PRESS RELEASE – It was a battlefield at the National Tennis Centre last week as the St. Lucia Tennis Association Inc. hosted the 4th Annual National Schools Tennis Tournament sponsored by National Lotteries Authority of St.Lucia, 4 time sponsor St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd(LUCELEC) and the Eastern Caribbean Financial Holdings (ECFH).
Excitement was booming this past week with 144 students participating in Schools from around the island. Primary schools who are part of the National Tennis centre’s Schools Tennis Initiative; such as Grande Rivierre Primary, Monchy Primary, La Guerre Primary and Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary, all did their best and came out for that number one title.
Among the secondary schools participating were Leon Hess Comprehensive, St. Mary’s College, Micoud Secondary, Castries Comprehensive, The International School, Corinth Secondary, Babonneau Secondary and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College just to name a few.
In the end it all came down to talent, technique and mental conditioning. Mini tennis Expo was an enjoyable mini session for the mini junior players. Invites were sent out to our NTC community outreach program participants and the response was outstanding. A total of 22 students from Ciceron Primary, Millet Primary, Ave Maria Girls’ Primary, Grande Riviere Primary and Gros Islet Primary attended the day’s mini tennis exhibition.
The atmosphere was fun filled with the students eager to start hitting the balls. With smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, it offered the perfect introduction to tennis match play, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.
This was a great way for players to continue their progress from the weekly sessions. At the end of it all junior players from the Grande Riviere Primary School outlasted their counterparts. Special thanks to Mr. Charles from Grande Riviere Primary who is always hard at work with the players. Also to Mr Stephen from the Ciceron Combined school, Ms. Prospere representing the Millet Infant School and Ms. Petite of the Ave Maria Girls’ Primary.
The Final Results were as follows:
Girls 10s – played round robin format player with most wins: Iyana Paul – Grande Riviere Primary School Second most wins Finalist: Latoya Murray – Grande Riviere Primary School
Boys 10 Finalist: Orlando Augustin – Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School
Winner: Saneil Bernard – Grande Riviere Primary School
Consolation Winner: Daniel Lay – Tapion Private School
Consolation Runner Up: Marc Devaux – Camille Henry Memorial
Girls 12 Finalist: Niesha Cherry – Monchy Primary School
Winner: Rianne Joseph – Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School
Boys 12 Finalist: Arden Rosemond – Monchy Primary School
Winner: Jason Hunte – Tapion Private School
Consolation Winner: Darran Donaie – Gros Islet Primary School
Consolation Runner Up: Riedel Clerville- Monchy Primary School
Girls 14 Finalist: Mya Eugene – Leon Hess Comprehensive School
Winner: Navit Isaac – St. Joseph’s Convent
Consolation Winner – Natalya Guillaume – The International School
Consolation Runner Up: Melissa Hackshaw – The International School
Boys 14 Finalist: Nicholas St. John – Leon Hess Comprehensive School
Winner: Aidan Bousquet – St. Mary’s College
Consolation Winner: Troy Joseph – Leon Hess Comprehensive School
Consolation Runner Up: Brandon Mauricette – Babonneau Secondary
Girls 18 Finalist: Jayda Hunte – Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Winner: Meggan William – Leon Hess Comprehensive School
Boys 18 Finalist: Clent Mitchel – Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Winner: Adriel Bousquet – St. Mary’s College
The tennis tournament closed off with the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 17th November, special awards were as follows:
- Female Sportsmanship – Aliyel Fontenelle – Camille Henry Memorial
- Male Sportsmanship – Darran Donaie – Gros Islet Primary School
- Female Sportsmanship – Julian Joseph – Babonneau Secondary
- Male Sportsmanship –Simon Desir – St. Mary’s College
- Female Sportsmanship – Krystal Nicholas – SALCC
- Male Sportsmanship – Zachary DuBoulay – Bonne Terre Prep
Most Committed Team Captain: Amber St. Rose – SALCC
Most Disciplines Player of the Tournament: Natalya Guillaume – The International School
Outstanding grassroots players – we present these juniors with tennis rackets which were donated from the United Through Sport Organization – who donated these rackets to the SLTAI earlier this year. These juniors took every opportunity to train for this tournament and delivered exceptional performance
- Grande Riviere – Ronaldo St. Juste
- Monchy – Niesha Cherry
- Micoud – Jahil Charles
- Grande Riviere Primary – Colvin Paul
- La Guerre – Daisy Paul ( special mention, youngest in tournament, keep up the dedication and discipline in the sport of tennis)
The National Schools Tennis Tournament has been in existence for four years now with Lucelec partnering with the St Lucia Tennis Association from inception and is still on board as the official and cooperate sponsor for this event.
Partnering with the Tennis Association for the first time as main sponsor is the St Lucia National Lotteries Authority whose contribution will create a positive impact on the success of this tournament. The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company as a social partner has embraced the sport of tennis and joined hands with the Tennis Association for the second time in promoting this annual event.
This tennis tournament would not be possible without the endorsement and support of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the Ministry of Education Human Resource Development and Labor.
Tremendous appreciation goes out again to all sponsors and teachers, parents and members of the tennis fraternity who came out to show their support.