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Olympics flag donated to Warwick Academy

A Bermuda flag flown at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was donated to Warwick Academy yesterday.

David Jenkins, Debra Watson and their son, a WA year-five student, Sam Jenkins, handed over the flag which will be hung in the foyer of the school's sports hall.

“We thought donating the flag to Warwick Academy would just be a lovely gift,” said Mr Jenkins.

“My brother [Alun] bought the flag specifically so that we could have it over here in Bermuda.

“Sam loves sports so we thought it would be a really nice gift for the school.”

Alun Jenkins, who lives in the UK, purchased the flag at an Olympic merchandise auction.

He was involved in the London Olympics, raising funds for a charity prior to the Games, and was selected to run with the Olympic Torch through the town of Bradford-on-Avon because of his past services. He later volunteered at the Games.

Having received the flag, the school discovered that they had 18 former students who took part in past Olympics.

Among those who attended the event yesterday was Charlie Duffy, the father of Flora Duffy who is currently ranked among the top female triathletes in the world.

She will be participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer.

“I am excited because she [Flora] is doing so well,” said Mr Duffy.

“What she has achieved already is fine for me, I am just happy that she has lived up to her potential and she is performing at this incredible level.

“She is making big waves in the triathlon world, she is recognised as a game changer because she is so strong at the swim and the bike. She is really shaking the fields up.”

The other Warwick Academy Alumni Olympic participants were:

• John Young, swimming, Berlin 1936

• James Kempe, sailing, Melbourne 1956 and Rome 1960

• Walter Jones, sailing, Rome 1960

• Norman Jones, sailing, Rome 1960

• Jim Butterfield, rowing, Munich 1972

• Deborah Jones, athletics, Montreal 1976

• Christopher Nash (Head Boy), sailing, Los Angeles 1984

• Clyde Wilson, cycling, Los Angeles 1984

• Victor Ruberry, swimming, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul Korea 1988

• Clarence “Nicky” Saunders, athletics, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992

• Reid Kempe, sailing, Barcelona 1992

• Jay Kempe, sailing, Barcelona 1992

• Ian Raynor, swimming, Barcelona 1992

• Jenny Smatt (Head Girl), swimming, Barcelona 1992

• Nick Jones, sailing, Atlanta 1996

• Elliot Hubbard, cycling, Atlanta 1996

• Jill Terceira, equestrian, Beijing 2008 and London 2012

• Flora Duffy, triathlon, Beijing 2008, London 2012

Symbol of pride: from left, Charlie Duffy, Penny Terceira, Nick Jones, Jim Butterfield, Jenny Smatt, Elliot Hubbard, Debra Watson, David Jenkins and Sam Jenkins (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 29, 2016 at 7:52 am)

Olympics flag donated to Warwick Academy

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