Wednesday, 4 August 2015 marks a year until the start of Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro 2016. For some Saint Lucians, it will mark another step on their journey towards Olympic representation.
The island will be represented at the North and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (NACAC) Senior Championship by a six-member team, including four field events athletes.
The team is travelling to San Jose, Costa Rica, for the five-day meet. They will be travelling through Trinidad and Tobago.
The group is led by Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean champion, Levern Spencer. The 31-year-old will try to add a NACAC gold to her collection in women’s high jump.
Also contesting the women’s high jump will be Makeba Alcide, a combined events athlete and a fledgling professional. Makeba, based in Iowa, will also be competing in the women’s 100m hurdles.
Sandisha Antoine had been considered for last month’s Pan Am Games at the last minute, but she withdrew her name. Instead, the 24-year-old took part in long jump and triple jump in the French championships.
Team Saint Lucia also includes two track athletes. The USA-based duo of Marbeq Edgar and Michael James will run the men’s 800m. Marbeq, Saint Lucia’s national champion, will also compete in the 1500m.
The team is accompanied by Dane Magloire and Roger Grangenois as coaches, and the treasurer of the Saint Lucia Athletics Association, Cornelius Breen, as congress delegate and team manager.