Saunders to share golden moment in motorcade
Flora Duffy will be honoured for her Commonwealth Games title, with the island’s first gold medal-winner at the Games, Clarance “Nicky” Saunders, accompanying her in a drive through Hamilton on Monday morning.
Duffy, who is set to compete in front of a home crowd at MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda tomorrow, will be in the motorcade that leaves the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club at 11.30am headed to the Cabinet office where she will be welcomed by David Burt, the Premier.
Saunders, who won gold in the high jump at the 1990 Games in Auckland, New Zealand, with a record leap of jump of 2.36 metres that still stands, was scheduled to arrive in Bermuda last night from London, where he lives.
Duffy’s gold in the triathlon was equally impressive, breaking the tape draped in a Bermuda flag in a time of 56min 50sec for the sprint distance, 43 seconds ahead of second-placed Jess Learmonth of England.
“We wanted to honour Flora for her accomplishment of winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games,” said Norbert Simons, of the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, which is organising the motorcade.
“The normal procedure when an athlete wins a gold medal at a major festival is we provide them with an incentive award, so the plan is she will go on a motorcade through the city and taken to meet the Premier, who will make a presentation to her.”
Duffy, the Bermuda Athlete of the Year, arrived on the island on Wednesday and will depart later on Monday to prepare for the third race of the season in Yokohoma, Japan, in a fortnight.
“We’re awaiting confirmation from the Police but we want to go up Queen Street, along Church Street and down Court Street to the Cabinet Office,” Simons said. “We’re getting Nicky back to be a part of the celebrations and to acknowledge his accomplishment as well.”
Simons says it would fitting if Duffy could clinch a first series win of the season on home soil.
“It would set it up nicely if she wins on Saturday,” Simons said.
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