Castries, Saint Lucia: The first edition of the Caribbean Games, held in Guadeloupe, is now over, and the athletes have returned, victorious and proud with their performances and their achievements of 3 Gold and 3 Bronze medals, finishing 4th overall (subject to correction. We may end up 7th as there is an error in the table) on the Medals Table, after Cuba, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.
This was an excellent performance by the Team, and will bode well for the future of sport in Saint Lucia.
Yesterday, in Swimming, Jayhan Odlum Smith won Gold in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, jumped out of the pool and started preparing for the 100m Freestyle in which he won a Bronze Medal. In so doing he became our first multi-medal winner at these Games.
The swimmers had a number of 4th place finishes as well. Their 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals, gave them the honor of winning the most medals of all the sporting disciplines that represented Saint Lucia at these Games, the first time in any Games that we have attended.
Our Netball Girls won a Bronze medal after all the results were complete today, with Jamaica and Barbados taking the Gold and Silver respectively. Our Team won 3 of their 5 matches, including a victory over Trinidad & Tobago. And we will always bask in the reflected glory of Julien Alfred’s memorable victory in the Women’s 100m on Day 1 of the Games.
All in all, it was a great Games for us. Thanks to our Athletes and Officials, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, CANOC, and the Organizing Committee and people of Guadeloupe for a wonderful and memorable Caribbean Games.
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