Barbadian pro-surfer Chelsea Tuach is on a mission to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
The 23-year-old told media following her return from the Pan American Surfing Games in Peru that she was sincerely hoping to be a part of the Barbadian contingent for the global showpiece set for Tokyo, Japan.
“It was my second time in the Pan American Games. I went last year as well and I was in the finals last year,” a smiling Tuach told reporters after emerging from the arrival hall of the Grantley Adams International Airport.
“But this was a more important year because I needed to at least get to the semifinals to gain a spot in the Pan American Games next year and I did. It is going to be exciting for me to compete with our athletes, our swimmers in Barbados and I will be training hard for that.
“If I win that it would mean that I would qualify for the Olympics which would be the first ever female surfers in the Olympics to qualify.” Tuach added, noting that reaching the finals of the recent competition had inspired her to continue going after her goals.
One such goal is to be one of the 20 women who compete at the 2020 Olympics in the surfing discipline.
Tuach once again produced a series of outstanding performances in Peru to finish fourth, and said the performance was a great way to end an already successful year.
“It is definitely a big competition for me and I was really happy to get into the finals again,” she explained.
“It was a nice way to end the year and it is giving me the motivation and the inspiration to just work harder in this off-season now and make sure that I am ready and not only in my professional career with the world surf league but also to get ready for the Olympics in 2020.”
Tuach pointed out that qualifying for the Olympics would be a major feat but said she was aready focussed on the challenge
“I will try my hardest to qualify for that,” she reiterated.
“It is definitely a big feat as they are only 20 females in the whole world but I would like to represent this region and I would like to represent Barbados in the Olympics and that is a big goal and that is something that I am going to go to sleep thinking about.”
Turning her attention to her return to Barbados in time for the Christmas holidays, Tuach said that since she had not been home since July, she was anxious to spend time with her family and friends.
“I am going to go home now feed my dog, see my family and just relax,” Tuach quipped.
“Well, relax as much as I can because I would still have to be training but going to the beach. I cannot wait to put on a bikini and have a sea bath and see my friends and everything that I miss.
“See some good friends, eat some home-cooked meals, have some Chefette and everything — just some time to spend with family that is what I miss the most.”