Team Saint Lucia will be in action on the third day of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
Sunday will be the second day of competition after the games got underway on Friday with a grand opening ceremony. The spectacular affair was highlighted by the live performance of Latin American pop star Ricky Martin, who performed his new single “Adios” among other songs from his multi-award winning greatest hits.
Saint Lucia’s 15-member team is set to compete in seven sports in Mexico.
The challenge gets underway in cycling, with the 31-year-old Maraj twins, Kurt and Kirk, entered in the Men’s Individual Time Trial on Sunday morning. Kurt finished 13th in this event at the last CAC Games in 2010. The twins, Saint Lucia’s leading cyclists, will also be contesting the Men’s Road Race on November 23. Both cycling events are being held on the Xalapa-Coatepec Route.
The swimming competition at the Leyes de Reforma Aquatic Center gets underway on Saturday, but Saint Lucia’s sole qualifier, 19-year-old Jordan Augier, will not be entering the pool until Wednesday, November 19. His first race will be the men’s 50m Backstroke followed on Thursday by the 50m Freestyle.
A pair of 24-year-olds will represent the island in men’s boxing. Miguel Auguste, a 75kg middleweight, will be the first Saint Lucian ever to step into the ring in CAC Games boxing. On Friday, November 21, he will be in action at the World Trade Center. Auguste will be followed on the Saturday thereafter by Dalton George in the 60kg lightweight class.
In sailing, Stephanie Devaux-Lovell is entered in the women’s Single Handed Laser Radial competition. The 19-year-old is set to begin her six-day sail from Sunday, November 23 at Gaviotas Beach.
At 17, Julia D’Auvergne is the youngest member of Team Saint Lucia. Under her father’s guidance, she will be contesting the women’s singles from Monday, Novemer 24 at the Las Palmas Racquet Club. D’Auvergne is set to be Saint Lucia’s first competitor in the tennis arena at these games since 1993.
Saint Lucia’s likeliest hope for medals will be in track and field, at Heriberto Jara Corona Stadium. Miguel Louis will go in the men’s long jump on Tuesday, November 25, and Levern Spencer will attempt to defend her women’s high jump title the following day. On Thursday, teenager Marbeq Edgar will contest the men’s 1500m, and early on Friday morning, 24-year-old NCAA Division 3 champion Rick Valcin is in the men’s pole vault.
Dania Hamilton and Samantha Mann-Reid will play the women’s draw, whilst Julian Bissette and Joseph Clercent will go in the men’s for beach volleyball at Marti Beach, the only team sport in which Saint Lucia is entered. Beach volleyball serves off on November 26 and continues until the end of the month.
The Central American and Caribbean Games have become one of the most recognised sports events in Latin American and is used as a window for young, upcoming athletes to showcase their abilities in anticipation of the Pan American and the Olympic Games.