News Release HAMILTON, Bermuda 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.

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: Deputy Leader of the One Bermuda Alliance 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.”