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(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) has come through a strong year, when its senior national women’s team in particular grabbed the headlines, competing at a high level in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The team has had a lot of great contributors, but it was Kameka Cherylee ‘KC’ President of VBCC Stingers who really caught the attention of the rugby sorority during the 2018 RTEK RAN Women’s Sevens tournament, hosted by Barbados last September.
Saint Lucia finished fourth, and President was named to the tournament Dream Team, one of just three women from the English-speaking Caribbean on the seven-member selection. President had 29 points – five tries and two conversions – in six matches in Barbados.
For her performances during the last 12 months, where she also had strong outings at the 4th Monique Ribeaut Female Rugby 7s Tournament in Guadeloupe, and the 3rd Trophée Atlantique Feminin Rugby 7s in Martinique, both of which Saint Lucia won, President has been named female player of the year for 2018.
The junior female player of the year, Mylene Grunberg, has solidified her place on the senior national team, where she continues to impress. The top junior male player, Tyrese Samuels of Whiptail Warriors, is also a fixture on the senior men’s team. No award was made for the senior male player of the year.
Two more women were, however, recognised by the SLRFU for their contributions to the sport. Chantel John has been named official of the year. She refereed the final of the Barbados World Rugby 7’s in December, after doing herself and her country proud at the RAN 7’s. She has been officiating since 2015.
Meanwhile, Renetta Frederick has been dubbed coach of the year. The diminutive but powerful veteran leads The BodyHoliday women’s team, as well as the national unit. With BodyHoliday, she won the LUCELEC Michael Mathurin Tournament and Magnificent Seven International Tournament in 2018.
According to SLRFU president, Roger Butcher, the organisation has also made a special posthumous award to the late Micheal Mathurin, a long-time player, coach, and official.