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TTGF to judge Williams and Dick social media photos

Saturday, February 27, 2016
T&T’s national gymnast Thema Williams, who is Rio bound. T&T’s gymnast Marisa Dick.

Drama between two of T&T’s talented national gymnasts Marisa Dick and Thema Williams escalated earlier this week, as revealing pictures of both women were exposed on social media, intensifying a feud between the two following the conclusion of the World Gymnastics Championships in Scotland last October.  

On Tuesday, three pictures of Williams were on display via her instagram account showing the Olympic bound gymnast from a side shot view in a short pants and topless, with her arms covering her chest. The photographs were meant to show the athlete’s artistic side.

Then on Thursday, a topless picture of Dick was then leaked on snapshot. The photo displayed  Dick showing five fingers covering her right breast after the gymnast apparently finished fifth in a competition, it was a celebration display by her.

Following the release of the pictures, the T&T Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) held a meeting on Wednesday concerning Williams, but when the pictures of Dick surfaced which forced the Federation to refer both the matters to the Federation’s Disciplinary Committee.

A release sent to the media on Thursday, signed by president of the T&T Gymnastics Federation David Marquez stated, “With reference to photographs on social media of national elite athletes Thema Williams and Marisa Dick, the Federation has decided, in accordance with the athletes' agreements and the constitution of the Federation, to refer their matters to the Disciplinary Committee. 

The committee is scheduled to meet next week to deliberate. As soon as the committee is finished with its deliberations, a further release would be sent.”

Before this week’s development between the two gymnasts, there was some confusion whether Williams or Dick will represent T&T at the Rio Olympic Games Test event, a qualifier for the Olympic Games. 

On October 29, 2015 Helen Adams, mother of Williams, stated on the Isports programme (i95.5fm) that the TTGF was not following the selection policy that was set.

Williams and Dick both competed in the artistic women’s individual qualification at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow last year, with Williams finishing 59th and Dick ending 77th overall. 

 Adams stated the selection policy of the TTGF states, “The WAG (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) gymnast who scores the highest all-around score at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow 2015 will be the athlete selected by the TTGF Selection Committee to move forward to represent T&T at the Olympic Test Event in Rio, Brazil in April 2016 once her scores allow her selection by the International Federation of Gymnastics to this event.” 

On the radio show Adams said, “A selection policy was established by the T&T Gymnastics Federation as it relates to the Rio Olympics, and this was given to everyone, and so after the last event, the rankings read Thema (Williams) in 59th position and Marisa (Dick) in 77th position. If there is only one spot, Thema, based on this should be the automatic choice.” 

Adams added: “Instead, we are now being told, that the two girls (Williams and Dick) will have to compete in two more events, and then they will decide again who is representing T&T, but this is not right, it is not fair.”

Numerous meetings were held by the TTGF following the radio interview, and it was decided that Williams will represent T&T at the Rio Olympics Test event which is scheduled to take place from April 16-19. 

Williams is currently preparing for the Test event in Michigan, USA with coach John Geddert. Dick, who is based in Canada, will represent T&T at the Rio Test event if Williams is not available.