THE Saint Lucia Football Association’s most prestigious event on their 2018 calendar will be held at Palm Haven Hotel conference room in Rodney Bay this evening, under the theme, “Engaging People, Building Community”.
According to the SLFA, close to 120 people are expected to attend the three-hour function where a number of players, leagues and administrators who stood out in 2017 will be recognized for their efforts.
President of the SLFA, Lyndon Cooper, will be in attendance and will address the gathering. In his address, one can expect him to make the pronouncement for the actual start date for the Fifa Gold Project in Grande Riviere (Dennery), plans for staging a national Under-13 football tournament, plans for engaging the private and business sector for further development of the sport in Saint Lucia, and much more.
The presidents of the various football leagues representing the 19 districts; parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Lenard Montoute; a representative from the Department of Youth Development and Sports; other invited guests and sponsors will also be in attendance; while congratulatory messages from CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA will be presented by SLFA officials.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of awards to the Junior and Senior Male and Female Footballers of the Year.
Vying for the Junior Female Footballer of the Year are Thia Fowell (Gros Islet) and Krysan St. Louis (Vieux Fort South). The two were part of the Saint Lucia women’s under-17 team that participated in the CONCACAF women’s football tournament held here last August.
Last year’s winner was Britanya St. Prix (VFS).
Doing battle in the Junior Male Footballer of the Year will be Rio Longville (Canaries), Sebastien Ribot (Gros Islet) and Vino Barcelette (Vieux Fort South). Ribot and Barcelette were part of the Saint Lucia Commonwealth Games football squad that won the island’s first team gold at the Games.
Last year’s winner was Sarn Savery (VFS).
In the senior female category, Elissa Marquis (Dennery) and Marva Herman (Vieux Fort) will square off.
Last year’s winner was Makesh Savery (VFS).
Contending for the Senior Male Footballer of the Year are national Under-21 goalkeeper Vino Barcelette (Vieux Fort South) and prolific striker Troy Greenidge of Northern United (Gros Islet).
Last’s year winner was Sarn Savery (VFS).
For Administrator of the Year, the nominee must be a current member of a football entity and have served one year continuously. Vying for that title will be Shayne Paul (President, Gros Islet Football League) and Emmanuel Bellas (President, Vieux Fort South Football League).
League of the Year nominees are Vieux Fort South Football League and Gros Islet Football League.
Coach of the Year nominees are Emmanuel Bellas (Vieux Fort South) and Dermont Monrose (Gros Islet Football League).