UPDATED: Sports awards produce a mixed bag (see photos)

By Terry Finisterre, SNO Sports Correspondent

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2014 Sportswoman of the Year Levern Spencer (right) collects her award from Sports Minister Shawn Edward. * Photos by Marius Modeste

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.

Darren Sammy’s son collecting his father’s trophy.

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.

Junior Sportsman of the Year  tennis player Adriel Bousquet collects his award.

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29 comments

  1. This is crap this needs to stop. There are other sports men and women in in Saint Lucia. Come on people. I respect Lavern and Darren but my gosh. So they will win next year again and the year after that.

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  2. My suggestion is to give something like a Lifetime achievement award (or whatever you want to call it) to Sammy and Laverne. That way they could free up the sportswoman and sportsman titles so that other athletes have something to aspire to. These two have risen to the pinnacle and we should give them due recognition. However if i were a contender in any of these areas I would just stay home...it's so obvious who the winners will always be...

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  3. Darren Sammy and Lavern Spencer have won the award multiple times because they earned the awards. Depriving them of the awards simply because they keep winning is like saying why bother trying if you've already accomplished a feat. Secondly depriving them of an award they have earned will do nothing but demotivate them. Giving the award to someone who has not earned it says that we're not truly recognizing our best, but giving everyone a chance. This is perpetuating mediocrity. Athletes who win awards they don't deserve, cannot feel a complete sense of accomplishment.
    Rather than viewing the multiple wins by Darren and Lavern as something negative, maybe we should be encouraging our young athletes to emulate them, so they themselves can one day be multiple award winners. When we deprive people of things they've earned they give up. I'm happy that Darren and Lavern have not given up and I hope they continue their winning ways.

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    • Really are they always deserving of the award, Darren Sammy won the sportsman of the year for making west indies team. I mean really, that very year Vernon went undefeated in the Davis cup and in the process took St Lucia to zone 2 after 6 years absence and St. lucia was relegated to zone 5. Now considering the profile of both sports in terms of popularity and also tennis is individual not team reliant unlike cricket.

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      • Fair point. Not realy relevant to 2015, but overall the structure of the awards process is utter rubbish.

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  4. Is best they name the awards the Darren Sammy and Lavern Spencer awards! Are those two the only notable persons in sports?!! Give and take man.Gosh.The other sports men and women should boycott the awards!!!

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  5. Find it strange that two schools were even in points for School of the year. Wander how they calculated these points boy

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  6. Sad to see all this foolishness about "motivation." An athlete who is demotivated by the fact that the best athlete is rewarded really has no business being an athlete. Your motivation should be that someone just picked up that piece of hardware that you want. You should be working to get it, not moaning that the person did better than you.

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  7. The awards should not be given but earned. Once the criteria outlined the level of achievements then there is no issue with Sammy and Levern winning. What the organisers need are other awards like Breakthrough/Newcomer, Developing School, Volunteer, Coach, etc.
    In many of the awards there is a similar pattern of achievements at International competitions and taking into consideration the level of competitions and competitors. They're deserving winners and St Lucians should accept their recognitions.
    It's the duty of the local organisers and even the respective federations to honour their awardees.

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    • I didn't hear Coach Of The Year, Bas, but that is an award. I also missed out on reporting two awards - Student Athlete Of The year (Ryi Maryat, the U17 football captain) and Club Of The Year (Lightning Aquatics). I agree with the Newcomer / Rising Star concept.

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  8. unless these two are the only two taking part in sporting activities in St.Lucia there is absolutely no reason why they should have won that title seven times, like really?????? are you telling me that there have been no other deserving athletes. guess they don't take into account the psychological effect that can have on other upcoming athletes. now for all you smart asses out there who will say there were no other deserving recipients then clearly there is a huge problem with the island's sports program if we cannot produce other deserving athletes.

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    • They actually won eight and 12 times, respectively. And others in their sports have won during that span that started about 16 years ago. So that should tell you a lot about where we're at.

      The psychological effect on other athletes should be that they strive to reach the level Sammy and Levern have attained. That should be how an athlete's mind works.

      And you're right about our sports programme. Also the sports awards process is ridiculous.

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  9. Maybe it's time to have a profesional Sportsman and Woman section so that Amateurs can have a sportsman and women chance at senior level. Any thoughts people.

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    • Might be chaotic. Jeannelle this year will be both amateur and pro. How do you class cricketers and footballers? Also, with two awards, aren't you leaving room for people to think of the pro as "superior" even if for instance a swimmer or a weightlifter were to win a world title?

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  10. So true....its time sportsman and woman title go to some other person..... so then y do have nominees and ur`ll know very well its those same people for so many years. Wheres the motivation for others... so agree with the comment, give them some special award.... every year 10,000 dollars.

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  11. SMALL POOL OF CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM HENCE WE HAVE TO USE A RECYCLING APPROACH. WHAT WRONG WITH THAT?

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  12. S & L can always receive special awards. Recognition should be given to aspiring players so that they would be encouraged.

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    • They did receive special awards. Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year are special titles.

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    • So we give the awards to aspiring players who haven't earned it so we can motivate them and we deprive those who have earned it so we can ..... demotivate them? Aren't we St. Lucians tired of giving people things and putting them in positions they haven't earned?

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  13. 11 sportwoman of year titles. Come on! I adore lavernes accomplishments however its time to forge the future by motivating another deserving individual.

    May have a special award for laverne.

    My take!

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    • sportsperson of the year needs to be based on new accomplishments for the year. so if for example Lavern has been competing in these same old meets doing the same heights and no "improving" to me it isnt really recognisable. How does this challenge them to be better.For he to continue winning, she should have perhaps improved her jump or actually do well in an international meet. she just does on or two good jumpsd regionally, but the jumos havnt been improving. I eh know, but if a young sportperson moved past what they did, they should get awarded for the forward movement, not stagnant position just representing their sport and getting a medal or two

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      • Huh? So if Levern wins a meet she won 4 years ago, or gets a medal at a meet where she got a medal before, that does not count as an accomplishment? Really! Thank God that these guys don't take on the many obstacles placed in their path and continue striving to excel.

        Your notion of rewarding improvement is all well and good, and I agree that a Rising Star award would be a good idea. But if you are not rising past the people who are there, why in the world would you want to penalise the person who is best "because they not getting better?"

        Kim Collins famously won one of the slowest races in the World Championships men's 100m final. He is World Champion. Can't take it away from him. By your logic, he is not getting faster, so he should make way, even if the others are not beating him. That's counter-productive thinking.

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  14. No surprise with the Sportsman and woman titles but Johnnel didn't win junior sportsman of the year? Wow!! Congrats to all the recipients though.

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  15. i noticed that no award was given in the basketball category. Can someone explain why?

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