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Saint Lucia's ties with it's French neighbour Martinique are being further strengthened in a new and novel way that is expected to benefit especially less advantaged nationals.

This week the Martinquans under the supervision of the French Embassy will be donating two Polynesian canoes to the Ministry of Sports in the hope of evoking local interest in the discipline.

Some years ago, Polynesian canoeing was introduced to Martinique and caught on, to the point where that island will be represented by a contingent to the upcoming Paralympics in Rio, Brazil where the sport was only recently accepted as a division in one of the most prestigious sports meets in the world.

There, physically challenged athletes from countries around the globe will put their prowess and skills against each other. It is hoped that sometime in the near future Saint Lucia will be able to also compete in the sport.

A total of 8 Polynesian canoes set sail from the southern coast of Martinique early Thursday and have arrived in Saint Lucia. Two canoes were officially handed over to the Ministry of Sports in a special ceremony at the Pyramid, Alliance Francaise, Pointe Seraphine.
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