Barbados’ lone representative at the XIII Pan American Games in Peru has done her country proud and made history by capturing the country’s first silver medal at these games.
Chelsea Tuach actually out surfed her Argentine opponent by scoring a total of 14 points to the Argentine’s 13.83, but a controversial interference call at the start of the heat saw one of her scores cut in half which cost her the gold.
“At the start of the heat, I had priority for the wave and took off. Meanwhile, the Argentine surfer paddled around me and dropped in on the inside. In surfing this is called ‘snaking’ and is not legal. But the judges called the interference on me. It is a disappointing end to an amazing week for me. Nevertheless, I am still happy to be bringing the silver back to Barbados.
“I hope that my performance will inspire other Caribbean athletes to believe in themselves and fight for their dreams. We may not have the resources of the bigger countries, but we have the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best,” an emotional Tuach said after at the end to her incredible run at the XIII Pan American Games. (PR)