Spencer, Augier win at Sports Awards

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Spencer, Augier win at Sports Awards
Levern Spencer
Levern Spencer
Levern Spencer

Levern Spencer has done it again!

The 31-year-old world-ranked high jumper, a 2015 national champion, Pan American Games and North and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (NACAC) champion, as well as an Olympic qualifier, won her 13th Sportswoman of the Year title on Saturday night, extending her dominant record of winning that title stretching back nearly 20 years.

Levern was certainly an unquestioned winner at the 36th edition of the National Sports Awards, well ahead of national cricket captain Yasmine St Ange and youth volleyballer Skye Mondesir.

Less straightforward was a first-time victory for Jordan Augier a 21-year-old swimmer and Olympic hopeful. Jordan won Junior Sportsman of the Year in 2011. On Saturday night, he added Sportsman of the Year to his resume. But the announcement left many scratching their heads, as javelin thrower Albert Reynolds and cricketer Johnson Charles were considered the frontrunners, ahead of Augier and boxer Lyndell Marcellin.

Reynolds in particular was seen as a likely winner, having won a medal at the NACAC Championships and setting not only a National Record, but also the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States record, whilst finishing the year in the top 100 in the world. But for at least the second year in a row, the selection process and the judges have come under scrutiny.

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In the junior categories, the Sportswoman of the Year was record-breaking sprint sensation, Julien Alfred. She held off former Leon Hess Comprehensive schoolmates, swimmer Katie Kyle, and tennis phenom Meggan Dawn William.

West Indies youth cricketer Johnnel Eugene reversed the result from 2015 as he defeated tennis player and 2014 Junior Sportsman of the Year, Adriel Bousquet, as well as high jumper Ace Louis.

Shayne Paul from the Gros Islet Football League and Saint Lucia Football Association was named as the island’s top sports administrator. Soufriere was handed the title of top sporting district.

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  1. IS BEST THEY CALL THEM AWARDS THE DARREN SAMMY AND LEVERN SPENCER AWARDS! GRANTED DARREN SAMMY DIDN'T GET IT THIS YEAR; SURPRISE SURPRISE!!! BUT THIRTEEN TIMES SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR! YOU MEAN IN THAT TIME THERE WAS NO OTHER SPORTS-WOMAN THAT WAS OUTSTANDING BESIDES LEVERN ?!

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    • During that time, Makeba Alcide and others have been named Sportswoman of the Year. Not many women perform at world level. Levern has been doing so for nearly twenty years.

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  2. Congrats to all the awardees. The Sportsman of the Year was definitely a surprise! I'm still trying to understand how that happened. There are a lot of issues with how these awards are doled out. Almost every year, questions are raised about some of the decisions made yet nothing is fixed. First of all, the Volleyballer should have been in the mix, but he wasn't even considered! In other words, he is being punished for being a professional athlete who cannot be at home participating in local tournaments.
    Secondly, an OECS record and a sub regional medal takes a back seat to a swimmer at a division 3 college in the US? I'm not trying to blame Jordan or to belittle his accomplishments, he received the award but. . . something ain't right.

    When athletes are denied what they've rightfully earned, they become discouraged; when they receive what they haven't earned they know it and cannot enjoy the accomplishment. Let's stop discouraging our athletes. Let's give them what they've earned. Hopefully, changes are made so we're not having a similar conversation next year around the same time.

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  3. Hard Luck Albert you deserve this award more than anyone else. Those judges are no good. They do things base on name. Bro keep your head up. God bless

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