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Welch to be guest speaker at BTA dinner

Guest speaker: Welch

Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy, the Island’s top male and female triathletes, will be special guests at the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s awards dinner on Saturday at Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club.

Butterfield, fifth at the recent Ironman World Championships, and Duffy, the Xterra World champion and top-ten ranked ITU triathlete, are both back home following a break in their schedules and will attend the dinner.

The pair are the Island’s reigning Male and Female Athletes of the Year following their success abroad in 2014, while a third triathlete, Tyler Smith, won the junior award this year.

The guest speaker at the award dinner will be Greg Welch, the Australian who is recognised as one of the greatest triathletes of all time.

Welch dominated the sport, winning the “Grand Slam” which included the ITU World Championships in 1990 and the Ironman World Championships, the ITU Long Course World Championships and the Duathlon World Championships, all in 1994.

He also won numerous other prestigious races and finished second overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 1991, and was second in the same year at the Ironman World Championships, a race in which he also finished third twice.

Welch’s career was cut short in 2000 due to heart issues.

Since then he has become one of the voices of triathlon as commentator for the Ironman World Championships, and other Ironman Series races, as well as other races worldwide, including the Xterra World Championships, and the ITU 2015 World Championships.

He is also the global marketing manager for Oakley.

In 2014 Welch was one of the first group of inductees into the Triathlon Hall of Fame. In 2000 he was an ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Welch will be accompanied in Bermuda by his wife Sian, herself a leading professional triathlete in her time, and their two daughters.