Pride of St Lucy Secondary
THEY HADN’T WON a basketball title before this academic year.
Success on the football field previously wasn’t a part of the school’s culture.
And on Saturday night, the St Lucy Secondary’s sports programme set about creating further history.
The school’s premier sportsmen and women came out in their finest at Hilton Barbados for St Lucy’s first ever sports awards banquet that acknowledged the achievements of its athletes over the 2008/2009 and 2009/10 academic years.
It was the first time that the 39-year-old institution held such a glitzy prize giving sports ceremony, which almost rivalled the glamour associated with that of the National Sports Council’s annual awards gala.
But even the fashion had nothing on the feats, topped by the St Lucy’s championship-winning basketball squad that captured the school’s only Under-19 title back in November, after St Lucy had never even made a single Final Four before 2008.
And their exploits ranked a distant third behind the vast, all-round accomplishments of Markayla Yearwood and Wayne Marcellin, awarded Female and Male Sports Personality respectively.
A member of that historic basketball side, Marcellin was also a key player in the Final Four football team and the Under-19 cricket squad that reached the 2008 semis, as well as representing St Lucy in track and field.
Yearwood, a national junior netballer, played huge roles in both the school’s netball and basketball teams that both finished in the Top 4, along with sweeping St Lucy’s victrix ludorum crown for the last three years.
Football captain Kemar Chase copped the Spirit of St Lucy award while league MVP Jamar Grazette (basketball), first division cricketer Dario Marshall, Riyadh Bannister (road tennis), Yearwood (netball), Anna Austin and Tiffany Thorpe (basketball) were all awarded with Outstanding Player Of The Year prizes.
Members of the cricket, football and basketball squads were not to be left out either as the ceremony was also used as a tool of promoting self confidence.
Under the theme Self Esteem: The Immune System of the Spirit, featured speaker Kathy Harper-Hall addressed the importance and methods of building self esteem, before stressing the need for teachers to encourage their students instead of using constant negative criticism.
A former physical education teacher at the school, Harper-Hall was also given a special appreciation award, along with former multi CARIFTA gold medallist Lennox Ellis, and physical education teacher Shakira Shorey.
Director of the Barbados Defence Force sports programme Michael Jules was the master of ceremonies, while the school’s principal, Anthony Austin, along with members of the St Lucy board were also in attendance.