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Monday, August 08, 2022
Chef-de-Mission Raynor Reflects on Commonwealth Games

Bermuda’s Commonwealth Games Chef de Mission Donna Raynor reflected on the team she led in Birmingham.

Raynor posted on Social Media, “As my role as Chef de Mission for the Commonwealth Games comes to an end I am so proud of this team that I led.

We have developed so many new relationships and respect for each other, athletes, and officials. This has been one of the best teams I have ever led and not just their great performances but the comraderies and support as well.

We have gelded together so well as a team. Of course, the performances were outstanding. A small island like ours coming out with 2 medals. Awesome.

Our team lunch and dinner was so great. We had a team of experienced and youth and to see the experienced sharing their knowledge and support was fantastic.

The team managers/coaches Dominique Mayho, Dan Hugo, Shona Palmer, Terry Lynn Paynter, Brian Wellman, Charlotte, and Micah Franklin were the best.

They took care of their athletes and knew their sport making that side of this job easier. To my support team Branwen Smith-King, Peter Dunne, Norbert and Judy Simons a huge thank you.

They were there when I needed them. To my husband, I am so glad you were here with me as I would have never made it through my situation without him.

He was there to comfort me and keep me going. This team did so well and I know not all of them knew what I am going through but they put smiles on my face to ease my pain.

We are winding down with the last day to go where I am going to enjoy a bit of Birmingham and relax. What some great memories we will take away from these games.

I hope this has inspired the young athletes to reach even higher and to know you can set high goals and achieve them but you must put in the work.

That closing ceremony was absolutely awesome and I know Victoria Australia is going to be ready for 2026 and will also have a great Commonwealth Games.

Thank you to all the pasts chef's who have led the way for me. Chef de Mission Donna Raynor signing off.”
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