Premier Paula Cox and Minister of Youth, Families and Sport Glenn Blakeney are currently in London at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Premier Cox said, “It is important to show the flag for Bermuda and our athletes who were selected and earned their place here as part of the world’s best. Often I travel to promote Bermuda business. While I have a meeting to promote Bermuda’s business here in London, I am proud to also switch hats to show my support for our Bermudian athletes.”
Last night, Premier Cox and Minister Blakeney attended the Olympic Stadium for the track and field events, and they along with more than 80,000 people watched the Olympic Men’s 100 meter final, where Usain Bolt once again bested the field to win the gold medal.
Premier Cox said the occasion was “a memorable one, not soon to be forgotten”.
“This has been an amazing experience. The atmosphere here in London is so electric. The crowds are so passionate, and the calibre of athletes has been first class. Certainly the men’s 100 meter final featuring Usain Bolt was the highlight of today’s events. It truly was a wonderful spectacle,” the Premier said.
Premier Cox continued, “I and Minister Blakeney are so pleased that we are able to be here to support all of Bermuda’s Olympic athletes. They have given such a tremendous effort at these games and all of Bermuda should be so very proud of their achievement.
“It was great also to run into Bermudian Patrick.Singleton who is here also in an official capacity.”
Premier Cox said: “Bermuda is aggressive on many fronts. We take our sports seriously. Further we take the accomplishments of our Bermudian athletes seriously.
“We pride ourselves on our reputation-business friendly, credible and strategic. We are taking the gloves off on every front. I am proud of our Bermudians who are doing their best to represent the Island and our spirit well. That is what will continue to distinguish us and differentiate us – our competitive spirit and sense of fair play. Long may it continue.”
Meanwhile, Minister Blakeney who witnessed first hand Bermuda’s athletes performances this weekend said, “I had the distinct privilege to see Flora Duffy make a very commendable effort during the women’s Olympic Triathlon after taking a nasty spill early in the cycle leg of the race.
“Although I’m sure she was disappointed, Flora proudly represented Bermuda and I had the pleasure of visiting with her shortly after her event to convey how impressed I was with her determination.
“I also saw Tyrone Smith compete in the Finals of the Men’s Long Jump as one of the world’s 12 best athletes in that event.
“Jillian Terceira just missed making the third qualifier and I look forward to seeing Tyler Butterfield and Arantxa King who both compete this Tuesday in the Men’s Triathlon and Women’s Long Jump, respectively.”
A Government spokesperson said: “Later this week, [Thursday, Aug. 9] the Premier will host a special reception in London for the Bermuda athletes, where she and Minister Blakeney will personally thank them for representing Bermuda with pride, integrity and grace.
“It should be noted that the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has graciously provided courtesies for visiting official Country representatives.”