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Saint Lucia is one step closer to the construction of a National Aquatic Centre. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Republic of China (Taiwan) contributed XCD$ 1,055,290.54 in grant funds, to be used for commencement works.

Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony says Saint Lucia ought not to view the $12 million investment in the National Aquatic Centre simply as facilitating a sport.

It is vital, he says, that citizens are taught this life skill.

In his remarks, the Prime Minister thanked the Republic of China (Taiwan) for continued support in all sectors. He also explained the rational for the selected location of the facility. According to Prime Minister Anthony,

“This twelve million dollar project will realise the dream of Beausejour becoming a National Sports Centre. Already, we have located there the Beausejour Cricket Grounds which sees international-level cricket, the Beausejour Indoor Sports Facility, and the six court National Tennis Centre – the latter being built through funding from your Government.

The proposed location is on approximately 2.5 acres of land immediately east of the Beausejour Cricket Grounds at the junction of the Beausejour & Comerette Roads.

The land is currently owned by the National Lotteries Authority thanks to the Government of Saint Lucia, and as such no land acquisition is required.”

The cheque was presented by His Excellency James Chang, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia.

Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Parliamentary Representative for Gros-Islet, as well as representatives from the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and the Saint Lucia Lifesaving Association were in attendance.
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