BOA Mourns Passing Of Judy Simons

January 4, 2024

[Updated] The Bermuda Olympic Association [BOA] said they are saddened to advise of the passing of former BOA President Judy Simons, noting that her ”contributions to the BOA and Bermuda’s sporting community have had a significant impact.”

A spokesperson said, “We are saddened to advise you of the passing of our friend and colleague Mrs. Judy Simons on January 3rd, 2024. This sudden and shocking news will be felt around the world by the Commonwealth Games Federation, International Olympic Committee, Panam Sports, Centro Caribe Sports, CANOC as well as by all of us at the Bermuda Olympic Association.

“Judy’s service to the CGF and Olympic movement spanned more than 25 years, following a successful sporting career in field hockey and tennis. Her contributions to the BOA and Bermuda’s sporting community have had a significant impact on the profile of Bermuda within the international sporting communities and organizations, right up to her passing as the Regional Vice President [Americas] of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“In addition to her tenure as President of the BOA and previously as Secretary General, Judy served on numerous committees for Panam Sports, CCS, CANOC, and the IOC. She was recently honored by Centro Caribe Sports, at the Santiago Pan Am Games, for her contributions to the development of regional sport and to the organization.”

Judy Simons Bermuda Olympic Association [BOA] January 2024

BOA President Peter Dunne said, “Judy’s leadership and reputation in the international sports groups have done much for the advancement of Bermuda and our athletes. Her reputation as a strong advocate for our organization and other small national Olympic committees was well earned and will be missed greatly by all who knew her and benefitted from her experience.

“Judy often referred to the 2020 gold medal of Flora Duffy as the pinnacle of her BOA career, but her legacy as a relationship builder will be remembered for years to come, always for the benefit of the BOA. Bermuda’s standing in global sport is due in large part to Judy’s dedication to the movement and her ability to develop strong bonds with her colleagues. We will continue to benefit from her work and reflect on her service as a model for all to emulate.”

Secretary General Branwen Smith-King said, “Judy was a good friend, colleague, and mentor. I’m devastated by this news; she will be sorely missed. Judy’s contribution to sport in Bermuda reaches beyond our borders and those of us in the sports world are indebted to her services. As past President of the Bermuda Olympic Association Judy’s leadership, passion for helping others and love for sport was inspirational. Judy Simons has left a legacy that truly cannot be duplicated. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Brenda Dale, First VP, said, “Judy was a dear friend and someone I deeply admired and trusted. She was a kind, caring, and committed person whose heart was rooted in the Bermuda sports community. She dedicated a large part of her life fighting for and supporting our Bermuda athletes in every avenue and at every level possible. I am ever grateful to have accepted her invitation to join her on the BOA Board, as it was truly an honor to serve with her. She was an inspiration, and her hard work, dedication, and immense contributions to sport, both locally and internationally, will be a legacy felt and admired across the globe. She will be deeply missed.”

Update 5.28pm: Deputy Leader of the OBA Ben Smith said, “Judy Simons was the face of sports in Bermuda; her rich legacy will live on.

“Judy was an absolute pleasure to work and travel with. She was a consummate professional, but also very nurturing and a joy to be around.

“Bermuda has lost yet another national treasure and will be sorely missed. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time.”

Update Jan 5, 9.56am: A Government spokesperson said, “The Government of Bermuda joins the global sports community in mourning the passing of Mrs. Judy Simons, a distinguished figure in Bermuda’s sporting legacy.

“Mrs. Simons, former Bermuda Olympic Association President, has left an indelible mark on the Bermuda Olympic Association [BOA], the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF], the International Olympic Committee [IOC], and numerous other sporting organisations.

“A force in the world of sports, Judy Simons dedicated over 25 years to the service of the CGF and the Olympic movement. Her journey from a thriving field hockey and tennis career to becoming a pivotal figure within the Bermuda Olympic Association [BOA] reflected her unwavering commitment to sporting excellence and community development.

Judy Simons Bermuda Jan 5 2024

“Throughout her tenure as President of the BOA, and previously as Secretary General, Mrs. Simons transformed Bermuda’s sporting landscape. Her contributions resonated globally, elevating Bermuda’s standing within international sporting communities and organisations. Her influence extended beyond borders, as she served diligently on various committees for Panam Sports, Centro Caribe Sports [CCS], CANOC, and the IOC.

“Recognised for her exceptional contributions, Judy Simons was recently honored by Centro Caribe Sports during the Santiago Pan Am Games. Her efforts in advancing regional sports development stood as a testament to her dedication and passion for developing excellence in the sporting arena.

“Mrs. Judy Simons was not only a revered leader but a cherished friend and advocate for Bermuda’s sporting community,” expressed Senator, the Hon Owen Darrell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Her legacy will endure through the countless lives she touched, the advancements she spearheaded, and the inspiration she instilled in athletes and enthusiasts alike.”

“We are indebted to Mrs. Simons substantial contributions to sports in Bermuda, her lifelong dedication to the athletic community, and the invaluable impact of her passion and commitment. During my time as the Premier’s Chief of Staff, I had the pleasure of interacting with Mrs. Simons on many occasions when the Government recognised Olympic athletes.

“On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I offer condolences to Judy Simons’ family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.”

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