Cricket is a staple sport in Saint Lucia with many athletes playing locally, regionally and a few internationally.
As community cricket continues to develop raw talent, an official centre has been opened to help players bridge the gap between local, regional and international cricket – the Saint Lucia Cricket High Performance Centre.
For Saint Lucia, the Cricket High Performance Centre model has been enhanced to include the personal development of the players in a bid to improve their quality of life, and the development of their communities in a holistic way.
Chairman of the Steering Committee and President of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association, Mr. Wayne Auguste, indicated that the focus is to establish a top-tier program which would cultivate players for success in national, first-class, and international cricket.
In the short term, the plan is to expose players and staff to cutting-edge cricket facilities, technology, and high-quality equipment, and in the long term to become the best athletes in their vocation.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Honourable Ernest Hilaire,
‘It is refreshing to see the direction our Saint Lucia cricket has taken. As we nurture our talented youth, the future can only get brighter for their budding careers, and we stand firm with them.”
Honourable Kenson Casimir, Minister of Youth Development and Sports lauded the efforts of the entire team working with players.
He also added that the development at this stage is quintessential to bringing world class cricketers into the West Indies and arenas around the world.
The Saint Lucia Cricket High Performance Centre is supported by the Saint Lucia Kings, the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and the National Lotteries Authority.
The players enrolled in the first cohort of the HPC include:
- McKenny Clarke
- Jaden Elibox
- Johnnel Eugene
- Keon Gaston
- Kevin Gassie
- Lee John
- Noelle Leo
- Royce Paul
- Stephen Naitram
- Tarrique Edward
- Tyrel Chicot
- Vernilius Gabriel
- Ackeem Auguste
- Zaida James
- Selena Ross
- Qiana Joseph
To support the development of the players or follow their progress, at the Saint Lucia Cricket High Performance Centre, please visit www.saintluciacricketHPC.com or email us on info@saintluciacricketHPC.com
SOURCE: Saint Lucia Cricket High Performance Centre