Saint Lucia has only ever had three medals at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, in the 35-year history of the meet.
In 2003, Erma Gene Evans won the island’s sole gold medal, in women’s javelin throw, and Levern Spencer took silver in women’s high jump.
In 2005, Darvin Edwards got silver in men’s high jump.
Sadly, Saint Lucia won’t get a chance to extend its medal tally in 2015, as this is the third time in a row that the island is not represented at the biennial meet.
If you look at the official website for the meet, which is going on this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, you will see Ace Louis entered for men’s high jump, and Denzel St Marthe for men’s javelin throw.
Both young men are national junior champions, inter-school champions, and bronze medallists at this year’s CARIFTA Games. But neither 19-year-old is in Canada, nor will they be travelling.
Reportedly, they both surrendered their passports to the Saint Lucia Athletics Association in early July, with the intention of securing visas to Canada. A month later, the day before the start of the meet, they were advised that they would not be going. No word as to whether their passports have been returned, nor whether they have Canadian visas.
Keep in mind that team selection and travel arrangements for the Commonwealth Youth Games, coming up in September, were sealed in June.
With at least one parent said to have been left in tears upon discovering that anticipation for the Pan Am Games were naught, it is left to be determined what’s next for these young men.
One a graduate of Cicereon Secondary, one of St Mary’s College, one a member of Rock Spurs and the other of Survivors, both full members of the Athletics Association, it will be interesting to see what representation will be made for them going forward.