Athletes chosen for Commonwealth Youth Games

Athletes chosen for Commonwealth Youth Games
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Rochelle

Although no official public announcement has been made by the Saint Lucia Athletics Association or the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, three athletes have been chosen to represent the nation at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa this September. And the selection is arousing no end of debate.

Daivon St Prix will compete in High Jump Boys. Rochelle Etienne will take part in Javelin Girls. And Sherlan Jules will contest the 100m and 200m Girls.

The choice of Etienne is fairly straightforward. She represented Saint Lucia at last year’s Youth Olympics, has made consecutive CARIFTA teams, and is easily the best young javelin thrower the island has seen since Erma Gene Evans, who went on to win Pan Am Junior gold and qualified for the Olympics.

Based on 2011 results, Etienne would be in the best position to medal in Samoa, but given her lack of improvement since failing to medal at CARIFTA this year, that is questionable. Still, a lot has been invested in the development of the 2014 Junior Female Athlete Of The Year, and her ticket can certainly be justified.

St Prix, meanwhile, is the best youth (under-18) high jumper on island. Although he only attained his best height of 1.90m last week (AFTER he had already been named to the team) that performance would have been good enough to get him a bronze medal at the 2011 Games.

So far, though, at least four Commonwealth youth have cleared 2.14m or better for the year. As with most meets at that time of year, his position may come down to who else is entered as much as it does to his performance.

But it is the inclusion of Jules that has led to the greatest opposition. Her best times this season – 12.32 seconds and 26.05, respectively – would have given her sixth place in the 2011 100m final, and would have left her out of the 200m final entirely. Amongst eligible athletes this season, the top 100m times in the Commonwealth are all under 11.55, whilst the top three 200m times are all nearly 2.5 seconds faster than Jules’.

More to the point, Jules is not close to being the best sprinter on island in her age group this year. In the 100m, Mechaela Hyacinth has twice gone under 12 seconds, and is Saint Lucia’s only qualifier for the World Youth Championships, whilst Gabrielle Tobierre ran a windy 12.07 at Nationals. Meanwhile, Allana Paul ran a windy 25.36 in the 200, with Mijan Augustus, Kimani Alphonse and Tonisha Hilton all ahead of Jules, who finished just fifth in her division at Nationals.

As previously mentioned, a meet like this can so often depend just upon who’s there. Who can get time off from school, who’s in anything approaching competitive shape, who’s not already turned attention to 2016. But the decision-making of the SLAA and SLOC has left many scratching their heads. If Saint Lucia is not getting it right in 2015, who’s to say local selectors will make good in 2017? If ever.

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  1. I'm not sure why anyone is surprised. This is not the first time the SLAA/SLOC are choosing athletes that are not deserving. The athletics fraternity remains mute like they drink moo moo pills. It will never stop. The coaches and athletes will get no respect unless they demand it. Such a waste!!

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  2. I bet is people like Bailey instigating these selections so he could travel the world over and over and over and over again. This man needs a special award for the most travelling coach in St.Lucia.

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  3. St lucia sports need a hand. To much stupidity. I did not want to believe that they just grab children and go have a good time abroad but that seems to be the vybz am getting. Seems to be the NORTHERNERS killing sports. Smh. Even in the way they give awards. Seems like when it's college or convent there were trophies for second places but wen it was other schools no second place recognition.

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    • Northerners? It's stupid divisiveness that those running sports into the ground love to read. Good thing I work to develop SAINT LUCIANS and not northerners or southerners. I wonder whether the Minister of Sports and School Sports Coordinator are NORTHERNERS, SOUTHERNERS... or maybe EASTERNERS?

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  4. It is a waste of time to be an athlete in this country. Where is the support. The are better kids who the SLAAA can select. Congrats to these but where is the ras Ibed what are they doing to further such a great athlete. Shame on you. Anyway who God bless no man curse.

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  5. The government don't invest enough in our athletes . We should follow Jamaica's, Trinidad and even Barbados's example. I guess they are not embarrassed when all the islands are achieving and we are not. It just goes to show, how much they don't care about the youth and we wonder why crime is growing on an island where people use to care about each other. Too sad

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  6. What's new smh..... It's not the first time the selection is questioned they do it year in year out. Track and Field need some new administrators people who have a genuine interest in the sport .

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  7. SLAA and SLOC continuing to kill athletes and their dreams. Parents get your kids out of track and field in St. Lucia.

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  8. too many jokers in sports administration....especially athletics...them fellers don't care about who perform, or who training..they just want to travel around the world...and pick up any child they favor and go drink their rum oversees

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  9. The SLAA and SLOC need to be transparent and provide the justification for their selections

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