Fund launched to con­tinue the legacy of de­ceased Saint Lu­cian­born sports­man Oliver Gobat

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

Apress con­fer­ence was held at Cap Mai­son on Fri­day 27th Novem­ber, 2015 in hon­our of Saint Lu­cian- born Oliver Gobat af­ter whom a spe­cial me­mo­rial fund has been named. Gobat was mur­dered here on 25th April, 2014 at the age of 38.

Oliver Gobat’s fam­ily dis­closed the na­ture of the fund, The Oliver Gobat Sports (TOGS) Fund, which will ben­e­fit young sports­men and women in Saint Lucia.

Theo Gobat pointed out, “Ol­lie was born in Saint Lucia and loved the coun­try of his birth. He was train­ing to rep­re­sent Saint Lucia in squash in the Com­mon­wealth games in Glas­gow just be­fore he died. Sport was Ol­lie’s great pas­sion. Which­ever sport he chose to play he gave his all.”

The Gobat fam­ily say they want to re­mem­ber him in this way and to make it as easy as pos­si­ble to meet th­ese needs by set­ting up a char­ity to be called ‘The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund’.

“Events to raise money for this fund will be held both in Saint Lucia and over­seas. Our first golf event in May in the UK was very suc­cess­ful,” Theo Gobat stated.

Cri­te­ria for spon­sor­ship will re­quire the young ap­pli­cant to be a Saint Lu­cian na­tional and ideally be­low age 21 al­though all re­quests will be care­fully con­sid­ered, whether for travel to events, sport­ing equip­ment, or coach­ing.

When asked if there have been any new devel­op­ments re­gard­ing the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Mr. Gobat re­sponded with an em­phatic “No.” He added: “That is really a ques­tion for the Saint Lu­cian po­lice, I guess. I think it has been re­ported in the press that the Bri­tish po­lice are in­volved and they are talk­ing with the Saint Lu­cian po­lice about how they might progress in solv­ing Ol­lie’s mur­der. We don’t be­lieve that they have reached a very ad­vanced stage yet, so we’re hav­ing to be very pa­tient. Eigh­teen months later, we’re not too close to find­ing out who killed him,” Gobat said.

He told the news brief­ing that it ap­pears to be quite a com­pli­cated crime, which is why the over­seas team has been brought in. “But it’s too early to say whether it’s go­ing to work or not. We have hopes. We shouldn’t ex­ag­ger­ate it by say­ing that we’re cer­tain it can work. We hope that progress can be made in this,” he went on to say.

Ol­liver’s mother He­len Gobat also spoke, say­ing, “Ob­vi­ously as a fam­ily we are very con­cerned to know what hap­pened and why, and it’s been very painful and dis­tress­ing . . . Eigh­teen months and we think in a small com­mu­nity like Saint Lucia there has got to be an an­swer! We have tremen­dous sup­port from Saint Lu­cians. We’ve loved Saint Lucia; we have been in­vest­ing in it per­son­ally with our ef­forts for the last fortytwo years; helped build the tourism in­dus­try. There must be a way to solve it. We won’t give up!”

Mrs. Gobat said that the Home Sec­re­tary in Eng­land is right be­hind the fam­ily as well as the Bri­tish Po­lice who have done the pre­lim­i­nar­ies.

Forms for the fund can be com­pleted at TOGS­fund@aol.com.

He­len and Theo Gobat at a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day to launch The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund.

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