Organizers Lament Inadequate Sponsorship.
ST. LUCIA’S Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the year 2015 will be announced this evening.
The organizers have run into difficulties in terms of sponsorship of the event, with only six companies lending support, but the show will go on nevertheless.
The ceremony is expected to be two hours long and is again under the patronage of Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy. It will be held at the National Cultural Centre located at Barnard Hill from 7:00 p.m.
The nominees were all excited in their respective sporting disciplines. Contending for junior sportsman of the year are Ace Louis (Athletics), Johnnel Eugene (Cricket), Adriel Bousquet (Tennis).
For Junior female Sportswoman of the year the race is among Julien Alfred (Athletics), Katie Kyle (Swimming) and Meggan William (Tennis).
The senior sportsman will come from among Albert Reynolds (Athletics), Johnson Charles (Cricket), LyndelMarcellin (Boxing) and Jordan Augier (Swimming).
Levern Spencer (Athletics), Yasmine St. Ange (Cricket) and Skye Mondesir (Swimming) will fight it out for Senior Sportswoman of the year.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Dr. Anthony George the ceremony is “ a celebration event of our sportsmen and women, organizations, and sports workers – we have completed the formality; so all invitations have gone out to our specially invited guests. We are now receiving confirmations on their attendance. We had a meeting of all of our nominees last week Saturday. They were given sufficient pointers and guidance, discussion on the areas of importance. Some very important areas – the seating arrangements, arrival time at the venue, dress code and how you receive your award”.
Meanwhile, Sports Director Jim Xavier will have a very simple task. “It is basically to compliment the companies, the private sector houses, the business houses that came forward to assist us. Now before I compliment the few companies, I need to lament the fact that not many business houses have come on board to support the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports”.