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PRESS RELEASE – Annually as the school year winds to a close, Sports Academy – St Lucia opens a 4 week summer program designed to bring a variety of sporting disciplines, environmental activities, learning enrichments,
and artistic endeavors. Designed to develop the lives of our youth, the program has grown from year to year adding additional opportunities each year since 2014.
The Sports Performance Camp, which is known for integration amongst a variety of communities, agencies, and backgrounds throughout St Lucia, has developed from swimming, golf, tennis, and martial arts to including other options such as football, snuba, scuba, cross fit, and more.
This year, one of the added sporting disciplines was cricket – a widely popular sport in St Lucia. Noting that many children with talent don’t often receive motivation to develop their talents or achieve their dreams, Sports Academy took on the venture of adding cricket to its summer program. After much feedback from parents, members, and children, there was excitement about this addition. Since CPL (Caribbean Premiere League) – and specifically the St Lucia Zouks – would be playing matches through the camp, it made sense to connect with them for motivational and inspirational time with the youth of Sports Academy.
This event, originally conceived as a motivational talk, metamorphosed into CPL Beach Olympics hosted by CPL T20 and St Lucia Zouks at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Splash Island Water Park. Mother Nature tried to thwart this grand event, but to no avail. Despite early morning rain approximately 30 children actively participating on Wednesday, July 20th, the children gathered to meet the likes of Tom Moody, Darren Sammy, Johnson Charles, David Miller, Shane Watson, Grant Elliot, Michael Hussey,
Keddy Lesporis and more. The event was laid out into 3 activities: Splash Island Circuit, Water Volleyball, and Beach Sprint Relay. Six teams were formed allowing the children to interact with, be guided by, and inspired to give their best by various Zouks players as captains. In the end, one team would walk away with the champion trophy for each event.
Water Volleyball – Team Sammy; Splash
Island Circuit – Team Morkel; Beach Sprint Relay – Team Lesporis.
The excitement could be seen note only through the children but the staff of the CPL, Zouks, and Sports Academy the same. The high-fives, dancing, and camaraderie amongst a group of more than 50 persons in total filled the beach with joy and smiles. According to Thalia Bergasse, coach for Sports Academy – St Lucia, “The day was more than expected. It was impressive to see the interaction with the players – especially helping some of the smaller children complete the obstacles on the circuit.”
With emotions running high and the children brimming from the encouragement they received from the players, cricket didn’t stop there. On Thursday, July 21st, Sports Academy was graced by Tom Moody, Director of Cricket for CPL and Pete Russell, Chief Operating Officer for CPL for their cricket session held at the Gros Islet playing field. The duo engaged the children, both boys and girls from 7 to 17, in a variety of cricket drills, noticing there is some young talent in the group waiting to be developed. Allian Ashby, cricket coach on the Sports Performance camp, excitedly commented that he was learning a lot himself from two CPL executives.
Tom Moody further encouraged the youth to “Surround yourself with people who only encourage you. You’re very lucky to be involved in this program, because you got people you’re surrounded by that will help you realize your dreams.” In his closing statement, “You can be anything you like” children were encouraged to be pilots, tennis players such as Serena Williams, or the next Zouks.
What’s next for Sports Academy and cricket? First off, on Saturday July 23rd they have been invited to the St Lucia Zouks match against the Barbados Tridents. Further down the line, is the continuation of a cricket program after the Sports Performance Camp is finished. This is an endeavor which Sports Academy will look to encourage development of talent that goes unnoticed.
For more information about Sports Academy – St Lucia, please contact 460-8894 or 285-8894. If you are inquiring to support this charitable trust through volunteer efforts, donations, or other assistance please email [email protected]