The government of Saint Lucia salutes high jumper Jeanelle Scheper, middle distance runner Marbeq Edgar and other members of Saint Lucia’s team at the recently-concluded Carifita Games for their sterling performances.
Scheper went down in history by winning the girls under-20 high jump with a new CARIFTA record height of 1.87m. The high-rising Saint Lucian star athlete erased the 1.86 record set by country woman Laverne Spencer and Peaches Roach of Jamaica.
In a thrilling performance, Edgar won silver in the boys Under-20 1500m final in 4 minutes, and 1.75 seconds. But the success was not over yet as Edgar again blazed to a third place finish in the boys Under-20, 800M final with a time of 1:51.74
Talberc Poleon of Team Saint Lucia finished a creditable fourth in the boys Under-20 400m final in 47.45 seconds.
Speaking in an interview with the Government Information Service (GIS), Minister for Youth Development and Sports Sean Edward said the team’s performance is worthy of special commendation as they did the country extremely proud.
He said the performances clearly indicate that Saint Lucia’s athletes are world class and can excel once given the necessary support and opportunity.
“The performance of these athletes on the national CARIFTA team, even those who did not medal, is a clear indication that if you are prepared to put in the necessary hard work you can attain results, and the CARIFTA contingent made Saint Lucia extremely proud at the games in the Bahamas, and I am hoping the exploits of Jeanelle, Marbeq and the others will serve to inspire the up-and-coming athletes we have in the school system and all young people around the island.
“On our end the government is determined to work with the various sporting associations to ensure that we continue to provide opportunities for our athletes to excel, and I am certain that upon their return to the island, we will show our appreciation in a much more formal way to the team for their performance at the CARIFITA Games,” the sports minister said.
The 2013 Carifta Games ended on a high note at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas on Monday, April 1, 2013.