Megan Nestor Stakes her Claim

Image of Megan Nestor (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

STANDING close to six feet tall, Megan Nestor is a 14 year old student of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School, hailing from the community of Canaries on the west coast of Saint Lucia.

The young, energetic and versatile netballer won favour with the technical staff and the panel of judges of the Saint Lucia Netball Association where she was nominated as Netballer for the Year for 2016. Last week she went one step closer when she was named in the shortlist which include fourteen other individuals vying for junior / senior male and female sports personality of the year.

Image of Megan Nestor   (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Megan Nestor (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Nestor now eyes the prestigious award which has eluded the SLNNA since Michelle Rogers won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 1998. Other nominees Vying for the top sport in the junior female category are – Julien Alfred (Athletics) and Katie Kyle (Swimming).

If Nestor wins at Saturday evening gala slated for the national Cultural Centre, Nestor will be in an elite group of women that has captured the coveted title for the SLNNA. The likes of Joyce Auguste (1969), Martha Biscette (1970 – 1971), Lyndell Noon (1972), Lydia St. Omer ( 1973), Mary Ann Martial Montoute (1974), Theresa Jn Charles (1981), Monica Williams (1983), Laurette Issac (1986), Kerth Payne (1989), Hassanah Nestor ( 1992).

At interschool’s netball championship last year 2016, Nestor was the MVP of her school which placed first in the under – 15 and first in under – 19 categories, she played a marvelous role in getting her team to victory on both occasions.

Her good performances landed her a national ticket as she went on to represent Saint Lucia at the Jean Pierre under 16 youth netball championship in Barbados where Saint Lucia placed 4th. Nestor was a class act on court, playing brilliantly in the end she was selected as one of the top 16 players and in the process received a most outstanding player award.

In July – August she represented Saint Lucia at the annual Windward Island School Games in Grenada where team Saint Lucia placed second in the netball competition.

Nestor also played a vital role as goal attack at the under – 23 championships where she was named MVP for Team Saint Lucia. In the Individual shooting competition at that same championship she placed second and in the team shooting competition which she was part of, Team Saint Lucia finish third.

National Coach and Captain Shem Maxwell says, “Megan is not an ordinary player, but extra ordinary. She is a brilliant and all rounded netball player. At such a tender age she had done extremely well not only in the field of netball, but now she has been representing her school in track and field, football and volleyball.”

She continued, “There is a bright future for this young athlete ahead, with the right people around and the dedication she has, will indeed succeed in the near future.”

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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