Flora Duffy a ray of light in Covid-19 darkness, MPs say
Triathlete Flora Duffy was hailed by MPs as a true champion who provided light in the darkness caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
David Burt, the Premier, said that every cloud had a silver lining during a debate yesterday on a proclamation by the Governor that a public holiday should be held to honour the Olympic gold medal winner.
He added: “The world has lived under a cloud of grief and anxiety since March, 2020.
“Bermuda was offered not a silver lining, but one of gold.”
Mr Burt said that Ms Duffy had dominated the triathlon to such an extent that her name was synonymous with the event.
Cole Simons, the leader of the Opposition backed Mr Burt.
Mr Simons said that Ms Duffy’s Olympic triumph had brought the community together and provided “a pleasant distraction” from pandemic worries.
He added: “She brought light into our darkness during a difficult time. She is a global role model.”
Mr Simons suggested that Bermuda’s only other Olympic medal-winner – boxer Clarence Hill, who won a bronze in Montreal in 1976 – should be recommended for a honour from the Queen.
The public holiday to celebrate Ms Duffy’s achievement is scheduled for October 18.