Premier Cox Praises Butterfield On Olympic Effort

August 7, 2012

Earlier today [Aug 7] Premier Paula Cox attended the Men’s Triathlon at the 2012 London Olympics, to cheer on Bermudian Tyler Butterfield, who finished in 34th position.

Premier Cox said, “Tyler represented Bermuda proudly and is truly an inspiration to all Bermudian athletes. He had the fastest time in the cycling part of the Triathlon. Also, he was the only cyclist to bring the third pack to the second pack and was alone in the chase to the lead pack.

“Following the race, he told us how pleased he was to hear us and see the flag. He truly did Bermuda proud and showed true grit and determination. We consider Tyler to be a true champion and a distinguished sportsman who gave a valiant effort today.”

A Government spokesperson said, “Premier Cox, who along with the Minister of Youth, Families and Sports, Glenn Blakeney, is currently in London this week to support Bermuda’s Olympic athletes participating in the London Games. It should be noted that the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has graciously provided courtesies for visiting official Country representatives.

“On Thursday (Aug. 9) the Premier and Minister Blakeney, will host a special reception in honour of our athletes competing in the Games.

“The event will be held at Aspers Sky Bar, Westfield City, 312 The Loft, Montfichet Road, Olympic Park E20 1ET, at 6.00pm. The event is open to all Bermudians and friends of Bermuda who have either travelled to London to support our athletes or those who reside in the UK.”

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  1. wowsa says:

    Tyler isn’t just an astounding athlete , he’s a great guy too. His entire family should be proud of the effort that resulted in a person all kids should look up to.
    (His brother’s no slouch either , and dad went to the Olympics too)

    Well done Tyler , I’m sure there’s more things to come.

    btw , that is without a doubt the most animated photo of the Premier I’ve ever seen. Pity she can’t emulate that body language more often.

  2. Everett Outerbridge says:

    A great effort!

  3. Local says:

    Congrats to Tyler! But he’s not the only Bermudian Olympian competing, hope she makes time for the others.

  4. Limey says:

    Congrats Tyler!!! Fatstest in the cycling is amazing!!! On another note i notics Paula is hosting the athletes at Aspers, which if anyone doesnt know is a chain of casinos across the UK, maybe she will play roulette, and double or nothing with the bermuda 1.5billion debt, red or black??

    • Swing Voter says:

      ya Limey, my co-worker said the same thing…..loving it when our boys get honorable mentions. same with the kirland bros finished 2nd in one of the sailing races. For such a small country we do produce some magical moments on the world stage…..too bad the team sports got the bulk of government sponsorship over the last 4 years. these guys deserve sponsorship to train overseas uninterrupted for the 2016 games.

  5. Local says:

    Well done Tyler, Watched as much of the race as I could before having to leave for work. During the cycling part heard your name called out by the commentator – great moment!

    Well done to all the athletes who represented Bermuda so well.

  6. walls says:

    Nice to see the smiles!!

  7. Moonbeam says:

    Congrats to Tyler – a fine example of a ‘sportsman’ and ‘sportsmanship’ !
    It will be interesting to see if the Premier ( or any other Government official )attends the Paralympics to support Bermuda’s first-ever Track & Field Paralympian !

  8. Victor says:

    Premier: “Ask Dad if he wants to buy back the cement silos?”

    Tyler: “Naw, he’s had enough ‘Island Construction…’”