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St. Lucia Long-Distance Runner Zepherinus Joseph receives Les Piton Gold Medal

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The most decorated long-distance runner in St Lucia’s history has finally been honored by the government of St Lucia. Micoud’s Zepherinus Joseph was honored during St Lucia’s 42nd anniversary of Independence. Joseph was granted the St Lucia Les Piton Gold Medal for his contribution to his country. Mr. Zepherinus Joseph was given the honor for having performed long and meritorious service in the field of Sports.

Born 13 August 1975, in Mon Repos, Zepherinus holds the Saint Lucia National Records for every outdoor track and road event from the 1500m to the marathon. Better known as “Knockay” or “Straws”, Zepherinus attended Micoud Secondary School before taking up athletics scholarships at Central Arizona College and University of North Florida, where he studied Building Construction. He was a member of Creation Sports Club in Saint Lucia. Before leaving for Central Arizona College in 1999, Zepherinus had already established himself as the best distance runner St Lucia had ever produced. By the time he got to Arizona on a scholarship sourced by Saint Lucia Pole Vault record-holder Dominic Johnson, “Knockay” was St Lucia’s national champion at 1500m and 5000m, and he held the national records at both distances. In 1998, he had completed the 1500m in 3:57.33 at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Venezuela. In November 2003, Zepherinus won his first OECS NEMWIL Half Marathon title in Basseterre, St Kitts-Nevis. That year, he had also qualified for the men’s Marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics after running the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota.  Zepherinus was the Saint Lucian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 28th Olympiad.

Upon his return to Saint Lucia, the community of Mon Repo renamed Coolie Town Road to Knockay Avenue in recognition of his accomplishments. In 2005, Zepherinus took his second OECS title in Antigua-Barbuda. He won again in 2006 in the Commonwealth of Dominica, which earned him his first Sportsman of the Year title in Saint Lucia. Zepherinus won OECS in St Kitts-Nevis again in 2007, and He won on home soil in 2008. In February 2010 Zepherinus was named Saint Lucia’s 2009 Sportsman of the Year, the second time he had taken that title.

Congratulations to the globally recognized athlete. Well Deserved!

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The late Oliver Scott Jr. Honored with St. Lucia Les Piton Gold Medal at 42 Independence Celebrations

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Former President of the St Lucia National Cricket Association Oliver Scott Junior has been honored for his invaluable contribution to St Lucia. In celebration of St Lucia’s 42nd Anniversary of Independence, Oliver Faustino Scott Junior was posthumously celebrated for his contribution to sports. Scott was bestowed with the St Lucia Les Piton Gold Medal for having performed long and meritorious service in the field of sports, specifically cricket. Scott passed away last year and has been largely regarded as one of the best administrators in St Lucia’s sporting history.

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Guyana Jaguars Beat Windward Islands Volcanoes in CG Insurance Super50 Cup

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Fast bowler Keon Joseph had a huge impact with the new ball and Shimron Hetmyer made a stroke-filled half-century as Guyana Jaguars recorded a comprehensive victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday. Joseph steamed in from the Sir Curtly Ambrose end and took two key wickets in the first over of the match. He had dangerman Andre Fletcher caught at cover by Tevin Imlach and moments later had captain Sunil Ambris taken behind by Kemol Savory. Joseph had impressive figures of 4-24 and was later named the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match. Volcanoes were bowled out for 153. Hetmyer made 67 not out as Jaguars reached 155-1 off 28.4 overs in reply – to win by nine wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

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Off Spinner Andre McCarthy Lead Jamaica Scorpions to Victory, Beating Barbados Pride

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Andre McCarthy took a sensational hat-trick as Jamaica Scorpions made an incredible comeback to beat Barbados Pride in their final preliminary match of the CG Insurance Super50 Cup on Sunday. The off-spinner ended with the amazing figures of 6-16 off 9.1 overs to lift his team to victory by 51 runs under lights at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. It was Jamaica’s second win in a row which took them to eight points and they qualified for the semifinals. Chasing 219 for victory, Pride was bowled out for 167 due McCarthy’s career-best figures and the best for Jamaica in List A history. He was named the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match.

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