gymnastics

Marisa Dick: It's been tough dealing with all this hate from T&T

Marisa Dick, Trinidad and Tobago's representative in the gymnastic events in Rio, says it's been very hard dealing with the "hate" towards her from many in the country she went to represent.

Dick, speaking at the ESPN Studio in Rio, said, however, that the experience at the Olympics was a dream come true.

Dick was asked how she has been able to handle the controversy involving her qualification for the Olympics over Thema Williams. 

Womantra stands in defense of gymnasts

Women’s activists group, Womantra, is taking issue with the actions of the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnasts Federation.

The federation initiated disciplinary action against Thema Williams and Marissa Dick, after topless photos of the athletes surfaced in the public domain.

In a release today the women’s rights group is describing the decision as body policing, character assassination and misogyny.

Earlier this year, Thema Williams posted a topless post of herself on her instagram page captioned “being black women is an honour..always”.

T&T gymnast lands in record books for new move

Marisa Dick catapults off the springboard and leaps into the air.

In the splits, she lands on the balance beam, legs extended, toes pointed, arms stretched to the ceiling, perched in perfect balance.

It's the St. Albert's gymnast's signature move, and when she debuted it last fall at the world gymnastics competition in Glasgow, Scotland, it had never been done before.

The one-of-a-kind mount now bears her name in the official Code of Points, a rulebook that defines the scoring system for each level of competition in gymnastics.

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