Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc. on Tuesday September 12 2023, announced assistance totaling EC$24,900.00 to four players for their participation in several international games.
The assistance has brought its total assistance for the year so far to over EC$2.5 million. This amount includes assistance to participate in various international Games.
Treasurer of the Saint Lucia Athletic Association (SLAA), Cornelius Breen, received a cheque for EC$5,000.00, an administrative grant from SLOC Inc. President, Alfred Emmanuel. The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation (SLAF) represented by Paula James received an amount of EC$6,000.00 for their participation at the recently held FINA World Junior Championship in Israel.
Receiving funding was the Saint Lucia Table Tennis Association . SLOC Inc. has also paid airfare totaling $4,400.00 to assist D’Andre Calderon in returning to Europe (Germany) for a three-month training stint. The SLOC Inc. is also assisting the Saint Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Bodyfitness Association’s (SLBBA) participation of two of its members at the 50th CAC Bodybuilding Championship in Aruba from September 22. Receiving the cheque for EC$9,500.00 was President, Jacqueline Trim.
“Athletes will have to earn their rights as a natural qualifier to be in Paris next year and that is why as an organization we have adopted those measures for the next 10 months going forward. We have had different Games ahead of Paris, the Commonwealth Games, CAC Games, Commonwealth Youth Games, the Caribbean Games, and not too long from now the Pan American Games. There were lots of opportunities for persons to work towards Paris 2024,” SLOC Inc. President Alfred Emmanuel stated.
The assistance will provide significant assistance to the players in their international games. In order the maintain the sporting spirit among the players, the assistance will enhance their sporting spirit. Earlier, the government of Saint Lucia will host youth parliament to enhance the capabilities of the young generation.