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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Minister of Sport Dr. Peets Throne Speech Press Conference

Earlier today, Minister of Youth, Culture & Sport Dr. Ernest Peets Jr. held a Press Conference addressing the throne Speech for his ministry.

Minister Dr. Peets Jr. said, “I am joined by my colleague, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, the Honorable Tinee Furbert, to highlight the initiatives for the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport as outlined in the 2021 Throne Speech.

This past month, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, as well as all of Bermuda, was immersed in celebrating our very own Flora Duffy. While her tremendous feat of winning a gold medal is now forever cemented into Bermuda’s sporting history, this accomplishment reinforces the need for commitment and continued focus on our local athletes, as well as sport in Bermuda as a whole.

In this year’s Throne Speech, you will note that Bermuda’s economic recovery and social renewal are the overarching themes within our various Ministries.

The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport recognizes the value of sport to our country and continues to explore avenues that will promote Bermuda as a sporting jurisdiction. We are actively identifying ways that international sporting events can assist in bringing much-needed revenue to our island.

Additionally, attracting more sporting events for our amateur and collegiate athletes to our shores will enhance the development of our athletes by exposing them to quality international competition and open more pathways for them to further their education through sports. As indicated in the Throne Speech. Flora Duffy’s success highlights the need for more financial investment in our elite athletes so that they can be prepared for competition on the world stage.

This will be one of the primary goals of a National Sport Policy (NSP) to be developed by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport. The first step toward achieving the goals of the policy will be the development of a five-year plan. The plan will outline the steps needed to create an environment supporting consistent excellence in sport and underscoring the central role of sport in our society.

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