Saint Lucia’s largest team ever to the Commonwealth Games

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Saint Lucia’s largest team ever to the Commonwealth Games
Levern Spencer
Levern Spencer

Levern Spencer, the 2010 women’s high jump bronze medallist, will lead Saint Lucia’s 32-member team to this month’s XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The contingent, which also includes the nation’s first Commonwealth Games participation in a team sport – netball – was announced to the local media at the Palm Haven Hotel last week Wednesday evening.

Chef de Mission Teddy Matthews announced the team, which will compete in athletics, boxing, netball, shooting, swimming and table tennis.

This is by far Saint Lucia’s biggest team ever to the Commonwealth Games. In 2010, 13 Saint Lucian athletes travelled to New Delhi, India, when Spencer was the only athlete to climb the podium.

This year’s athletics contingent includes heptathlete Makeba Alcide and high jumper Jeanelle Scheper, the Caribbean junior record holder. Three sprinters will travel: Corneil Lionel, Rosen Daniel and Talberc Poleon. Javelin thrower Albert Reynolds returns to the Games, where he finished ninth in 2010. NCAA Division 3 champion Rick Valcin is set to compete in the pole vault.

Saint Lucia will again be represented in boxing, swimming and table tennis. Commonwealth Games veterans Omarie Ferdinand, Jedaiah Pierre and Chris Wells will be joined by Adrian Albert for the table tennis team competition. Saint Lucia had mixed fortunes on the tables in New Delhi, earning singles wins but ending fifth in team play.

The boxing group comprises England-based Ryan Charles, a 91kg heavyweight. Lyndell Marcellin will contest the 64kg lightwelterweight class. Ron Bastien goes in the 69kg welterweight division and Arthur Langelier is down to fight as a 75kg middleweight. In swimming, USA-based Joshua Runako Daniel and Jordan Augier will fly the cerulean blue.

Veteran goal attack Shem Maxwell leads Zalika Paul, OECS Under-23 MVP Ianna Hippolyte, Denise Charles, Chattany Justin, Germaine Altifois-Fenelon, Indira Laurencin-Roachford, Roxanne Snyder, Rommela Hunte, Delia Samuel, Judie Mathurin and Saphia William as Saint Lucia’s first-ever netball team at these Games.

The other sport that was not represented in 2010 is shooting, in which Lennox Mondesir and Arthur Scott will compete. Absent from the sports in which Saint Lucia was represented in New Delhi are cycling and tennis.

Saint Lucia has been participating in the Commonwealth Games since 1962.

The full Saint Lucia contingent to the Games comprises:

Athletics: 
Makeba Alcide – Heptathlon
Jeanelle  Scheper – High Jump
Levern Spencer – High Jump 
Rosen Daniel – 200m / 400m
Talberc Poleon – 400m
Albert Reynolds – Javelin Throw
Corneil Lionel – 100m / 200m
Rick Valcin – Pole Vault

Boxing: 
Ryan Charles – 91kg Heavyweight 
Lyndell Marcellin – 64kg Lightwelterweight
Ron Bastien – 69kg Welterweight 
Arthur Langelier – 75 kg Middleweight
Netball: 
Shem Maxwell (captain)
Zalika Paul (vice-captain)
Ianna Hippolyte
Denise Charles
Chattany Justin
Germaine Altifois-Fenelon
Indira Laurencin-Roachford
Roxanne Snyder
Rommela Hunte
Delia Samuel
Judie Mathurin
Saphia William
Shooting: 
Lennox Mondesir
Arthur Scott
Swimming: 
Joshua Runako Daniel
Jordan Augier

Table Tennis: 

Adrian Albert
Omarie Ferdinand
Jedaiah Pierre
Chris Wells
Officials:
Athletics coaches Gimry Lewis, Gregory Lubin, Henry Bailey. Boxing coach Jorge Gonzalez Dominguez. Swimming coach Jamie Peterkin. Netball coach Connie Francis, manager Rufina Paul, assistant manager / coach Patsy Harewood, trainer Michael Peterkin. Chef de Mission Teddy Matthews. Personal Assistant to the Chef de Mission Simone Matthews. Press Attache Ryan O’Brian.

 

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  1. hello I am ranked 6th in England at light-welter weight. But GB don't like my style they say its to much like the pros. So am am currently getting Saint Lucian citizenship. does anyone know how I can get in contact with the Saint Lucian boxing team?

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  2. Make the trip worthwhile by bring home the glory. Let's get our money's worth. A few gold medals will earn us some recognition in this world. We can use that to boost the tourist industry. Go for it boys and girls.

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  3. I hope the sprinters do well
    Especially Talbec Poleon
    He is the only one there who is locally trained

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  4. Looks like more officials that athletes...and we cry NO MONEY. Where is the young man from the Piayee School?????

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  5. Rufina is the Chief Cook and bottle washer. Her one woman show has to come to an end. Self appointed everything, Manager,President. She is the whole executive.

    Good luck thought o the Netballers.

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  6. Why does Mrs Rufina Paul always want to travel with the Netball team? Is she the only capable Manager that Netball can produce or she just loves the ride?

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  7. Where's that all that $$$ coming from for this? And do we need all these 'Assisitants' and all these Peterkins? Some of these local white folks never feel the pinch of the economic decline.

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  8. Well done Saint Lucia. Well done Mr. Minister of Youth Development and Sports. At long last, Sports in St Lucia is heading back to glory days. Feeling very PROUD

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