The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The lo­cally-owned and op­er­ated re­sort chain, Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts, has re­warded West Indies and Saint Lu­cian-born crick­eters Dar­ren Sammy and John­son Charles with the keys to Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts which in­cludes Bay Gar­dens Beach Re­sort and Spa, Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel, Bay Gar­dens Inn and the Caribbean's first ever open-wa­ter park, Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park.

This re­ward is to hon­our their achieve­ments at the 2016 World T20 Cup in In­dia, in which the West Indies Cricket Team cap­tured the cham­pi­onship. Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts has been home of West Indies Cricket, host­ing the team for 21 years dur­ing cricket fix­tures, and con­tin­ues to show sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the team and play­ers alike. The re­sorts have also been home to a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional teams.

“We are proud to be as­so­ci­ated with West Indies Cricket and were thrilled with the team's per­for­mance. Sport, and es­pe­cially ath­let­ics, is one of the most im­por­tant brand builders for Saint Lucia and, as such, it is in the spirit and ful­fill­ment of our prom­ise that we have re­warded both Dar­ren Sammy and John­son Charles for their achieve­ments in the re­cent World T20 tour­na­ment,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts, Sanovnik Des­tang.

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts' prom­ise is an ex­am­ple of the or­ga­ni­za­tion's keen in­ter­est in sup­port­ing and work­ing with young Saint Lu­cian icons who in­spire oth­ers to achieve the same.

Dar­ren Sammy, who has show­cased his lead­er­ship on many oc­ca­sions, was the first Saint Lu­cian-born crick­eter to be named cap­tain of the West Indies, in Oc­to­ber 2010. He went on to lead the West Indies team to its first world ti­tle since the 1979 World Cup with a stir­ring vic­tory over hosts Sri Lanka in the 2012 World T20 fi­nal and re­peated the same in 2016 de­feat­ing Eng­land in the fi­nal.

John­son Charles is a righthanded top or­der bats­man who first made his mark in the 2012 World T20 squad where his 84 against Eng­land, in­cred­i­bly, was his high­est score in any form of the game. He then achieved his first ODI hundred a few months later in Aus­tralia. His per­for­mance, scor­ing 52 in the semi-fi­nal of the 2016 World T20 was a big as­set to the team's vic­tory and ad­vance­ment to the fi­nal.

The di­rec­tors, man­age­ment and staff of Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts would like to wish both ath­letes and the West Indies cricket team good luck in their fu­ture en­deav­ours.

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts is a group of award-win­ning, lo­cally-owned ho­tels lo­cated in Rod­ney Bay Vil­lage, Saint Lucia's en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal. All three of Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts prop­er­ties – Bay Gar­dens Inn, Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel and Bay Gar­dens Beach Re­sort & Spa – are within walk­ing dis­tance of over 40 restau­rants, en­ter­tain­ment, duty-free shop­ping malls, and Trea­sure Bay Casino. All prop­er­ties of­fer su­pe­rior ac­com­mo­da­tions, tra­di­tional Caribbean cui­sine, and the finest in ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity. The first ever open­wa­ter sports park, Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park is the new ad­di­tion to the Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts brand.

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts' cricket-lov­ing staff.

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