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Levern Spencer and Darren Sammy have extended their record runs as recipients of Saint Lucia’s Sports Personalities of the Year titles, both winning again for 2014.
The annual Sports Awards ceremony was held Friday night at the Sandals Grande, hosted by the Ministry of Youth Development And Sports, under the auspices of Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy.
Thirty-year-old Spencer, the Caribbean record holder for women’s high jump, won her 12th title. She replaces fellow track and field athlete Makeba Alcide. Spencer’s dominant year included wins at two international competitions in Mexico, medals at the regional and international level, and strongman performances at the highest levels of her sport.
Sammy, in Australia as a member of the West Indies team to the Cricket World Cup, was represented at the awards ceremony by his son, Darren Jr. A 31-year-old all rounder, Sammy played in 2014 for teams in Twenty20 leagues across the planet. A member of the regional One Day International team, he is also captain of the T20 outfit.
Since 2001, this is the seventh time Spencer and Sammy have won in the same year. They were both awardees most recently in 2012, 2010 and 2008.
Stephanie Devaux-Lovell also capped off an outstanding year by becoming the first sailor ever rewarded during Sports Awards. The new Junior Sportswoman of the Year competed and held her own in Laser Radial sailing in North America, South America and Europe during 2014.
The only real surprise of the evening might have been tennis player Adriel Bousquet beating batting all-rounder Johnnel Eugene for Junior Sportsman of the Year. It was the first such title at this level for tennis, though the sport has produced three Sportsman of the Year awards, and one on the distaff side.
Other major awards were presented for Association, Team, Community and School of the Year.
The Saint Lucia Football Association, whose national teams won the Windwards Men’s Championship and advanced to the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, won the Association award. They beat out the Swimming Association and Cricket Association.
The National Under-23 netball team won the Organisation Of Eastern Caribbean States championship on home soil. It was the only win for that sport in what was an otherwise dismal year, but the team played unbeaten on its way to the title.
Micoud was adjudged the most outstanding community in sports over the past 12 months, beating out Soufriere and Mabouya Valley.
The School of the Year title was shared by Vieux Fort Comprehensive and St. Joseph’s Convent.