Spencer and Joseph are Saint Lucia’s top sports personalities
Zepherinus Joseph, Siona Huxley, Lavern Spencer, Joshau Runako Daniel
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2010; CASTRIES, Saint Lucia
(by Robertson S. Henry at email@example.com)
Leading regional long-distance runner Zepherinus Joseph, and the Caribbean number one female high-jumper Lavern Spencer, were on Saturday February 20, 2010, named Saint Lucia’s 2009 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.
Spencer is the only female high jumper from the Central America and Caribbean Region to have qualified for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Germany last year.
She is currently ranked the number one female high jumper in the Caribbean, and ranked amongst the top twelve female high jumpers in the world.
In various competitions last year, she won five gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal, including a memorable performance at the CAC Track and Field Championships in Cuba; successfully soaring over the bar at 1.91 metres, and setting a new Saint Lucia national record in the process.
2009 Saint Lucia Sportsman of the Year Zepherinus Joseph won five consecutive Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States half-marathon titles, along with a number of creditable performances over the half-marathon, marathon, and other distances, making him undoubtedly, the leading long-distance runner in the region.
Additionally having beaten the legendary Pamenos Ballantyne at every race the two have met in recent times, Joseph had podium finishes in every race that he participated in 2009.
Meanwhile, two swimmers in Joshua Runako Daniel and Siona Huxley, was named Saint Lucia’s 2009 Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman of the Year.
A student of the St. Mary’s College, fourteen-year-old Joshua Runako Daniel is a member of the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre Swim Club, and at the First National Bank-sponsored Inter Secondary School Swim Meet, he swam unbeaten; enabling St. Mary’s College to win the Male Division Title.
Daniel enjoyed a phenomenal year in the pool, winning thirty gold medals, five silver, and six bronze medals; in the process establishing seven Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Age Group Records, and ten Saint Lucia Records in the 13 – 14 Age Group.
He also set a new 13 – 14 Age Group national record in the 100-metre Fly, representing Saint Lucia with distinction at the O.E.C.S., CARIFTA, and CCCAN Swimming Championships, respectively.
From the time she began swimming competitively; Siona Huxley has been a force to reckon with locally. Her development continued to make upward leaps, and this sixteen-year-old member of the Rodney Heights Aquatic Club, established her reputation as one of Saint Lucia’s leading female swimmers in 2009.
A student of The International School, she set four National Records, along with three 15 – 17 Age Group Records.
In Regional Competitions, Siona amassed fifteen gold, five silver, and four bronze medals, in the process, setting five Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ Records.
Swimming at the international level, she re-wrote the National Record books in establishing new marks in the 50 and 100 metre backstroke events, respectively; and is the only Saint Lucian to have qualified for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. (Robertson S Henry)