THE Saint Lucia Football Association and the Saint Lucia Swimming Amateur Association most prestigious events on their calendar for 2019 will be held at the Marina Haven Hotel (formerly Palm Haven) today from 7.00 p.m. and the Harbor Club tomorrow from 3.00 p.m., respectively.
According to the SLFA about 110 individuals are expected to attend the four- hour function where a number of players and administrators who stood out in 2018 will be recognized.
This year’s theme, “Contributing to Nation Building- Playing Our Part”.
SLFA President Lyndon Cooper, despite mourning the passing of his mother earlier this week will be in attendance and will address the gathering. In his address those present can expect him to make the pronouncement as to when the FIFA Gold Project in Grande Riviere, Dennery will be commissioned.
Cooper will also make mention of Saint Lucia’s senior national men’s team continuing preparation to meet Aruba in the CONCACAF Nations League on Monday 25th March, the President’s Cup and plans for further engaging the private and business sector for further development of the sport in Saint Lucia.
In attendance at the gala event will be the presidents of the various football leagues representing the 19 districts, parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Lenard Montoute, Minister of Youth Development and Sports Edmund Estaphane, a representative from the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, other invited guests, sponsors and the media will be in attendance; while congratulatory messages from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), CONCACAF, and FIFA will be presented by the SLFA General Secretary, Victor Reid.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of awards to the Junior and Senior Male and Female Footballer of the Year.
Other awards up for grabs will be Administrator of the Year, Club and League of the Year, Coach of the Year, Lifetime Award, Referee of the Year, the Brian Mc Donald Media Appreciation Awards and Cooperate Partners Appreciation Awards.
Meanwhile, the Harbor Club conference room in Rodney Bay will come alive tomorrow from 3.00 p.m. as the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association acknowledges its top sport personalities for 2018. The three – hour spectacle will see former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Donavan Williams delivering the Key Note address, Williams was one of the signatories when SLASA tied the knot in October where Saint Lucia swimmers can now train and compete in Martinique on a regular basis.
According to SLASA, 130 individuals will be in attendance including a representative from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, representatives from the various swim clubs on island, nominees, special invited guests and members of the media.
SLASA’s President, Eddie Hazel is also expected to deliver his address where he will highlight the Association’s achievements for 2018, and most importantly the next stage of the athletics development in Saint Lucia.
Some of the awards up for grabs include: Team Player for 2018, Most Improved Swimmer, Male /Female Butterfly Stroke, Male/Female Backstroke, Male/Female Breaststroke, Male/Female Freestyle/Male/Female IM, Coach of the Year, The Pat Charles Award, Junior male/Female Swimmer of the Year and Senior Male/Female Swimmer of the Year.