The Saint Lucia National Tennis Association (SLNTA) concluded its 12 and under trial this past weekend at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros Islet as players competed for a spot on the team to participate in the upcoming Regional Championship in Santo Domingo.
The top ranked 12 & under athletes were all eager as they fought for the top positions on the team. This is an annual regional tournament that the junior athletes look forward to and take pride in representing Saint Lucia.
The top three athletes who qualified to make the team were; playing at racquet one on the girl’s team Amia Jn. Marie student of the Gros-Islet Primary School, racket 2 Jaelyn Henry student of the Carmen Rene Memorial School and racket 3 Brianna Jn. Baptist student of the St. Joseph’s Convent.
The boys who showed off amazing enthusiasm and talent secured their spot also with Ahlil Cyril student of the Carmen Rene Memorial playing at racket one, racket two Denney Estava student of the Gros-Islet Primary school and Peter Murray student at the Eucharist Lewis SDA Primary School playing at racket 3.
In the Dominican Republic, the six players will be under the watchful eyes of Team captain, Scyla Murray and the Team Manager Mervy Cyril.
The team is set to leave on Friday 24th September for Santo Domingo for a week of competition.
According to Murray, “The players competiting with 14 other nations including Sub Region (SR) 3: Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (host) SR4: Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Curacao, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, US Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago where they stand a chance to qualify for the Master’s scheduled for November.”
Murray added, “The team is currently preparing for the event being coached by Team Captain Scyla Murray, Coach Ron Blanchard and Coach Vernon Lewis.”
Murray said, “Over the years Saint Lucia has participated annually attaining decent results from our athletes. This year should be no exception as we have entered a girls and boys’ team and expect outstanding results as they have been persistently training and working hard towards this championship.”