Gymnast Thema Williams wins against TT gymnastics, awarded TT$200,000

By November 27, 2018

The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday ruled against the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation in their court battle with gymnast Thema Williams.

In his judgement on Monday morning, High Court Judge Frank Seepersad ruled that when the TTGF chose to send Marissa Dick to an Olympic Test event in Brazil in 2016 even though Williams was more highly rated, the federation and its former executive members acted unfairly and unreasonably.

She was awarded damages of TT$50,000 and TT$150,000 in exemplary damages for the loss of the "once in a lifetime" opportunity to participate at the games and the embarrassment she suffered from being replaced in questionable circumstances.

Seepersad also ruled that the executive failed to properly investigate claims that Williams was injured at warm-ups for the event before they voted to replace her.

However, the judge ruled that former president David Marquez, vice-president Akil Wattley, Ricardo Lue Shue and his wife Donna were biased against Williams and favoured Williams' replacement Marissa Dick, he ruled that they could not be held responsible in their personal capacities.

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