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Tuach for Peru Pan Am Games

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Chelsea Tauch is heading to the Pan Am Games later this

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Chelsea Tuach has once again created history by becoming the first surfer to represent Barbados at the Pan American Games which will be held in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11.

This is not only the first year that surfing will be featured at these Games but this event is the region’s qualifier for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In December last year, Tuach booked a spot for Lima 2019 by surfing her way through five rounds of competition at the Pan American Surfing Games held at Punta Rocas, Peru where she made the final and ended fourth overall.

The Pan American Games are open only to the top 16 male and top 16 female surfers from

the Americas and serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics.

Tuach goes into the Games as the no. 6 seed and must win the gold medal to qualify.

“I am really happy to have qualified for the Pan Am Games this year. It is one way that I can qualify for the Olympics and this will drive my efforts in the coming months,” she said after the official list of qualified surfers was published last week by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

“I have been training hard and pushing my surfing. I am looking forward to competing alongside and supporting my fellow Barbadian athletes. This is a dream come true for me.”

Tuach has also just learnt that she has been awarded Barbados’ lone slot at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Beach Games to be held in San Diego in early October.

Barbados is the lone Caribbean nation to be awarded a slot in surfing based on Tuach’s World Surfing League international ranking. The Games will be open to 32 male and 32 female surfers worldwide.

“I am honoured to have been awarded a slot at the ANOC Beach Games. I am excited to have the opportunity to compete against the world’s best and hopefully, I can show the world the talent that exists in our region despite our small size and limited resources,” she said. (PR)

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