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Flora Duffy Day declared as national holiday for October 18

A national holiday in honour of Olympic gold medal-winner Flora Duffy was declared yesterday.

The Government announced that October 18 would be Flora Duffy Day in recognition of the triathlete’s success at Tokyo 2020 and the World Championships.

Ms Duffy told the country on Twitter: “Wow, this is so cool! Thank you!”

David Burt, the Premier, said: “It is a fitting tribute to have a day to recognise and honour Flora Duffy’s historic accomplishments.

“Her achievements propelled Bermuda onto the international stage, and we look forward to welcoming her home and celebrating with her and all her fans.”

Mr Burt said Ernest Peets, the sports minister, would unveil a timetable of events for the day that would “also allow us to connect the arc of Bermuda’s Olympic history and also include Bermuda’s first Olympic medallist, bronze medal winner Clarence Hill”.

The one-off date, picked by the Cabinet to coincide with the World Triathlon Series in Bermuda between October 16-17, will require approval by both Houses of Parliament and Rene Lalgie, the Governor.

The move came after social-media calls to mark Ms Duffy’s magnificent achievement after she became Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal-winner on July 28.

Members of the public have also called for a street to be named after Ms Duffy and for her to be added to the list of national heroes.

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Published September 11, 2021 at 7:58 am (Updated September 11, 2021 at 7:58 am)

Flora Duffy Day declared as national holiday for October 18

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