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Tuesday 3 May 2011   Saint Lucia recently won 5 medals at the 2011 CARIFTA Games held in Barbados and Jamaica.  Twenty athletes represented the country in the disciplines of swimming and athletics.  In recognition of their efforts,  the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Donavan Williams, pledged his ministry’s resources to the athletes further development.    


“The ministry is firmly committed to supporting in what ever way we can.  We will continue to use our resources to ensure that you the athletes develop to your fullest potential.  But above all, it is going to take your efforts to make this a reality, so on behalf of the ministry, on behalf of the minister  let me congratulate you – let me say to you it is important that you continue to be successful.”


Siona Huxley won gold in the 50 metre swimming  back stroke event setting a new CARIFTA Games record in the girls 15 to 17 category.  In the under 17 boys javelin,  Denzel St. Marthe won silver.  Shem Edward won silver  in the pole vault event.   Saint Lucia also won two bronze medals: Marbeq Edgar in the under 17,  15 hundred metres boys and Jeanelle Scheper in the under-17 girls high jump.


The athletes have been further encouraged to continue excelling in their various sporting disciplines.     


“I want to encourage you to keep it up; you have made our country proud.  I'm sure you've made your parents and the sporting disciplines proud, but this is really just the start for you as young persons—this is no more than a start.  You can get better, you will get better if you persevere, if you work hard and if all the attendant support is provided to you;  you must continue to strive for excellence.”  


For its part, the ministry of youth and sports has been providing support through its various sporting grass roots programmes and through its efforts at ensuring the nation's athletes have world-class sporting facilities at their disposal.

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