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.
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.