The Saint Lucia Olympic Committee Incorporated (SLOC) issued a press release on Thurdsay to confirm that Stehanie Devaux-Lovell will be competing at Rio 2016.
Not yet 21, Devaux-Lovell is set to join athletics competitors Levern Spencer and Jeanelle Scheper, both in women’s High Jump. Sprinter Jahvid Best is awaiting confirmation of his status for the Olympics.
Stephanie had been hoping that she would be the first Saint Lucian to qualify for the Olympics in a sailing event, in her case, laser radial. Instead, according to the SLOC, she has had to settle for a “universality” place.
A current Olympic Solidarity Scholarship holder, Stephi first represented Saint Lucia in Singapore in 2010 at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Since then she has competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2014, the Pan American Games in 2015, the Laser Radial World Cup and Sailing World Cup in 2016.
Stephi is back in Saint Lucia preparing for Rio. She is presently training with her coach, New Zealand native, Susanna Pyatt.
According to the Olympic Comittee release, “The SLOC Inc welomes Stephanie’s inclusion and wish her every success.”