He learnt his cricket in the ‘bottom’ – that valley between Morne Du Don and La Pansee, together with other cricket mad youngsters in the area.
Despite its limitations in size and sitting, the ‘bottom’ produced a number of top local cricketers. Among them were Stanley French, who was one of the better batsmen in St. Lucia and the Windward Islands in his time. Other players included the brothers, Victor and Lytton Girard, McGregor Octave, Irvine Norville, Garnet Green, Rene Edward, Stephen Phillips and Did you know Julian Robert Hunte was a well-respected cricket administrator throughout the region?
He was elected General Secretary of the St. Lucia Cricket Association in 1963, he moved on to become the President of the local organization and then he was elected to head the Windward Islands Cricket Board – a post he held for over twenty years. Hunte’s post as the Windward Islands Cricket Board lead administrator gained him a position on the West Indies Board. However, his performance at that level saw him gain regular election to the top position of the regional body.
Hunte served with distinction on the West Indies Cricket Board and was among those who were credited with formulating the new chart for the development of cricket in the region.
When in 1998 he chose to resign from the post of Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Board, in favor of a position as St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, he had given more than 35 years of committed service to the cause of developing cricket, not only in St. Lucia but in the At the time of his resignation, Hunte was chairman of the committee responsible for the development of cricket in the ‘less developed countries’ of Canada, Bermuda and the United States of America, in addition to special attention being paid to the Windward Islands.
Source: Outstanding Sports Personalities of St. Lucia by Rupert J. Branford – 2000
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