Saint Lucian coaches, athletes to meet Olympic legends

Saint Lucian coaches, athletes to meet Olympic legends

Daley Thompson, Steve Cram for Q&A session with local sports personalities, 7:30pm, 20 November at Bay Gardens. Between them, Daley Thompson and Steve Cram have won a whopping 24 medals at major championships, including three World Championship and two Olympic gold medals.

They have held four World records, Thompson breaking the decathlon mark on four different occasions. Cram, known as the Jarrow Arrow, might have been more dominant still had he not been part of that famous trio of British distance runners that included Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.

Now, two of the great athletes of the 1980’s are in Saint Lucia for the second annual Digicel Saint Lucia International Triathlon, and they will be part of a special Question and Answer session leading up to the main event on the morning of Saturday, 22 November.

The Q&A session is set for 7:30pm on Thursday 20 November at Nay Gardens in Rodney Bay Village.

The event is open to athletes and coaches from all sports who are interested in high level performance, but of course with a special emphasis on athletics. During the course of the Q&A, the venerable British champions will share their thoughts on the evolution of sport and the mental approach to training.

Under the patronage of 1st National Bank Saint Lucia, the session will be led by award-winning journalist and IAAF correspondent Terry Finisterre.

Event director of the Digicel Saint Lucia international Triathlon and Competition Manager for the London 2012 Olympic triathlon, John Lunt, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the island’s sports people to meet these two legends of athletics. Daley is an event ambassador and double Olympic champion.

Steve is a World Champion and a BBC athletics commentator. Having them around will make a fabulous addition to the sport offering on the island.”

Daley Thompson comments “Having 1500m legend Steve Cram here on Saint Lucia will certainly lift the week’s activities. I love coming to this beautiful island, it was fantastic last year, it is growing from strength to strength, and I’d like to thank 1st National Bank for sponsoring the Q&A session.”

The Digicel Saint Lucia International Triathlon includes a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough, hilly and challenging bike ride through Cap Estate, and a run loop to Pigeon Island and back. Event distances include:

·         Dagger: 200m swim, 6.6km bike, 2.5km run

·         Pistol: 750m swim, 13.2km bike, 5km run

·         Cutlass: 1500m swim, 26.4km bike, 10km run

·         Relay teams available across all 3 distances.

·         8-12 years old, 11am Saturday: 100m swim, 800m bike, 800m run

·         12-16 years old, 11:30am Saturday: Aquathlon (200m swim, 800 run)

·         Special needs event, 11:45am: 100m swim, 400m wheelchair push

For more details, including schedules and registration information:


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