Barrow family's pride at success of Bermudan triathlon star

11 August 2017 3:29PM

A BARROW family are celebrating the continued successes of a champion triathlete .... from Bermuda.

Although reigning world triathlon champion Flora Duffy hasn’t been to Barrow for the best part of a decade, her links to the area are strong.

Flora’s dad Charlie was born and bred in Barrow, while still living in the town is his sister – Flora’s aunt – Anne Reed.

Anne, her husband John, and other family members have travelled far and wide supporting Flora and seen her rise steadily to the top in the tough swim-cycle-run endurance sport.

The three-times Olympian’s prowess was on display on these shores in June when she dominated the BBC-televised ITU World Triathlon Series race in Leeds.

That was one of several impressive victories Flora as earned to help her lead this year’s ITU World Series, and her Furness family members were in Yorkshire to witness it.

“We went to support her in Leeds and we also went to support her at the Rio Olympics where she came eighth,” said Flora’s auntie Anne of Park Drive, Barrow.

Flora’s dad Charlie – a former Sacred Heart and Barrow Grammar School pupil – moved to Bermuda in the 1970s, after working as an articled clerk and beginning his training as a chartered accountant at RF Miller in Barrow.

“Charlie now lives in Bermuda which is where Flora was born. He often brought Flora and the rest of the family to visit,” explained Anne.

“She’s getting married in South Africa in December and we hope to be there.”

So if you see a Bermuda flag hanging proudly outside a house in Barrow this summer you now know the reason why.

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