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Bermuda joins Olympic Day celebrations

The Bermuda Olympic Association joins hundreds of National Olympic Committees around the world today to mark Olympic Day with online resources to promote physical activity and put a spotlight on Bermuda's Olympians.

The International Olympic Committee launched Olympic Day in 1987 to promote participation in sport by men, women and children around the world, encouraging them to “Move, Learn and Discover”. National Olympic Committees worldwide host Olympic Day events annually to provide opportunities for the public to be active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports, as well as provide the opportunity for young people to interact with their countries' Olympic athletes. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, all 2020 Olympic Day activities have been moved online.

On its website, www.olympics.bm, the BOA will host a video prepared by the IOC's Olympic Channel featuring a 25-minute workout with Olympians from around the world. The workout will be available on demand for the full day, exclusively through the BOA website in Bermuda.

A PDF version of the Olympic Day workout can be downloaded from the BOA website, as well. The BOA encourages all Bermudians to have fun and join in the workout.

The BOA website will also provide links to video workouts prepared by some of Bermuda's best-known athletes, including segments from Flora Duffy, Micah Franklin, Jessica Lewis, Julian Fletcher, Roy Burch, Tre Houston, Shianne Smith and Erica Hawley.

Three new video vignettes featuring interviews with athletes who have competed for Bermuda at past Olympic Games will also debut on Olympics.bm.

Jenny Smatt (swimming), Jim Butterfield (rowing) and Arantxa King (athletics) speak about their experiences competing on the world stage, and what it means to be an Olympian.

In addition to locally hosted Olympic Day content, viewers are encouraged to tune into @olympics on Instagram Live throughout the day, where Olympians around the world will host live workouts at 11am in their local time.

Search #StayActive and #OlympicDay for more online Olympic Day links and resources.

BOA vice-president Brenda Dale said “While it's disappointing that we can't host Olympic Day events in person this year, we're pleased to join with other National Olympic Committees around the world to connect our communities with Olympians virtually to encourage everyone to stay fit and stay positive during this challenging time.

“Bermuda has a long and proud history at international sports festivals including the Olympics, and we're excited to be able to profile and celebrate our athletes with new video content. We encourage everyone to take a look and be inspired.”

Tre Houston is one of the Bermuda Olympians who will be sharing their workouts (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published June 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm (Updated June 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm)

Bermuda joins Olympic Day celebrations

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