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Five Members Get SLOC Inc. Funding Totaling EC$90,555.35

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Five member associations received funding when the St. Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc. handed over cheques totaling EC$90,555.35 at a press briefing on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Representatives from the five associations receiving cheques from Alfred Emmanuel, SLOC Inc.’s President, on their association’s behalf were as follows:

  • Hilary Dalson, Coach, St. Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA), received a cheque for EC$19,700.00 towards the Caribbean Champion of Champions Boxing Tournament hosted in Saint Lucia in April 2023.
  • Jason Tameh, Member, St. Lucia Cycling Association, received a cheque for EC$6,675.00, part sponsorship towards that association’s hosting of a series of races.
  • Jacqueline Trim, President, St. Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Body Fitness Association (SLABBFA), received a cheque for EC$5,000.00 to assist with that association’s administrative affairs.
  • Velica Augustin, Secretary, St. Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF), received a cheque for EC$4,180.35 to assist that association’s registration of a 3×3 team for the FIBA AmericaCup.
  • Evastus Augustin, Assistant Secretary of the St. Lucia Football Association (SLFA) Inc., received a cheque for EC$55,000.00. towards Saint Lucia’s preparation for the Gold Cup.

In presenting the cheque to the SLFA representative, Emmanuel said he anticipated the reaction some people might have with supporting the SLFA. However, he said the SLOC Inc. has  always insisted that every one of its 20 members would be treated as a legitimate member.

“We have no illegitimate members within the family,” he said. “That said, I anticipate John Public and even members of the family to say that (the SLFA) is an organization that has been receiving millions of dollars a year, yet they’re coming to the SLOC Inc. for assistance. Well, the SLOC Inc., when deciding on assistance for members, does not take into consideration their streams of revenue or what the amounts are. We make decisions based on what is before us, based on carefully analyzing their submission, and make a determination.”

For his part, Augustin thanked SLOC Inc. for its generous support, noting that preparing a national team for international competition is no easy task. Having played their preliminaries, Augustin said the team has advanced to play in the Gold Cup.

“This is a step up, and we have advanced and are now in the second tier,” said Augustin. “The higher you advance, the more challenging it becomes (in terms of) preparation,, both psychologically and physically. As such, the team will be in a training camp in Florida, and we’re hoping that this contribution will assist us on that journey. It is far from enough and we’re still seeking support from the corporate sector and the government. We’re indeed grateful for the support given for Saint Lucia’s preparation for the Gold Cup.”

Meanwhile, Emmanuel said the SLOC Inc. hopes to meet with recipients of assistance to date to adequately review what results they were able to achieve. He stated that his mission as SLOC Inc. President is to put Saint Lucia on the sporting world map.

“The only way we can do that is by mounting the medal podium. So, at the end of the day, whatever we do, that has to be the end-game: Saint Lucia mounting the medal podium at the many events we participate in,” Emmanuel explained.

Emmanuel added: “That is why we’ve always stressed the importance that members take it seriously. If you know you are not prepared for an outing, be man or woman enough to face your athletes and say ‘I believe we are not prepared, and, as such, we should not make the trip.’ Don’t play this political game with the St. Lucia Olympic Committee Inc., knowing fully well that your athletes are not prepared, but you’re not man or woman enough to say ‘I don’t think you are prepared, therefore we will not be sending you.’ The SLOC Inc. will insist that performance is what we’re going to be measuring our members by at the end of the day.”

Emmanuel reminded members that the SLOC Inc. has an obligation to account in a very transparent manner to its funding agencies, imploring members to do likewise in return. He added that this is the only way to ensure that the necessary funding continues to come in.

“The necessary reports, along with the accounting form, photos and videos of the actions undertaken, must be submitted to the SLOC Inc. within seven days of completion of the event,” he said.

SOURCE: Saint Lucia Olympic Committee Inc. PHOTO: Alfred Emmanuel, President of the St. Lucia Olympic Committee (SLOC) Inc., fourth from left, flanked by representatives from the five associations which received funding at the May 10 ceremony.

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