Clean Sweep for Saint Lucia Jr Tennis Players in Martinique

Six-member junior table tennis team and coach of Saint Lucia can speak proudly of their achievements over the past few hours.

Clean Sweep for Saint Lucia Jr Tennis Players in Martinique
Clean Sweep for Saint Lucia Jr Tennis Players in Martinique

Castries, Saint Lucia: Six-member junior table tennis team and coach of Saint Lucia can speak proudly of their achievements over the past few hours. Team 758 played unbeaten and made a clean sweep at the Union National du Sport Scolaire Caribbean School Games held at the Louis Achilles Stadium in Martinique.

The participating countries were the Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe and host Martinique. The Saint Lucia team included Leshon Francis and Vernon Salvator (Under 16 boys), Shatal Charles and Sapphire Popo (Under 16 girls) and Manie Eleuthere and Dawitt Nurse (Under 18 boys). In Martinique, the team was under the watchful eyes of Zarianne Anthony, Chaperone / Coach.

 In the Under 16 boy’s category, Leshon Francis, student-athlete of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS), dominated his age group with 6 wins and 0 losses to win gold, leaving his teammate Vernon Salvator who also attends CCSS; he took home the silver medal with five wins and one loss.

Junior table tennis Player for the Year and defending Caribbean Under 13 girls champion Shatal Charles continues her good run-on form. A student-athlete of Patricia D. James Secondary School, she came in first place with six wins and 0 losses, sweeping out her opponents along the way. 

Her teammate Sapphire Popo, a student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) was able to secure the second silverware with five wins and one loss. In the boy Under 18 division, both Manie Eleuthere, student-athlete of Ciceron Secondary School, and Dawitt Nurse, student-athlete, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) fought hard to get to the finals. 

Dewitt, however, was defeated by his compatriot and came in second with four wins, one loss, while Manie was named the Under 18 boys champion with five wins, and 0 loss. The six-member team and chaperone / Coach are expected back home on Thursday. The trip to Martinique was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports.