Saint Lucia finished fourth and last at the 2014 Windward Islands School Games, and last in track and field. When the dust settled on this year’s running, jumping and throwing action, Team Saint Lucia was third.
The Games got off to a start at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Dominica on Sunday. Sponsored by Canadian Bank Note (CBN) & WINLOTT, the meet is organisd by the Sports Division in the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture & Constituency Empowerment.
Grenada topped the standings with 28 medals, 15 of them gold, and a total of 182 points, in a system with seven points for first place, five for second, four for third, three, two and one for fourth, fifth and sixth.
Grenada dominated the boys track events, winning all five individual events and both relays.
Dominica earned five gold medals, all coming in field events. They got 19 medals in all, and 136 points in total.
Saint Lucia got four gold medals, but just 13 total medals, ending with 105 points. 14-year-old Julien Alfred won the girls 100m (12.0) and 200m (24.8). The latter event was Saint Lucia’s strongest, with Allana Paul (25.9) finishing third.
Paul also contributed points in the 400m, where she was third (59.8) in a virtual blanket finish.
Desran Desir won the boys long jump (6.79m) and was second in triple jump (13.50m), whilst Kamillah Monroque won the girls 1500m (5:20.2) and was fourth in the 800m (2:39.0). Rochelle Etienne was second in girls shot put (11.15m) and third in javelin throw (33.70m).
Despite just one gold medal, St Vincent and the Grenadines were hot on Saint Lucia’s heels with 102 points, courtesy of 15 medals, including eight second-place finishes and six events in which they ended third.
During the opening ceremony, which preceded the track and field, athletes were inspected by His Excellency the President of Dominica, Mr Charles A. Savarin, who was present with his wife.
Speeches came from the Dominica’s Sports Coordinator, Trevor Shillingford; Member of Parliament for the Roseau Central, Hon. Joseph Isaac; representatives of the sponsors, Murray Bullock and Simon Wall, the Minister of Sports in Dominica, Justina Charles and delegates from visiting islands.
The ceremony also featured performances from singer Tronnel Pacquette and the Universal Martial Arts Academy.