Former Saint Lucia and Windward Islands top middle order batter, leg-break googly spinner, and professional Banker Julian Charles will challenge the incumbent Carol Henry for the presidency of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) today (Saturday 27th) November 2021 at the Association’s annual general meeting and election of officers.
The face to face AGM, which begins from 10.00 a.m. with all Covid-19 protocols in place will be held at the Micoud Multi- Purpose Centre (MMPC). Henry who’s a retired Banker is seeking re-election for a second straight term that will run from 2021 – 2023.
Henry presented six priority areas/ strategic plan which he believes the SLNCA affiliates will buy into going forward, they include (1) Grow Cricket: To grow cricket at all levels in Saint Lucia. Priority two: Raise the profile of cricket through the promotion and public engagement. Priority Three: Good Governance – to develop and maintain SLNCA as a democratic organization.
Priority four: Developing Elite Players to deliver success through implementing and supporting the development of first – class cricketers to represent Saint Lucia. Priority five: Financial Freedom – to achieve financial sustainability and Priority Six: Winning teams to deliver competitive success.
The challenger, Julian Charles has decided not to present his strategic plan before elections. “I will share it next week just after the elections, and it will be far more relevant after my team win today,” he noted.
In terms of his confidence going into the elections, Charles said, “Yes I am very confident, but like most elections it is only after the voting.”
Former Pakistan Massage Therapist 2017 – 2019, and coach of the Choiseul SLNCA Dream X1 T20 champion team, Dave Albert will run for the position of 1st Vice-President against the incumbent Shaun Alcindor in a three way fight with Neville Florence been the third candidate in that race.
Alcindor who spoke to this reporter about his chances of returning to office said, “I am running against two people who are on teams, so it’s uphill for me.”
For 2nd Vice President, Denley Anthony, will challenge the incumbent Simon Jules who is campaigning on the Carol Henry slate.
Incumbent Roseline Preville is the only individual running for the post of 3rd Vice President. The former Digicel employee also assists with the administration for the Gros Islet / Northern Cluster Grassroots Cricket programme.
Candidates contesting the SLNCA elections reads: President – Carol Henry, Julian Charles; 1st Vice President – Shaun Alcindor, Dave Albert and Neville Florence; 2nd Vice President – Denley Anthony and Simon Jules; 3rd Vice President – Roseline Preville; Principal Secretary – Kevin Arnold and John Estaphane; Secretary – Cayan Daniel, Neville Florence and Esther Theophane; Treasurer – Celestin Laurent.
Current Executive of the SLNCA – Carol Henry (President), Shaun Alcindor (1st Vice President), Simon Jules (2nd Vice President), Roseline Preville (3rd Vice President), John Estaphane (Principal Secretary), Cayan Daniel (Secretary) and Celestine Laurent (Treasurer).
The agenda for the day’s proceedings: The Year in Review, Treasurer’s Report, Auditor’s Report and Election of officers.
Events hosted by the SLNCA 2021: SLNCA Dream XI T20 Blast tournament won by Choiseul; the Acynta Auguste Women’s 50 over tournament won by Gros Islet; Sandals Under 19 Cup, joint champions (rain affected final), Central Castries and the Saint Lucia Sports Academy, Sandals Under 19 Plate Division won my Micoud.
The sixteen affiliates each with 1 vote include: Anse la Raye, Babonneau, Canaries, Central Castries, Choiseul, Dennery, Desruisseaux, Gros Islet, Laborie, Mabouya Valley, Micoud, Mon Repos, Soufriere, South Castries, Vieux Fort North and Vieux Fort South.