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Friday, January 05, 2024
Sports Minister on Passing of Judy Simons

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.

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 organizations.

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.

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

Recognized 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.

"Judy Simons was not only a revered leader but a cherished friend and advocate for Bermuda's sporting community," expressed 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 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 recognized 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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