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:
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
Ryan Charles – 91kg Heavyweight
Lyndell Marcellin – 64kg Lightwelterweight
Ron Bastien – 69kg Welterweight
Arthur Langelier – 75 kg Middleweight
Shem Maxwell (captain)
Zalika Paul (vice-captain)
Joshua Runako Daniel