The triumphant “Team Saint Lucia” returned home on Friday, December 7, 2012 after beating the home team Dominica in a thrilling encounter at the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica the day before.
Director of Youth Development and Sports, Victor Reid, says the team’s victory is proof to the entire nation that sports men and women are deserving of more support and encouragement.
“If the other sporting disciplines can take a page from what the cricket association has done. It will auger well for sports development in Saint Lucia. What this team has done is a great accomplishment because after struggling in the wilderness for 43 years to come through and win is an accomplishment of great magnitude. You have made it to one of the highest levels of cricket the next level for you is West Indies cricket.”
The Government of Saint Lucia is optimistic that the victory of the team will serve as encouragement to the nation’s youth that they too can excel.
Team Saint Lucia Vice Captain Keddy Lesporis says the victory is for the people of Saint Lucia and can hopefully rekindle its interest in sports locally.
“We accept this accomplishment as a stepping stone to work and to fight harder to bring more of these accomplishments to Saint Lucia. It has been a good year as we won the World Cup and we are champions of the Windward Island Tournament after such a long time.”
When the final run was scored, Team Saint Lucia beat Dominica by two wickets to claim the title of Windward Island 50 overs cricket champions.
The team, in the coming days, is expected to be the guest of Youth Development and Sports Minister Honourable Sean Edward who will pay special tribute to them on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia.