Celebrating Flora and Clarence
Minister Ernest Peets and the entire team at the Ministry of Community and Cultural Events accomplished a first-class job putting together an event that honoured our first Olympic gold medal-winner, the incomparable Flora Duffy.
The event was classy and well organised and we’re now all proud to call a hill she and so many Bermudian athletes have trained on Flora Duffy Hill.
We would like to thank all those who organised the logistics of that great day, the unveiling of the new sign on the hill. The Stamp Advisory Committee that designed a stamp to honour Flora, the renaming of the southern pavilion at the National Sports Centre, and the many talented local artists that performed at the tribute concert.
As importantly, we wish to thank the hundreds of Bermudians that came out to support every step of the way. Everything was seamlessly carried out without a hitch. It showed that even in these challenging times, we can still come together safely and securely to honour the accomplishments of our people.
The success of the event and the Olympic success of Ms Duffy and Clarence Hill will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of Bermudian athletes to never feel limited in what they can accomplish.
We now know that even though we’re from tiny Bermuda, it does not mean that we cannot be the best in the world if we train hard and put our minds to it.
Both Clarence and Flora have given us that inspiration.
Seeing the young children line the roads welcoming Flora home served as a powerful piece of history for future generations — that, despite coming from a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, they, too, can put Bermuda on top of the world.
So congratulations once again, Flora Duffy. Congratulations, Clarence Hill. And thank you to Minister Peets and his entire team for doing an incredible job honouring their accomplishments and inspiring the next generation of Bermudian athletes.
• Neville Tyrrell is the government MP for Warwick South Central (Constituency 26)