Track and field athletes dominated the inaugural School Sports Awards, with Marchand Combined and St Joseph’s Convent among the big winners in terms of schools.
Although a number of schools had complained of the methodology being used to determine the winners of the awards, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports appears to have been satisfied with its efforts in putting this event together for the first time.
The outstanding sports personalities among primary school students were Omega James of Gros Islet Primary / District One and Krysan St Louis from Augier Combined / District Six. Their secondary school counterparts were javelin thrower Denzel St Marthe of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Rochelle Etienne from St Joseph’s Convent.
The primary school awards may have been somewhat puzzling, given that Camille Henry Memorial’s Kadeem Larcher and Tio Rocher Combined’s Lucina Simeon were named athletes of the year in that division.
The other sports winners in the primary schools category were Jordan Hunte of Tapion School (tennis), Zoya Jn Marie of Ave Maria Girls Primary (table tennis), D’andre Ethan Blanchard from Camille Henry and Naima Hazell of Tapion School (swimming), and Nya Polius of Ave Maria Primary School (cycling).
In the upper division, Ryi Maryat of Micoud Secondary was named Best Footballer. Janelle Mathurin of Sir Ira Simmons won Best Netballer. Outstanding young Kimani Melius of Babonneau Secondary was Best Cricketer.
Soufriere Comprehensive’s Luric Simon was given the Male Volleyballer title, whilst Tessiana Norley of Micoud Secondary got the female award. Jean Phillipe Murray of St Mary’s College took the tennis title.
Cherese Darcheville from St Joseph’s Convent and Andrew Daniels from St Mary’s College captured the table tennis awards. Terrel Monplaisir of SMC scooped the swimming award. Jean Michel Eloise of SALCC was the basketball winner. And Calixte Williams of SMC was the cycling winner.
Awards were also given for differently able athletes, with Augustina Lionel of CARE winning in the secondary schools division, and Christy Joseph of Reunion Primary for the lower division.
Marchand Combined cleaned up in the Sports Development Awards, Shirley Ann Lubin copping the Principal’s Award, and the school winning Power of Sport, Outstanding Intra-School Programme, and the Break Through Award, whilst Marchand’s Simon House was named School House of the Year.
Jonathan Chalon of Les Etangs Combined was given the Best Physical Education Teacher title.
Among secondary schools, St Joseph’s Convent’s Sister Rufina Donat took the Principal’s Award, SJC won the Power of Sport Award and Outstanding Intra-School Programme. Soufriere Comprehensive got the Esprit De Corps title, Anse Ger Secondary’s Mercury House was named School House of the Year, and the SALCC Sports Programme got the Break Through Award.
It was back to SJC, though, with the individual awards. Maryann Martial-Montoute was adjudged Best Physical Education Teacher and Yasmin Monrose the Best School Coach.
Lindiely Cazaubon of Marchand Combined was named the primary schools Student Sports Volunteer of the Year. Camrand Henry will bring the secondary schools prize back to Soufriere Comprehensive.
Team of the year was the SALCC boys’ basketball team. The champion School of the year was Soufriere Comprehensive. And the District of the Year was District Six, encompassing schools in Vieux Fort.