Read­ers’ Choice

The Star (St. Lucia) - - YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 -

Our re­cent Year in Re­view on­line poll re­sulted in a flood of re­sponses from read­ers all keen to share their choice of STAR Per­son of the Year for 2016. The re­sponses ranged from politi­cians and mu­si­cians, to ath­letes and other or­di­nary cit­i­zens. This week we de­cided to share some of the re­sponses that stood out most! Per­son of the Year should be: Hon. Allen Chas­tanet be­cause he has proven him­self to be a man who will not let any­thing nor any­one put him down. He is very per­se­ver­ing, very hum­ble. Through­out all the in­sults and de­grad­ing talk he never lost his cool and never wasted time on en­ter­tain­ing them. He has the coun­try’s in­ter­ests at heart. If he con­tin­ues with the good work Saint Lu­cia will be­come a bet­ter place for ev­ery­one. Per­son of the Year should be: Claire Daisy Charra. At the age of 17 she is Saint Lu­cia’s youngest fe­male pi­lot! At just 18 she got her com­mer­cial pi­lot li­cense and is al­most done with her CFI and ready to teach avi­a­tion. Per­son of the Year should be: Pam De­vaux for the ster­ling work that she has achieved as Pres­i­dent of SLAPS. The stray and sick an­i­mal sit­u­a­tion on this is­land would be at crit­i­cal lev­els if not for Pam and her team. The re­mark­able thing is that Pam is still do­ing this at the age of 75! Per­son of the Year should be: Allen Chas­tanet. He took a po­lit­i­cal party from scraps and de­fied all odds thrash­ing the SLP gov­ern­ment at the polls. Per­son of the Year should be: Daren Sammy. He showed some se­ri­ous heart this year and proved that you only fail when you give up, and not when peo­ple who do not have your best in­ter­ests at heart try to push your back against the wall. Ku­dos to the start of the Daren Sammy Foun­da­tion ! Per­son of the Year should be: Boo Hink­son. He is one of the most pas­sion­ate and de­ter­mined mu­si­cians on the lo­cal scene, who’s man­aged to tap into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, and this year re­ceived the dis­tin­guished OBE award. I vote for him hands down be­cause of the sort of in­spi­ra­tion he im­parts with­out even try­ing, just as a re­sult of him be­ing such a go-get­ter. Thank you Boo for con­tin­u­ing to in­spire all of us to shine! Per­son of the Year should be: Allen Chas­tanet. I re­ally did not ex­pect the re­sult from the 2016 gen­eral elec­tion. Great job Allen and the United Work­ers Party for mak­ing some­thing hap­pen out of very un­favourable cir­cum­stances!

Per­son of the Year should be: Michael Cos­may.

You know how they say, “We live in a dead hero so­ci­ety”? There are ath­letes, es­pe­cially, who con­tinue to be for­got­ten. When I was grow­ing up Michael in par­tic­u­lar used to run with this other guy, I think it was An­thony Fes­sal. Th­ese were two of the top run­ners in the Caribbean but, be­cause of a reser­va­tion be­ing badly made, they missed a flight to France for a meet. The flight was over­booked and they never made it there but word got back that the Africans were ask­ing about them. The Africans were con­sid­ered the world’s fastest long-dis­tance run­ners, but they were ask­ing about th­ese guys be­cause they were so good. That may have been back in the 80s. Adi­das had spon­sored both of them, and in those times a spon­sor­ship like that was un­heard of. I nom­i­nate Michael as Per­son of the Year, in the hopes that we start to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions of our ath­letes young and old! A spe­cial thank you to ev­ery­one who took the time to vote. We’ll be an­nounc­ing the STAR Per­son of the Year for 2016 in our next is­sue. Don’t miss it!

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