Flora Duffy leads Bermuda Commonwealth Games team
Four triathletes, led by Olympic Games gold medal-winner Dame Flora Duffy, are among the 10 Bermudian athletes who have so far qualified for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
The Bermuda Olympic Association yesterday released the list of athletes who have qualified and have been selected to represent Bermuda at the Games this summer.
Also in the initial list of qualifiers are triathletes Tyler Butterfield, Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley, who will compete in individual competition as well as the mixed relay.
Others named included are track and field athletes Jah-Nhai Perinchief, Caitlyn Bobb and Sakari Famous as well as swimmers Madelyn Moore and Emma Harvey as well as cyclist Caitlin Conyers.
That list is expected to grow by June 12, the final date for qualification for athletes. Bermuda was initially granted 10 spots for athletes by the organising committee of the Games and that number was subsequently expanded to 16.
Final selections have yet to be made for men’s cycling and men’s swimming, while qualification will continue in several other sports over the next few weeks.
The confirmed Bermuda athletes so far are:
Jah-Nhai Perinchief (Athletics, triple jump)
Caitlyn Bobb (Athletics, 400 metres)
Sakari Famous (Athletics, high jump)
Caitlin Conyers (Cycling, road racing)
Madelyn Moore (Swimming)
Emma Harvey (Swimming)
Flora Duffy (Triathlon, individual, relay)
Tyler Smith (Triathlon, individual, relay)
Erica Hawley (Triathlon, individual, relay)
Tyler Butterfield (Triathlon, individual, relay)
Donna Raynor, Chef de Mission for Team Bermuda, said: “I have recently returned from Birmingham where I attended the Chef de Mission meeting.
“While there, I was able to tour the multiple villages and competition arenas. Preparations are going well, and the two refurbished competition arenas for aquatics and athletics, are near completion.
“Birmingham is ready to welcome the athletes and officials. I am excited and looking forward to our athletes competing, and, based on their performances during the last few weeks, I have no doubt they will represent Bermuda well.”
Duffy, who won Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal at last year’s Games in Tokyo, will lead the team’s bid for medals in Birmingham. She and Perinchief are the female and male Athletes of the Year from last year, while Conyers, Hawley and Moore all won female Achievement Awards at the Government Sports Awards.
“I just really hope that we keep building on the momentum of this success and have more and more individuals performing on the world stage, whether that is at the World Championships, Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games coming up,” Duffy said after winning a ninth Female Athlete of the Year award recently.
The triathletes representing the island at the Commonwealth Games are four of that sport’s top athletes, with Hawley and Tyler Smith the new talents emerging, while Butterfield is one of the team’s veteran athletes.
The track and field athletes have also been in outstanding form recently, with Perinchief performing well in the triple jump. Famous recently set national and outdoor school records in the high jump while competing for her school, McNeese State University, at the Carl Knight Invitational in Texas where she cleared 1.82 metres.
Perinchief has also been jumping well and will be one to watch as he pushes for a spot on the podium in the triple jump. Perinchief had a new indoor personal best leap of 16.95 metres on his debut at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia last month and competed in an elite field at the recent USATF Bermuda Games when an injury halted his participation after just one jump.
Bobb is also hitting form at the right time, picking up two bronze medals at the recent Carifta Games in Jamaica where she placed third in the under-20 400 metres and 4x400 metres relay along with team-mates Sanaa Rae Morris, Ketura Bulford-Trott and Shayla Cann as she anchored the team to a time of 3min 48.69sec.
The Commonwealth Games will run from July 28 to August 8.