Special T-shirts made for Duffy fans
When Flora Duffy takes to the starting line at Fort Copacabana in the Rio Olympic Games tomorrow morning for the women's triathlon, Bermuda will be watching.
Dozens of her fans are expected to be wearing specially-made T-shirts sporting the words “Go Flora Go” and waving Bermuda flags when they watch the event in local bars. The T-shirts were designed by Flora's father, Charlie Duffy, and are being sold at the International Sports Shop.
Tina Brangman, supervisor at the shop, said: “On Monday, my boss told me that 20 people may come in for some Flora Duffy T-shirts.
“People have been coming in after we made Flora's father six shirts to take to Rio for the race and after her friend, Louise, sent out an e-mail. So far we've sold more than 30 of them, and we're waiting for a few pick-ups.
“I think she will do really well on Saturday, we're rooting for her.”
Duffy, the current ITU World Triathlon Series point leader, is in the running to become the island's second medal winner, following in the footsteps of boxer Clarence Hill who won bronze at the 1976 Games in Montreal. The race, which begins at 11am Bermuda time and is expected to last around two hours, will be broadcast locally on ZBM channel 7 and on the Bermuda Broadcasting Company's Rio 2016 app.
Docksiders pub will be showing the race on their big screen, offering patrons a $20 English buffet breakfast complete with a Bloody Mary, plus a $12 children's buffet for those under 12.
And they are urging supporters to wear the T-shirts and bring their flags.
The race will also be screened at Robin Hood and Outback Sports Bar and other venues.