Prime Minister lauds sports personalities

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Prime Minister lauds sports personalities
Jordan Augier
Jordan Augier
Jordan Augier

The 36th edition of the National Sports Awards was concluded on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Levern Spencer and Jordan Augier were named as Saint Lucia’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.

Spencer, a 31-year-old world-ranked high jumper, and 2015 Pan American Games champion, won her 13th title. Augier, an Olympic hopeful swimmer, won his first senior title, having been named Junior Sportsman of the Year in 2011. Awards were also presented on Saturday evening for winning athletes, teams, coaches, administrators, and districts.

Although he was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony extended his felicitations to the nominees, the winners, and the organisers, setting Ms. Spencer for specific mention.

Said Dr. Anthony:

“I must congratulate all of the award recipients, the teams and individuals who represented themselves, their families, their communities, and indeed all of Saint Lucia, to the very best of their capability through the 12 months past. It is truly heartening to see the volume of sport that has been included in the programme for Independence 37, and it is really gratifying to witness our youth benefitting from and taking full advantage of the investment that this Government has made in positioning them for success on and off the field of play.

“But amongst all of the winners, I think it is fitting that we single out Levern Spencer for special attention. What a tremendous example she is for our young people, our up and coming athletes in particular. But Levern is an exceptional example for all of us as proud and patriotic Saint Lucians. Her dedication to her craft, her tremendous self-confidence and ambition, her dignity, and above all, her ability to compete with the very best in the world – these are the attributes that make her a champion worthy of celebration, and worthy of emulation.

“This is part of the fabric of who we are as a people, and it was telling that Levern once again matched her Caribbean record on the same day she was being lauded by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, who staged an excellent and well-received ceremony.

“To those who were not recognised on the night, I encourage you to keep striving for the top. Remain steadfast, and you will reap the rewards.”

Among the other winners, Jamaica-based sprinter Julien Alfred and West Indies youth cricketer Johnnel Eugene were named Junior Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year, whilst Soufriere were named as the top sporting district.

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  1. Kudos to Lavern. While we laud her accomplishments, the sport which she represents, track and field has been subjected to the Hospidium since 2009 when the hospital burned down. It's almost 7 years! I think it's great that we have a ceremony to honor the athletes and give them prizes etc but what are we doing on the ground? Our most accomplished sportsperson is from track and field but look at the state of the home of track and field. Give me a break! Can't even bring a crowd to the stadium to maybe spot the next Lavern Spencer, things falling from the roof ready to kill you, no place for parents tand spectators to sit except a couple of bleaches. We're not ready yet.

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  2. With all due respect to Miss Spencer and her achievement for hard work and a role model for our youth. Isn't it s bit sad that to date we cannot get another young lady to take this award or even compete for it? This was the ideal form to tell the young sports men and women what plans you have for them to help the pursue the highest level in sports. You and he Min. of Youth and Sports may boast about facilities with lights being constructed. A vision of the late Sir John Melvin Compton, as explained in his last budget presentation. and I quote :

    "However, we must begin to maximize on these facilities. Nowhere is the need for this more evident than in the development of our sporting infrastructure at the community level. The simple fact is that these facilities are currently underutilized because, for the most part, they are only available during the day. We have to adopt a new approach by providing lighting at all of these facilities. The impact of making these facilities available during the evening would be enormous, both in terms of wider access and the level of organized, competitive and disciplined activities that would take place".

    Extracted from page 32 of the 2006 budget address.

    It appears that you profit the opportunity to make money from the construction of these facilities and have not spent on the necessary programs which would have made these facilities more useful and productive. Imagine today in Vieux Fort, there is a lighted and fenced facility and Vieux Fort could not produced their own cricket team in the ongoing Kenny Anthony Independent T20 competition. You need to stop fooling the young people of St Lucia.

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  3. Woye!!! Some people are too obvious! What a joke! I had to pick myself off the floor. Really? Good Lord! This country has come to this?

    Can you believe this? Someone continuously trying to bask in the reflection of the greatness and performance of national athletes to shore up their value and contribution in a re-election campaign?

    Wait a minute. Are Saint Lucians that dumb? Where on earth but in Saint Lucia would that ever be considered a useful criterion for returning someone to elected office?

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