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Name changes in honour of golden girl Flora Duffy

Flora Duffy races over Corkscrew Hill - possibly soon to be renamed in her honour (File photograph)

Two landmarks are to be renamed in honour of Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal-winner.

The National Stadium at the National Sports Centre is to be renamed the Flora Duffy Stadium in tribute to the triathlete.

The Ministry of Public Works also intends to rename Corkscrew Hill in Devonshire – which was featured in the World Triathlon Series events in Bermuda – Flora Duffy Hill.

The name change – in accordance with the Public Lands Act 1984 – will be posted in the Official Gazette today.

A bronze bust of Clarence Hill, who won Bermuda’s first Olympic medal in 1976, will also be commissioned.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said that if anyone wished to object to the proposal, they should submit their objection in writing to the Minister of Public Works by November 4.

The Government had previously announced plans to honour Ms Duffy with a national holiday on October 18 in recognition of the triathlete’s success at Tokyo 2020 and the World Championships.

Ms Duffy is also set to be welcomed back to the island on October 11 with a motorcade from LF Wade International Airport to the Cabinet Office.

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, said there would also be a special recognition of Ms Duffy by the Bermuda Post Office, an open air tribute concert will be held and there will be both a statue of Ms Duffy commissioned and a mural created in her honour.

“We will share more details shortly on how the community can participate.

“During such a challenging time, seeing our own on the world stage performing like no one before had the effect of bringing us together as a community and as a people.

“That same unity and togetherness is needed now more than ever.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Flora back home so that we can celebrate with her and share in our national pride for her achievement.”

Dr Peets also said that the Government plans to also pay tribute to Mr Hill, Bermuda’s first Olympic medal-winner, who took bronze in heavyweight boxing in the 1976 Games.

“In that regard, the Government will also commission a bronze bust of Mr Hill to celebrate his achievement as part of Bermuda’s Olympic success,” Dr Peets said.

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Published October 04, 2021 at 7:59 am (Updated October 04, 2021 at 10:13 am)

Name changes in honour of golden girl Flora Duffy

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