Saint Lucia’s ties with it’s French neighbour and Sister island Martinique are being further strengthened in a new and novel way that is expected to benefit especially less advantaged nationals.
This week the Martinquans under the sipervwision of the French Embassy will be donating two Polynesian canoes to the Ministry of Sports here in the hope of evoking local interest in the sport.
Some years ago, Polynesian canoeing was introduced to Martinique and caught on to the point where that island will be submitting a contingent to the upcoming Paralympics in Rio, Brazil where the sport was only recently accepted as a division in one of the most prestigious sports meets in the world.
There, physically challenged atheletes from countries around the globe will pit their prowess and skills against each other. It is hoped that sometime in the near future Saint Lucia will be able to also compete in the sport.
On Thursday at about 6:00 a.m. 8 Polynesian canoes will set sail from Marin, St. Anne on the southern coast of Martinique arriving in Saint Lucia at approcimtely 11:00 a.m The canoes will arrive in Rodney Bay where they will.be met by press, French and local officials.
And on Friday, Saint Lucia will receive the two canoes that will be officially handed over to the Ministry of Sports in a special ceremony at the Pyramid, Alliance Francaise, Pointe Seraphine.
Frank Annette a representative of the team says when the canoes land at Rodney Bay later today the public will be allowed to view the boats, chat with the crew and officials.in the hope that interest will be stirred in nationals, spurring them to take up the sport.