Not even the sweet sounding quadrille music for which the community of L’Esterre is famous could have drowned out the chants of jubilation which reverberated through the village and the entire twin isle parish as the L’Esterre RC School ran away with the 2017 Inter Primary Schools athletics championship.
In blazing sun and on a fast track the athletes, smartly clad in blue and white, stormed the field to secure the title by amassing 512 points in front of a large crowd at the Mini Stadium in Lauristan, last week Thursday.
L’Esterre RC emerged from Tuesday’s field events at the Hillsborough Recreation Grounds with a mere one point advantage over their closet rivals and former champions Hillsborough Government School 197 to 196, with Dover Government a distant third on 103, and the other three competing schools under one hundred points.
The Mini Stadium is located close to the L’Esterre-based school and the athletes made it clear that no one would come into their back yard and defeat them. Race after race they powered their way to the finish line ahead of the chasing pack, lifting their supporters to ever higher levels of jubilation.
They were followed in second place by the Hillsborough Government School on 472;third, dethroned champions, Harvey-Vale Government with 336; fourth Dover Government on 319; fifth Mt Pleasant Government, 274 and Petite Martinique in the cellar position on 117. The March Pass was won by the Harvey-Vale Government School.
The game’s Victrix Ludorum and Victor Ludorum led L’Esterre in the persons of Renia Alexander and Deandre Bristol with 40 and 60 points respectively.
“This is a proud moment for us” said acting Principal Lyandra Steill, as jubilant supporters waving the school’s blue and white flag swamped her.
She said that they worked hard for the victory and are happy that the athletes, school and community could now join in one massive celebration.
“Even when we were not leading I was still confident because I knew that we would have made up points in the relays and that is exactly what we did”, she added.
Coach at the school, Kevin Modeste, noted that with the school having placed second for several years he was able to get them to really believe that they could have done it and that is what they did.
“We trained hard and that level of commitment and dedication has allowed us to be triumphant this year”, said Modeste.
Chairperson of the sporting arm of the Grenada Union of Teachers, Angus Modeste described the games as highly successful while adding that based on the talent, which came shining through, he is confident of the sister isles doing exceptionally well at the upcoming national Inter-Parish Primary School Games.
Modeste said that the condition of the athletes was testimony to the work invested by the various schools and their coaching staff.
Senior coach in the ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Sebastien Steill, said that the games unearthed some of the bright athletic talent which the sister isles have to offer. He said that he was pleased with the baton passing by the athletes, which he attributed in part to the inaugural Independence Schools Relay Meet, which took place in January.
Local branch manager, Rachel Bethel, declared the Co-op Bank games officially opened. The ceremony also had remarks from President of the Carriacou and Petite Martinique branch of the GUT, Rholda Quamina and Area Education Officer, Rosalina Lendore.