticket,” said Dick (H).

However, if the Dicks left at 9 pm, it would mean she was slower than the estimated Google drive time to the Wandering River gas station by about an hour.

An article in Canada’s Globe and Mail referred to the stretch of highway between Fort McMurray and Wandering River as “Suicide 63”, “Highway of Death” and “Hell’s Highway.”

Statistics showed 2,457 accidents along the route, between 2002 to 2010, with 66 fatalities. Just 5.6 percent of drivers had consumed alcohol and 28.9 percent were traveling at an unsafe speed.

Photo: Canadian mourners protest at the site of a fatal accident on Highway 63. (Copyright Edmonton Journal)
Photo: Canadian mourners protest at the site of a fatal accident on Highway 63.
(Copyright Edmonton Journal)

And, according to “Coalition for a safer 63/881”, 40 percent of accidents on Highway 63 involve wildlife.

So, on April 15, was Dick (H) speeding along the highway, as she tried to ensure that her daughter, Marisa, got a shot at an Olympic spot? Or was she driving slowly, out of respect for the fierce reputation of the highway?

Journal editor Dan Barnes could not be of much help. He confirmed Dick’s coach, Anita Pelletier, told him on Monday that the teenager left for Rio at 9 pm on Friday April 15. And Pelletier would know since Marisa called her to ask if she could join her in Rio—the Canadian, who was one of Marisa’s two coaches, could not go since she would have needed a visa.

However, Barnes told Wired868 that Pelletier emailed him last night, on April 21, and reversed her initial statement. After three days, Pelletier said she miscalculated the Dicks departure time by two whole hours. And, instead, she said they actually left for Rio at 11 pm (Alberta time).

The tale changed too.

A gymnastics insider initially said the Dicks were at the Alberta Provincial competition when they got the remarkable news.

“I’ve never had a gymnast called on a moment’s notice from one meet to go compete at another meet,” Pelletier told the Journal, “let alone halfway across the world.”

Photo: Hannifer Dick's gas receipt on 14 April 2016. The 2nd Street station in Wandering River was 204 km away from the Fort McMurray meet that the Dicks attending that day. (Courtesy Hannifer Dick)
Photo: Hannifer Dick’s gas receipt on 14 April 2016.
The 2nd Street station in Wandering River was 204 km away from the Fort McMurray meet that the Dicks attending that day.
(Courtesy Hannifer Dick)

After questions were raised about the timeline of Dick’s dash, the gymnastics source explained that they did not leave the gym until 11 pm.

However, the final event at the Alberta Provincial ended at 9 pm on April 17 and Marisa was due to compete on the following morning at 8 am. So why would the Dicks still be there at 11 pm?

At I95.5 FM this evening, Marisa reiterated that the call to head to Rio came from TTGF assistant treasurer. Donna Lue Shue at around 10.30 pm (Alberta time).

“I was at a competition at Fort McMurray,” Marisa told radio host Andre Baptiste, about the TTGF call.

However, Dick (H) told Wired868 they were not at the meet at all but at the home of their host when Marquez’s call came. It was not necessarily a contradiction. But it did not clear things up beyond a shadow of a doubt either.

The elder Dick lamented the negativity around Trinidad and Tobago’s gymnastics in recent months.

“Right from the World Championships to now, it has been very sad because two beautiful girls have been very affected by the media,” said Dick (H). “As a parent all you want to do is protect your children… A lot of people don’t know the actual facts.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnasts Thema Williams (right) and Marisa Dick pose for a photograph while sightseeing in Rio, after the Olympic Test event on 17 April 2016. (Courtesy Hannifer Dick)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnasts Thema Williams (right) and Marisa Dick pose for a photograph while sightseeing in Rio, after the Olympic Test event on 17 April 2016.
(Courtesy Hannifer Dick)

She shared photographs of her daughter and Williams sightseeing in Rio, last week, and insisted that there was no animosity between the pair.

But was is the media—rather than the TTGF—that was responsible for the ongoing gymnastics scandal?

Former TTGF coaching board representative Dale Ali, who resigned yesterday in protest against the board’s actions, claimed the local gymnastics body might have hurt Dick more than Williams.

“The whole country would have been celebrating (Trinidad and Tobago getting a gymnastics spot in the Olympics) but (the TTGF) destroyed that,” Ali told Wired868, “and you mashed up Marisa more than Thema. The country hates Marisa and it is not her fault. She is a pawn.

“Of course she wants to go to the Olympics and she wants to beat Thema. You are fighting for your spot. But that is healthy and it is the same in every gymnastics team in the world.

“So Marisa is not to blame. If anything, John (Geddert) opened the door for them (with his training report that criticised Williams’ training performance on Friday).”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick (centre) was accompanied by five police officers at the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) press conference on 20 April 2016 at the Chamber of Commerce in Westmoorings. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick (centre) was accompanied by five police officers at the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) press conference on 20 April 2016 at the Chamber of Commerce in Westmoorings.
(Courtesy Wired868)

But Dick (H) refused to assign any blame to the local gymnastics body.

“I think (the TTGF) has always tried to be fair as far as I can see,” said Dick (H). “We are now at a level where both girls are known internationally and there is (a third gymnast) Khazia (Hislop) who is also very strong.

“Everybody learns as we go along.”

Dick (H) was six years old when she migrated to Canada with her parents and siblings. Her father, John Mohammed, was a draughtsman. The Mohammeds landed in Toronto before they moved to Ontario, Montreal and then Alberta.

Hannifer first fell in love with gymnastics during the Montreal 1976 Olympics when she watched Romanian gymnast Nadia Elena Comăneci win three individual gold medals. At 13, she started doing gymnastics at elementary school in Alberta.

When Marisa was born, the second of her two children, Dick (H) took her to Parent and Tot gymnastics in Canada when she was just two years old.

Marisa was 14 when her mother decided to have her represent Trinidad and Tobago—a country she had visited just once before.

Photo: Tobago Heritage Dance Performers strut their stuff at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet during the 2015 Legends Football tournament. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Tobago Heritage Dance Performers strut their stuff at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet during the 2015 Legends Football tournament.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“The (TTGF) president was Ricardo Lue Shue and we went online and found him,” said Dick (H). “We sent Marisa’s video and we were very fortunate that they decided to take a closer look at us… It turned out to be the best thing ever.”

At yesterday’s TTGF press conference, Marisa shared her excitement about securing a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“I was really proud that Trinidad is going to be represented, whether it was myself or Thema,” said Marisa. “It is just that gymnastics is a growing sport in Trinidad and Tobago and the Olympics is the biggest thing…

“Trinidad will be represented in the Olympics. It is just really exciting.”

But what about Williams and the controversy about how she was removed so Marisa could compete?

Dick (H) did not want to say much about that but suggested that she was satisfied with the procedure used.

“I don’t know anything about that,” said Dick (H). “There is a lawyer (Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj) and any of those legal questions has to go through that way. I wasn’t privy to any of that information.

“To me, I would think they followed proper procedure and tried to take care of everyone.”

Photo: TTOC president Brian Lewis (right) and NAAA president Ephraim Serrette. (Courtesy NAAA/LoopTT)
Photo: TTOC president Brian Lewis (right) and NAAA president Ephraim Serrette.
(Courtesy NAAA/LoopTT)

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) will have the final say on whether Marisa goes on to the Rio Olympics. Dick (H) bristled at the mention of the TTOC.

“If you take that Olympic place away, it hurts the programme,” said Dick (H). “I don’t know what that will do to us in the eyes of the world.

“Everybody is watching us because of what happened.”

Dick (H) has asked her daughter to avoid social media, although she made reference to mischievous plays on their surname rather than threats of violence.

“I told her to stay off (the social media) because I don’t want this hurting her,” said Dick (H). “It is painting a bad light for everyone here. They are taking something that was so positive…

“I don’t know who the people are that are making jokes of her last name. Her special move is not a ‘Dick Mount’. It is called ‘the Marisa Dick’…

“You should never ever hurt children. When you get to my age you know how to shrug stuff off but  that comes with maturity and they are just getting started. All of this has been hard on Marisa.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnasts Thema Williams (right) and Marisa Dick have fun sightseeing in Rio, after the Olympic Test event on 17 April 2016. (Courtesy Hannifer Dick)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnasts Thema Williams (right) and Marisa Dick have fun sightseeing in Rio, after the Olympic Test event on 17 April 2016.
(Courtesy Hannifer Dick)

Dick (H) urged the public to work with the TTGF.

“Don’t give up on the Federation because everything has a way of working out,” she said. “Stay strong behind the three girls—and I’m counting Khazia in the US. If there is an opportunity for the three of them to compete as a team that would be amazing.”

Marisa insisted that she was thrilled to represent Trinidad and Tobago and looked forward to show off a new mount at the Olympics.

“That is my biggest goal right now, to get that other skill named after me at the Olympics,” Marisa told I95.5 FM.

There was a robust questions and answers segment on I95.5FM.

One caller asked why, if the TTGF was in constant contact with head of delegation Nicole Fuentes, did nobody ask Fuentes to get Williams’ coach, Geddert, on the phone immediately before they made the critical decision?

Neither TTGF general secretary Elicia Peters Charles nor Lue Shue could answer.

Another caller asked about Marisa’s Instagram post, which said: “I may be a Trinidadian out on the floor but I’m still Canadian at heart.”

Photo: An old Instagram post by Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick. (Courtesy Melissa Grant)
Photo: An old Instagram post by Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick.
(Courtesy Melissa Grant)

Marisa said her words were taken out of context, although she admitted that she regretted the way she said it.

“Obviously when you say things, you don’t expect the entire world to pick apart what you say,” said Marisa. “I think people are taking what they want from that. If I didn’t want to compete for Trinidad and I wasn’t passionate about it, I wouldn’t be here.

“My results have proven that I do want to compete for Trinidad.”

And what about the fact that Marisa was allowed to represent Trinidad and Tobago with dislocated ribs at the Glasgow 2015 World Championships while the TTGF insisted on removing Williams from the Rio Test event because of a sore ankle?

“That was her call back in Scotland,” said TTGF second vice president Ricardo Lue Shue, who acted as stand-in coach for Marisa at the Olympic Test event.

“I knew there was two of us there so,” said Marisa, about the World Championship, “so I knew, even if I fell, Thema was there to do the job.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Williams was in line to be Trinidad and Tobago's first gymnast to perform at an Olympic Games. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Williams was in line to be Trinidad and Tobago’s first gymnast to perform at an Olympic Games.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Another caller wanted to know why Marisa was allowed to make the call to perform with an injury at the World Games whereas Williams did not get the same opportunity in Rio.

She was cut off, as the I95.5 FM hosts suggested that question was already adequately answered.

Someone else asked whether there was financial impropriety at the TTGF, as evidenced by a lack of financial audits over the last eight years.

“We used to do audits until they stopped that practice about eight years ago,” said Lue Shue, who was president for those eight years before becoming vice-president in 2015. “We are not a bank.”

Peters-Charles contradicted her fellow board member and former president.

“We do audits every year,” said the TTGF general secretary. “Montgomery Accountants are our auditors.”

Another caller asked whether the TTGF board members felt the need to resign, due to their handling of the Olympic qualifying situation.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation second vice president and former president Ricardo Lue Shue (left) shakes hands with SPORTT Company official Anthony Creed. Lue Shue will act as Marisa Dick's coach in Brazil. (Courtesy SPORTT)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation second vice president and former president Ricardo Lue Shue (left) shakes hands with SPORTT Company official Anthony Creed.
Lue Shue will act as Marisa Dick’s coach in Brazil.
(Courtesy SPORTT)

“I think we have a lot to accomplish still,” said Lue Shue. “(But) we have an AGM coming up.”

Ali, who is the president of the Olympia Gymnastics Club, insisted that the TTGF board has no fear of AGMs or elections.

“If you call for a fresh elections now, they will still be there,” Ali told Wired868. “There is a 95 percent chance that everyone will end back in the same position. The public needs to understand that.

“The constitution says once you have 10 members and a constitution you have a club; and the president’s interpretation of the constitution is final. And schools count as full clubs too, so the federation can start a program in any school and register them as a club.

“Then what happened before is they were allowed to vote by proxy and the same board members would act as presiding officers and come in and say they have such and such amount of proxy votes and we would not even get to see them.

“That was only changed in the constitution this year.”

Photo: Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) meets with TTGF president David Marquez and his executive committee in 2015. (Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)
Photo: Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) meets with TTGF president David Marquez and his executive committee in 2015.
(Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)

Ali said the TTGF had mediation with attorney Elton Prescott SC, who pointed to several things that needed to be changed in the constitution and recommended a fresh start with an interim committee. But the board ignored the suggestions.

He said several clubs including Olympia and Tots and Tumblers boycotted in an attempt to force change last year. But he claimed it did not faze them in the least, as they put on a supposedly watered down competition.

“They have nothing to lose,” said Ali. “They don’t do gymnastics for a living. They are not stakeholders. They tell you all the time that this is a voluntary position and we say to them that this is our livelihood…

“They don’t care about local gymnastics. There are 500 athletes who are training hard just like Marisa and Thema. But there is nothing being done for them.”

Photo: United States head coach John Geddert (right) hugs gymnast Gabrielle Douglas at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Geddert trains Trinidad and Tobago gymnast, Thema Williams, at his gym in Michigan. (Courtesy Desert News)
Photo: United States head coach John Geddert (right) hugs gymnast Gabrielle Douglas at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Geddert trains Trinidad and Tobago gymnast, Thema Williams, at his gym in Michigan.
(Courtesy Desert News)

Ali suggested that Geddert should bear responsibility for providing the TTGF with a training report that it could exploit.

“John is supposed to know the lingo of these people and how they think,” said Ali. “All elite athletes are injured. Ninety-nine percent of my gymnasts are injured because muscles tear all the time and people ice every day.

“It was not an injury like she fell or so. They made it sound different and worse than it was. But John should have known how these people think.

“You don’t put words like disaster in your report. You just gave them ammunition. But what he reported is normal.”

Peters-Charles was defiant and unrepentant.

“We did what we had to do and I have no regrets,” said the TTGF general secretary. “We did not have any ulterior motives. We did what we had to do.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation officials (from right) Ricardo Lue Shue, Elicia Peters-Charles and David Marquez pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (second from right). (Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation officials (from right) Ricardo Lue Shue, Elicia Peters-Charles and David Marquez pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (second from right).
(Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)

Through it all, Marisa remained upbeat and optimistic and vowed not to be dismayed by the criticism or the questioning of her love for the “Red, Black and White.”

“I am trying to bring light to Trinidad and Tobago gymnastics and it is tough to hear people say you should not be competing for us,” Marisa told I95.5 FM. “But I just have to remember why I came here since the beginning…”

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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178 comments

  1. This thing stinks to high heaven.

  2. In this information age you are hearing all the underhanded acts the TTGF used so that you dick was selected and you think their process was fair. Shame on you. You are not qualify to represent sweet TnT.

  3. Pelf is nothing to enjoy. Receiving stolen goods is a crime.

  4. Steups I cant with the dicks!!!!

  5. I find its about time we let this go because if we keep fighting it no one will represent us in gymnastics and they don’t look like they about to reverse any decisions made.

  6. Check for accident reports on the highway during her flight. Check to see if a helicopter was used.

  7. We’ve been hearing about Thema Williams since she was about seven or eight…..she’s represented this country with honor for years….it’s an insult and disrespect to her to be treated like a dog by the ttgf just bcuz someone comes along with a lighter complexion and an American accent….shame on u ttgf…God don’t sleep

  8. Ah ha tanka Lanka..Lanka it seems the vice president tapping somebody……personal coach huh???

  9. Interesting how the coach Anita retracted her statement that they left at 9pm then changed it to 11pm as soon as the sht hit the fan here. And she was the same coach and acting as the Head of Delegation for TT in Scotland, who let Marisa compete with a dislocated rib at Worlds where Thema beat her. Maybe it wasn’t that bad though, maybe it was just an excuse for why Thema won. And Marisa’s other coach was arrested on a flight into Trinidad last year. Sounds like some interesting characters not just in the TTGF but in Canada coaching her. Will they be part of any investigation? They are all just changing their stories and lying. Who is paying for those Canada coaches – TT funding?

  10. Wayne Caesar Do you really feel that the board and the Dicks will ever put themselves in Thema’s position eh, because in our sweet country and Canada, America, and England the white folks always comes first and our black people will always be second class citizens in their eyes eh, and trust me when I say that this madness even takes place at the United Nations where I also experienced it first hand because I was also employed there for many years. Them really good yes

  11. The more I hear from, and, about this board, makes my belief stronger that they should be removed with immediate effect. (I know they can’t be because of procedures). I am asking the board and the Dicks to put themselves in Thema’s position. Just listening to them, they apparently believe that “THEY DESERVE A MEDAL”.

  12. And for those who think she is without blame. She says she never competed for canada…
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153555428139499&id=509744498

    What is this then?

    It’s the insult to my intelligence that Pisses me off.
    I don’t have to care about a person to know that right is right and wrong is wrong. They were wrong. I never met Thema, but I know that no human being deserves that kind of treatment. It’s bullying plain and simple and I will back her up forever…

  13. Dicks in….Williams out!!!

  14. And it seems that many of the accidents are caused by speeding or driving under the influence of the poison call alcohol the same like in our sweet country eh, so we really have something in common. Them really good yes.

  15. In our efforts to discredit and give credit, let us produce legitimate evidence. Incorrect evidence could be detrimental to all.. The Score Sheet show was from 2011. I would think an organized gymnast body would have their athletes selected and in training,since last year (2015). It is advisable that the TTGF check the Canadian gymnast website and take heed.

  16. Alyuh know what is amazing eh, the only time alyuh “Trinis” want to know about the financial audits/ accounting books, is when these corrupted people is finally exposed eh, imagine no financial audits in more than eight years as mentioned eh, this sounds like the same thing that was happening with the corrupted TTFA for maybe years while the corrupted Jack Warner and his cronies were getting rich very quietly until they all was exposed when my Soca Worries 13 players took them to court for their well deserve monies in 2006 eh, and the magistrate told them (The corrupted TTFA) that they must return to court with their accounting books and of course which they never did eh, because apparently they had none or just didn’t want to be exposed as to the millions of monies that has been passing thru the corrupted TTFA eh, for many years now well today the present president Mr. David John-williams I was told said that the financial audits will always be given to Mr. Live Wire Lasana Liburd so that we can see if the corrupted TTFA is always telling us the “TRUTH” that they are always strap for funds. Them really good yes.

  17. Where are the financial audits? How much money did Ms Dick receive for elite funding? How long has she had a T&T Passport. Who ordered five of our police officers to guard Ms Dick?

  18. How many people think if Marisa had a guaranteed spot on the Canadian team she would compete for Trinidad?

    How many people think if Chris Birchall had a guaranteed spot on the English team he would compete for Trinidad?

  19. Well here’s the tryout sheet that proves Dick did try out and did not make the cut. Check the timelines. ????. Lasana ah feel this can add credence to your comment above.

    News coming to light anonymously from a coach. The foreigners are following the story. And they are speaking up! Marisa and her mother and her Canadian coach are all involved and culpable.
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  20. My forehead is about to grow a new furrow ?

  21. The continuous adding of fragile blocks to an already unstable foundation will soon give way to a disaster. What is so appalling is that it seems that sporting bodies in Trinidad and to some extent the Caribbean (WICB) have persons at the helm who are more concerned to advancing their own selfish agendas than to the sport itself. My fear is that this bodes a sore disadvantage to the current and potential athletes as there seems to be no true organisations that are dedicated to seeking their interests.

  22. The holes in this story….

  23. I’m late but why in God’s name can’t they send them both? put an end to this BS

    • “Countries that finish 17th-24th in the qualification (CI) competition at the World Championships will have the right to send two individuals to the Test Event. Gymnasts from nations outside the top 24 teams, according to their individual classifications in the same qualifying competition, will have the right to send a single gymnast to the Test Event.”

    • cheers, so the BS continues

  24. Well well well….. and the plot thickens

  25. I was inboxed by someone who claimed to be from Fort McMurray (their Facebook profile seemed to confirm that) who wanted to make comment.
    This is an excerpt: … I was born and raised in Ft McMurray ( check my facebook timeline) i know that highway 63 , like the back of my hand…….it is a dangerous highway and not easy to FLY down it, one of the reason why is due to the FACT that on a FRIDAY night the traffic on this highway is congested and busy, shift workers leaving work for the weekend , heavy traffic is also due to the fact its the only hiway going in and out of mcmurray, because it is the heart of the Oilsands their is alot of big tractor trailers ect that are up and down the highway. Its called the highway of death for a reason you CANNOT speed on that highway with out risking you life, so i will go on record and say this is a bold face lie, another reason i can say that is , here its is , my child is a competitive gymnast (young man) our club was at that provincial championship we had gymnasts that were in the last session, it finished just before 9, there was NO PODIUM training after that , athletes are not allowed on competition floor once meet is completed, the only people left were volunteers cleaning the mats , it was CLOSED…
    (Obviously I cannot confirm this btw)

  26. A new controversy facing the T&T Gymnastics Federation: No financial audit in more than eight years? Insiders say they have been querying this for years but have not been given a proper explanation. TV6 News has obtained documents that appear to show that the federation, at its annual general meeting last year, tried to phase out financial audits. http://www.tv6tnt.com/sevenpm-news/New-Gymnastics-Federation-Controversy-376648131.html

  27. ..All this timeline business is nonsense. Williams was victimized by a biased board. Dick is the beneficiary of a Machiavellian plot to victimize Williams. All else is detail..

    • The only adjustment I’d state is that she is not a bystanding beneficiary. Her benefit was the PURPOSE of the victimisation, and I maintain that she and Mommy Dearest were entirely complicit in the whole affair.

  28. They moving like a previous govrrnment

  29. Wouldn’t phone records be more accurate than gas bills and a possible speeding ticket?

  30. Trying to win over the public…sorry damage has already been done…

  31. Dick don’t care about Trinidad and Tobago all she care is about herself. I say send no one!!!

  32. And as an aside. I hope this incident fuels some patriotism from Trinidad and Tobago’s public. Concerning sports we provide precious little support to our athletes but we love to bump our gums on social media.

    Majority of sporting events in this country the crowds are little. Too often hard working athletes giving their all for T&T perform in front of empty arenas….

    I remember vividly th 2006 campaign….most of the games stadium was half empty the public were crying down the team as no good. As soon as the tables turned everyone became a soca warrior…smmfh. I know because I go…countless football, cricket, national athletics championships, hampton games (imagine our olympic athletes often come here to perform for a stadium with sometimes as little as 1500 ppl) table tennis and netball games and salt.

    All this passion and anger is useless and a bunch of bandwaggonist talk if the next gymnastics championships there is only standing room

    Quarrelling about best for the athlete when you by your behaviour dont give a rat’s behind about the athlete is hollow as hell…

  33. All the people resigning now are a waste…they sat back for years while the lushues and marquez ran shit to the ground…But public glare and they are now taking principled decisions…gtfoh.

  34. The TTGF have created such a monster of a situation…Now all and sundry with a court case looming have to get their ducks in a row (which would be ramesh guru lawyer advice i am sure).

    This will create more anger…but from their side its the only logical thing to do. Stories hadda get straight.

    This is a lose lose situation and I agree with Lasana, Thema’s coach, Dave Ali etc…the comments against Marisa Dick specifically are pretty much uncalled for.

    John Geddert inadvertently dropped the ball…his words ring hollow to me. If Thema did flawless routines right after the six falls why did he say nothing about it?

    Its normal in a report to only speak of the negative things your athlete did and nothing positive?

    And him saying the TTGF questioned an independent doctor was also hogwash since that doctor is on the school he owns payroll.

    Marquez, Lushue et all are a bunch of snakes. International school distanced themselves from them but did not fire them (empty talk for me)…

    I feel for Brian Lewis…I feel for local gymnastics…most of all for thema who had snakes in d balasier and a bumbling mooks for a coach. Anyone who believes a 100% negative report where a coach says he wanted to pull the athlete from competition because of an injury and that training was a disaster and she doesnt show any signs of performing well is normal then we really will believe anything.

    A normal thinking board seeing that email would be very worried.

    A board of vipers would be singing hallelujah!!!!

    Despite my deep dislike for the current leaders of the TTGF I dont refusing an olympic spot does any ounce of benefit to Gymnastics…In fact to any gymnastics observer on the outside it makes us look even more incompetent.

    • I respectfully disagree this us about it’s about Fairplay, one of the 3 principles of Olympian ism, your athlete cannot gain an advantage or have personal gain to the,detriment of another competitor due to illegal maneuvers ect….its in the Olympic Charter. Also I am from the gymnastic community that Marisa is from here in Edmonton , she has a lot of friends and fans here, HOWEVER, now the the general feeling around here is although we support Marisa, we can support her as an Olympian, she is forever linked to a corrupt board and compromised her own integrity about lying about the ft McMurray timeline our coaches were there and they have confirmed that Marisa left McMurray just after 9 pm

    • Cannot support her I mean in her Olympic bid.

    • Monz lol at forever linked….if u say so.

      Tatiana gutsu was corruptly put into a finals for ukraine at the olympics one of the biggest gymnastics controversies ever….she is forever linked to being one of the greatest gymnasts of all time (she went on to win all around gold)

      And while i make no excuse for this corrupt nasty board and they should be banned lets not kid ourselves…corruption in sport is sadly too often commonplace.

      Often it isnt about fairplay its about winning “at all costs” within and on the lines and over it.

      The TTGF while biased and unethical havent done anything illegal so to speak, which is why they are still so boldfaced and arrogant in the face of a thunderstorm of criticism.

      And arrogance and conniving lead to stupidity. The TTGF could have gotten what they wanted by simply adopting the system marths karoyli did in US gymnastics…but dey dotish…

      In the end the losers are going to be the ladies and gymnastics in trinidad…not them…

      no big salaries to lose….just some microscopic power.

      This situation is a mess.

    • btw if u eh wanna support marisa that is an understandable choice, which u have every right to.

    • But i keep laughing at the constant quotations of the olympic charter when anyone viewing thay sport and the various sports within it know the opposite is rampant.

      And dont think I dont agree that is how it should be eh…

      but man is corrupt…sports is big business…gambling by the billions…

    • Time will tell where this will end up…both sides appear confident of victory…well that is if the ttoc refuses the spot…if they dont well…

    • Give her a bligh and let her compete. Corruption wins again.

  35. They have the receipt for coffee gtfoh

  36. “Judgement Day” soon come for the “Canadian at heart” ??

  37. Thema allowed herself to be smarted by this girl ‘s mother with site seeing photographs to promote her daughter’s cause. These people are too smart for you Thema.

  38. For goodness sake they have already admitted publicly that they gave her the go ahead to compete PRIOR to informing Thema, this just makes Marisa look worse as she is now trying to defend her co-conspirators! TTOC MUST DECLINE THE SPOT. Because unlike Thema, trinidad will have other opportunities to go to the Olympics.