We were deeply saddened to read in the Royal Gazette (5th January 2024) that Judy Simons, the wife of the Late retired Supt Campbell Simons died on 3rd January at the age of 71.
Judy was an outstanding sportswoman in field hockey and tennis but she will best remembered for her outstanding devotion to organizing sports activities. As Bermuda Olympic Association president, Peter Dunne stated in the Royal Gazette, “This sudden and shocking news will be felt around the world.”
The announcement noted her 25 years of service to the Commonwealth Games Federation and to the Olympic movement, which followed a sporting career in field hockey and tennis.
“Her contributions to the BOA and Bermuda’s sporting community have had significant impact on the profile of Bermuda within the international sporting communities and organisations, 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.
“Judy’s leadership and reputation in the international sports groups has done much for the advancement of Bermuda and our athletes.
“Her reputation as a strong advocate for our organisation and other small national Olympic committees was well earned and will be missed greatly by all who knew her and benefited 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.”
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It was also noted in the Royal Gazette that Judy was the wife of former Somerset Cup Match captain, our own Supt. Campbell Simons who pre-deceased her in September 2021. We offer our sincere condolences to Judy’s family and friends.