Did you know Carol and Hollis Bristol were two brothers who emerged among the leading sportsmen of their era?
They represented St. Lucia in football and cricket and they also captained the national team in the two disciplines.
The elder brother, Carol, captained the St. Mary’s College team during the Windward Islands inter-school tournament in 1947 and 1948.
At age 18, he gained selection on the St. Lucia team for the Stow Cup Windward Islands series in Dominica. He was more at home on the football field, where he played for St. Mary’s at left back.
At 19 years he was selected to lead the St. Lucia team in the Popham Tournament in St. Vincent.
In 1950, his sporting career was interrupted when he left the island to study law in the U.K. When he returned to St. Lucia in 1954, he joined V.A.D.C. together with Vincent and Aidan Floissac under the captaincy of Headley Monlouis.
Carol then moved to Grenada to practice law, he was not actively involved in sports but he became a sports administrator, serving as Secretary of the Windward Island Cricket Board for several years.
His other sporting activities also included serving as Commodore of the Grenada Yacht Club and organizing cricket matches for veterans.
Did you know Hollis captained St. Lucia and the Windward Island Cricket teams?
Hollis was among St. Lucia’s top lawn tennis players and he gained selection on the national team for the regional Brandon Lawn Tennis competition.
At 15 years old, Hollis was selected on the St. Mary’s College team in both cricket and football and was a member of the College team for the Windward Island Inter-schools series.
When Hollis no longer participated actively in sports, he served as deputy West indies selector under Frankie Thomas of St. Vincent. He is credited of having paved the way for Mike Findlay of St. Vincent and Grayson Shillingford of Dominica to make the West Indies team.
Source: Outstanding Sports Personalities of St. Lucia by Rupert J. Branford – 2000
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