Sports Minister Zane DeSilva has extended “hearty congratulations” to Bermuda’s world-renowned triathlete Flora Duffy and the Bermuda Under 17 Women’s National Team for their triumphant victories over the weekend.

Duffy claimed a fifth victory of the season in the World Triathlon Series, crossing the ling first at ITU World Triathlon in Stockholm, Sweden. And Bermuda’s Under 17 Women’s National Team recorded their third consectuive victory at the weekend beating Aruba 13 – 1 in CONCACAF Caribbean Qualifiers in St Lucia.

In a statement released on Monday, the Minister said: “I am extremely pleased to celebrate the continued success of Bermuda’s athletes. Flora’s unwavering success never ceases to make Bermuda proud; what she achieves – time after time – is absolutely astounding. She is proving that even though we are but a dot on the world map, if our people work hard, there is no reason for us not to reach world class status. As only the second woman to record five first-place finishes in a season, she has made an indelible mark on the sport worldwide. I wish her all the best at the WTS Grand Final in Rotterdam on September 16.

“The Under 17 girls once again showed that hard work will produce positive results. Bermuda – who has already defeated St Lucia 3-0 and Antigua and Barbuda 5-0 – put on an impressive battle during this tournament at the weekend, winning all three games. We are so proud of our young ladies.”

The U-17 Women’s team was due to return to Bermuda last night from Miami.