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Saint Lucia’s Sportswoman of the Year 2013, combined events athlete Makeba Alcide, heads a list of three athletes released this week by the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) to receive Olympic Solidarity Scholarships.
Through their respective federations, Alcide, swimmer Jordan Augier and sailor Stephanie Devaux-Lovell will be getting some degree of monetary support from the SLOC as they work towards qualification for the Pan Am Games 2015, and ultimately the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Alcide has been making headlines for some time. She won silver for Saint Lucia on home soil at the 2009 CARIFTA Games, and went on to a successful collegiate career at Arkansas. During her time as a Razorback, the 24-year-old set a collegiate record for Pentathlon, conference records and meet records for pentathlon and high jump, and won multiple medals to go with several All American awards. She also became the first athlete from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to qualify for a global championships in heptathlon.
According to SLOC President Fortuna Belrose, 19-year-old Devaux-Lovell has a very structured and precise plan of preparation as she targets becoming Saint Lucia’s first full Olympic qualifier in laser radial sailing. She would become just the third Saint Lucian to represent the island in sailing at the Olympics if she is able to attain that goal. This year already, she has taken part in the Laser Radial World Championships and the South American Championships, as she continues to target initial qualification for next year’s Pan Am Games.
Augier, meanwhile, will be competing at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Championships in Saint Lucia and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico in coming weeks, in between which he will celebrate his 20th birthday. The American-born backstroke specialist set national records in the 50m and 100m back at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, becoming in the process the only Saint Lucian swimmer to qualify for CAC. He is an All American currently attending University of Tampa.
In 2011, the SLOC made Olympic scholarships available to Siona Huxley (swimming), Devaux-Lovell, Albert Reynolds, Erma Gene Evans and Levern Spencer (athletics). Further scholarships were extended to swimmer Danielle Beaubrun and high jumper Darvin Edwards in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, after the latter two had already qualified for the Games.
Spencer went on to qualify for London 2012, of course, but Evans dropped out of the scholarship programme. Huxley appears to have dropped out of swimming, whilst Reynolds has not made much headway in the past three years.
Beaubrun, the only swimmer from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States ever to make a qualifying time for the Olympics, is now out of swimming, two years after London 2012 and at the age of 24. Similarly, Edwards has not represented Saint Lucia since London 2012. He is 28.
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