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Bermuda to rename stadium after Olympic hero

The Government of Bermuda has announced that South Field Stadium at the National Sports Centre will be renamed in honour of triathlete Flora Duffy, who claimed the territory’s first-ever Olympic gold medal at this year’s Games in Tokyo.

The venue will be known as the Flora Duffy Stadium, while the nearby Corkscrew Hill Devonshire road will also be renamed to Flora Duffy Hill.

Duffy claimed the gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 women’s triathlon on July 27, finishing ahead of Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown and Katie Zaferes of the US. It was Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal and only the second medal ever won by a Bermudan athlete after heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill claimed bronze in Montreal in 1976.

Duffy will return home to Bermuda on October 11 after completing her season overseas, and October 18 has been designated as a public holiday in recognition of her achievements.

The Government of Bermuda has announced that the two local landmarks will be renamed, with other events to include a special recognition by the Bermuda Post Office and an artistic mural announcement. A statue of Duffy will be commissioned, with an open-air tribute concert also planned.

Dr. Ernest Peets, Bermuda’s Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, said: “We hope to see the island participate in these celebratory events in a safe way. We will also make sure that we provide live streaming for many of these activities so that the public can tune in and celebrate Flora in real time. All the events will be recorded and shared soon after via the Department of Culture’s website and via CITV.

“We’re also inviting the public to send us their video tributes of congratulations so that we can run them all day long during Flora Duffy Day. We will share more details shortly on how the community can participate.”

South Field Stadium and Corkscrew Hill Devonshire are both located just outside of Bermuda’s capital city, Hamilton.

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