Government aims to replicate Olympic medal success with greater funding
Policy aimed at replicating Flora’s Duffy’s historic Olympic gold medal success with greater investment into elite and young athletes was unveiled by the Government yesterday.
The 34-year-old rewrote history by winning Olympic gold as she stormed to victory in the women's triathlon in Tokyo, to become Bermuda's first Olympic champion and second medal-winner, following in the footsteps of heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill, who won bronze at the Montreal Games in 1976.
Aiming to build on that Olympic triumph, the Government said it would pursue a national sports strategy as part of the Throne Speech delivered by Rena Lalgie, the Governor, on behalf of the ruling Progressive Labour Party administration.
“Madame president and Members of the Senate, Mr Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly; history was writ large on the international stage this year when a Bermudian woman strode to Olympic gold medal success in Tokyo, the speech said.
“Bermuda finally had the opportunity to savour the thrill of victory at sport’s highest level, a feeling with which our Caribbean family is familiar.
“Flora Duffy’s success can be replicated by others on these islands and the Government will lead the drive to ensure that even more funds are invested in our elite athletes.
“The Legislature will be invited to consider a national sports policy. The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport will weave together the elements of sporting success that will harness the talent of young people.
“The world stage can no longer be said to elude Bermudian athletes, who will find their desire and effort matched by the Government’s commitment to their success.“