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Monday, April 22, 2019
Flora Duffy's Relay Team Announced

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Spectators will still be able to watch hometown hero Flora Duffy take to the road during this weekend’s MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda, with the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal-winner forming an all-island dream team to race in the age group event on Saturday morning.

Duffy will be joined in Team TriBermuda, #932 by upcoming Carifta Championships swimming star Taylor White, 15, and Bermuda’s own Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailor Mustafa Ingham.

Although injury has stopped Duffy from running, prompting her withdrawal from the elite women’s race where she would have been defending her World Triathlon Series crown in Bermuda, the double world champion said she could not wait to take to the streets of Hamilton alongside 500 other athletes on Saturday morning – a time when she’s normally in her hotel room on race day.

“I’m excited, I’ve not done a relay since the Commonwealth Games last year!” Duffy said. “I’m thankful to be getting to join in the racing in some way, and seeing the day from another perspective will no doubt be educational.

“I’m normally huddled in my hotel room during the age group events! My brothers and husband are doing a relay too. And I’m happy giving back in some small way, after all the love and support I continue to experience from everyone in Bermuda, especially during last year’s WTS Bermuda.”

For White, who this weekend won a Carifta Swimming Championship Silver Medal in the 800 meters Freestyle, the experience of racing in the same team as a sportswoman she calls an “inspiration”, is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

"Watching Flora Duffy race is an experience in itself but to get the opportunity to compete on her team is a whole new level,” the Warwick Academy student said. “I feel so honored and excited to be a part of this. She is such a talented sportswoman and an inspiration to me as a young athlete.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many young people have experienced and I still cannot believe I will be swimming on Flora Duffy's team. I am extremely grateful for this and cannot thank the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Flora enough."

White, who also represented the island at the Carifta Triathlon Championships in Trinidad last October coming 4th in the Aquathlon, will start the team off in the 750-metre swim. Duffy will then take over on the 20km bike, before Ingham brings the team home in the 5km run.

For the 22-year-old Bermudian sailor, who has turned his America’s Cup adventure into a blossoming sailing career, running the final leg on Saturday is an “awesome opportunity”.

“Flora Duffy is a global icon in triathlon and as a fellow Bermudian she is someone I have admired and respected for a long time,” Ingham said. “So, I’m stoked for this chance to call Flora a teammate, even if just for one day. I hope Taylor and I can level up for this awesome opportunity on home soil, in front of our families and friends.”

The Bermuda trio are scheduled to start with other sprint distance relay teams at 8.15am this Saturday, racing with number 932. Catch a glimpse of Duffy as she flies up Corkscrew Hill on Saturday morning and cycles two laps of Hamilton. You'll see her on Pitts Bay Rd, Serpentine Rd, Pomander and Trimingham Rd. There are plenty of points along the route to cheer her and hundreds of other athletes.

Duffy hopes to see the thousands of supporters who cheered her to victory last year, out on the streets once more.

“I’d love to see the island still turning out for some thrilling racing, perhaps even in the morning to cheer us on!” She said, “I’ll be on the streets with everyone else and visiting the Tri-Club Viewing Deck at Pier 6, cheering the elite field in the afternoon.”
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Butterfield Finishes 7th in Cannes Triathlon

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Tyler Butterfield took part in the sixth edition, the Cannes International Triathlon crossing the line 7th in the Men’s Professional Division.

Competitors completed a course of a 2K Swim, 107K Bike and 16K Run.

Butterfield came out of the water in a time of 23:23, he then completed the Bike Course in a time of 3:15:42, before closing out with a Run Time of 55:13.
Friday, April 19, 2019
BTA Good Friday Home Triathlon Round Up
A Home Triathlon event took place at the Harrington Sound Dock with 40 competitors completing the course.

Stopping the clock in a time of 57.26 saw Tommy Marshall take first place, Phil mace was second in 59.31 and Mark Robinson finished third with a time of 59.32.

Home Triathlon Results

57.26 Nick Pilgrim

59.31 Tommy Marshall
59.32 Phil Mace
1.00.07 Mark Robinson
1.02.46 Steve Smith
1.03.45 Will Green
1.03.49 Byron Renken
1.03.59 Ashley Couper
1.06.25 Steve O'Reilly
1.07.41 Raffi Titizian
1.08.36 Virencio Jong
1.09.41 Dan Harris
1.10.05 Dan Samilski
1.10.24 Nico Davis
1.10.55 David Souter
1.11.24 Matt Spencer
1.12.14 Caroline Wright
1.13.17 Anton Doloricon
1.13.20 Jenny Lightbourne
1.15.09 Liana Medeiros
1.15.32 Tom Hands
1.15.40 Charlie Duffy
1.15.46 Christine DeCosta
1.15.52 Arthur Wightman
1.16.12 Frances Betts
1.16.25 Maria Duffy
1.16.32 Diana White
1.16.46 Megan Hands
1.16.46 Zoe Hasselkuss
1.18.03 Hilary Bruce-Payne
1.19.40 Randy Smith
1.20.22 Nicky Hallett
1.22.40 Melanie Sousa
1.22.47 Caroline Conway
1.22.50 Nancy Stevens
1.22.51 Liz Harris
1.23.10 Lea Osborne
1.28.20 Derek Hurdle
1.28.30 Marie Taylor
1.35.05 Kirstie Jones
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mass General Sponsor Two for World Triathlon Bermuda

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Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA), the #1 Research Hospital in America and Harvard Medical School’s original and largest teaching hospital, has announced it will proudly sponsor two teams to compete in MS Amlin World Triathlon 2019 (WTS) on April 27 in Bermuda.

“Mass General has a long history with Bermuda and is proud to have cared for many Bermudians. We were excited when offered the opportunity to sponsor these remarkable triathletes,” says Dr. J. Jordan Romano, Physician, International & Specialized Services at Mass General. “While we have not cared for these athletes directly, their passion and dedication to well-being through physical endeavor inspires us to recommit to our own personal health goals and is entirely aligned with Mass General’s mission.”

The first team, Team Ladybugs from the United Kingdom, includes 13-year-old Chloe Couture and her father, Stephan. Chloe has severe cerebral palsy, but this has not prevented the father-daughter duo from competing enthusiastically in multiple triathlons over the past seven years. This year, Team Ladybugs’ mission is to compete in all eight World Triathlon Series globally to offer an inspiration to triathletes of all abilities and spread their message that disabilities do not need to have boundaries. Stephan says, “I’m sometimes asked, ‘why bother, she doesn’t get anything from it’, but she does. Chloe feels the excitement of the sensory feeling, the stimulation, and feeling part of society. It also helps to reduce her anxiety and depression. We can see in her smile and her facial expressions just how much she benefits from the activity. I can’t thank the kind people of Bermuda enough and the incredible generosity of Mass General for this sponsorship. We’re overwhelmed at how everyone has come together to help make our dream a reality. Thank you to all who are involved in this fantastic event.”

The second sponsored team, Thumbs Up International from Florida in the U.S., is comprised of Erinne Guthrie, a triathlon coach, who will be supporting Kerry Gruson, an assisted athlete. In the 1970s as a 26-year-old journalist, Kerry was attacked and critically injured while reporting on the end of the Vietnam War. She survived and continued to work as a journalist, although increasingly disabled with Traumatic Parkinson's. “Today I am effectively a quadriplegic. My neck has a permanent rightwards crick and my voice barely rises above a hoarse whisper. Regardless, I choose to live out loud,” she says. “The attack has brought an appreciation of the gift of life and for all of its many challenges. I found a home in the world of sports, have raced sailboats at world-class events, scuba dive, and now I seek fulfilment as an endurance athlete which I see as a metaphor for human endeavours in general. I hope to share my message while in Bermuda and I’m very grateful for the support of Mass General. Without their sponsorship, we would not be competing in World Triathlon Bermuda.”

World Triathlon Bermuda Project Lead, Alec Shepherd, thanked Mass General for its generosity supporting these assisted athlete teams. “The Local Organising Committee of Bermuda’s World Triathlon Series is working with both teams to identify how we can improve accessibility for the event and in the island overall. The teams will also spend time in the community while in Bermuda, sharing their inspiration and insights.”

The World Triathlon 2019 on April 27th, 2019 is the second of three annual World Series Triathlon events that Bermuda will host; in 2021 the island will be home to the ITU Grand Final and Age Group World Championships.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Duffy Pulls Out of Bermuda Triathlon

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Flora Duffy will not defend her Bermuda World Triathlon Series title.

Making the announcement on her social media page Duffy states, “I sound like a broken record but I will not be racing @worldtriathlonbermuda.

Brutal news to announce.

After some decent running in Jan + Feb, my foot was just not right. I had an ultra sound & MRI which showed the tear in my post tib tendon was still there. So another PRP injection and in a moon boot. (This was 6 weeks ago). Of course I hoped I would be ok to line up in Bermuda, but that is not the case. I had to really back off training, unload and let the tendon heal. This photo was taken last year in Bermuda as I racked my bike on race day. I can remember being so happy, excited and (surprisingly) calm to be racing at home. Devastated not to be this year, but I’ll be back.

In the meantime I’ll be there cheering!”
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