Flora Duffy was on hand today as she was honoured at a special ceremony at Warwick Academy when the school’s pool was named after her in recognition of her athletic achievements, as an ambassador for Bermuda and as a role model for Bermuda’s youth. As well as a host of dignitaries, her parents Maria and Charlie and her two brothers Joel, who represented Bermuda at football and Campbell, an accomplished sailor, were present at the ceremony.
Flora attended Warwick Academy before moving to Kelly College in the UK which had a special triathlon programme run by former world class triathlete Robin Brew. As a Warwick Academy student Flora spent many hours in the pool as she established herself from an early age as one of the island’s leading swimmers. As a junior Flora represented Bermuda at swimming with distinction before focusing 100% on triathlon.
After another spectacular season in which she defended her WTS Series crown, her WTS World Championship and her Xterra World Championships title, Flora capped it off by taking home the $60,000 first place purse by winning the Island House Triathlon in the Bahamas. Flora’s long season has by her own admission taken both a physical and emotional toll and after consulting her coaching and management team this week she wisely decided to sit out what would have been her first foray into Ironman 70.3 in Thailand.
After a short stay in Bermuda Flora heads to Stellenbosch, South Africa, which along with Boulder have become second homes to Flora. Flora will then take a well earned rest and finish preparations for her wedding to fiance Dan Hugo, himself a former leading professional XTerra triathlete who finished 8th at the 2008 Xterra World Championships and was twice South African XTerra Champion as well as winning a number of leading XTerra races over his career.
2017 will certainly be a year to remember for Flora, who also turned 30 this year !