Reaction from Women’s Olympic Coach Dom Tidey

As the windsurfing world comes together to fight the decision, and reinstate windsurfing as an Olympic sport, Boards hear from coach of Bryony Shaw, Dom Tidey to discover his view on recent events.

It is hard to describe the gut wrenching feeling I had in my stomach when I heard the news of the decision to remove windsurfing from the Olympics.

The only other time I felt like this, was when I was told I would not be selected to compete in the Olympic Games myself. Now, I just feel like there has been a death in the family, and there really has been a death within the windsurfing family.

Bryony Shaw with coach Dom Tidey. Image courtesy Richard Langdon/ Skandia Team GBR

The decision made by the ISAF committee is a very sad decision for us all.

My thoughts go out to all the young windsurfers and their families, who have had the dream of the Olympics on a windsurfer taken away.

The real problem, is that ISAF made the decision to put windsurfing up against kitesurfing, for one spot at the Olympic Games. When I feel that kite and windsurfers would work very well along side each other and both been spectacular events.

When it comes down to who will be winning in Rio, in my opinion the best racers always win.

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