As a tribute to observe St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations on February 22nd, I am featuring 10 St. Lucians on my blog who are making a positive difference in uplifting the human spirit and adding inspiration and motivation to the lives of others. Meet Martial and Martina Charlery, two ordinary people doing extraordinary work in lives of young people in St. Lucia.
They formed the Rockets Athletic Club in November 2004 as a result of requests made the by parents of the Camille Henry Memorial School, who felt that Martial Charlery had made a significant contribution towards the training and development of the track and field athletes at the school and felt that he should continue to work with them. Never did they think that Rockets would be what it is today!
(Athlete Nevin Kester Brian below is from Vieux fort he won the Victor Ludorum in district 6 in the under 13. He dominated at his school sports winning gold medals in all his events.)
The club can boast of having won regional and international medals: 21 medals in Trinidad and Tobago at the Western Springfield Championships in 2007, international medals, in 2008 our primary athletes (ages 8 and under) won a team bronze in the 4 x 100 meter event, in 2010,Kamillah Monroque, won a bronze in the 800 meter, in 2012 she won a gold in the 3000 meters, and a bronze in the 1500 meter event. She also received an ESPN rising star medal. Shaquille Greenidge represented Saint Lucia at the Windward Island Games in 2013.Janille Greenidge in 2013 represented Saint Lucia at the World Youth Games in the Ukraine. And Beverly Ann Hippolyte has been shortlisted to represent st.Lucia at the Youth Olympics in China later this year.
(Janille Greenridge represented St. Lucia at the World Youth Games in the Ukraine)
(Above, in the middle is Kamillah Monroques who won gold in Orlando Florida)
The club is focused on the holistic development of every member, inclusive of the parents. Workshops are conducted not only for the athletes, but the parents as well. There are a number of social activities, (such as, trips, family day, island tours, etc) that are organized in an an effort to encourage the bonding, improving of social skills while the children develop their athletic ability. It is a family oriented club. On top of that, the team supports community based activities, and contributes by making donations to the children’s home, the hurricane and flood victims, provide technical assistance to the schools in districts one and two. They raise most of their funding through Barbeques, cake sales, raffles, talent shows etc.
Attached to the club is a counselor, who conducts workshops, with the athletes and parents and provides counseling services once recommended by the Management Team or requested by a parent or athlete.
All the athletes have excelled at the school level in track and field, holding titles and records at that level. In February of 2013, Rockets hosted and conducted a Track and Field Development Clinic with three international Coaches namely: Peter Thompson IAAF consultant, Matt Lydum USATF Coach and Author, Dave Shrock USATF Coach and Lecturer. Teachers, athletes and coaches from across the island were invited to be part of this clinic.
Both Martina and Martial finds working with young athletes very rewarding and would like to expand their services to build a home for Rockets with a conference room to conduct all training workshops and activities for parents and athletes, an office for the counselor, and a 200 meter track for training, and hosting of clinics and camps. They believe that the Rockets Athletic club provides the youth with a safe place to exert energy, and be positively engaged. It allows them to learn, develop skills and identify talents within themselves.
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