Lester Hanley is the Chef De Mission for Team St. Kitts and Nevis at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Just for clarification purposes, that is not an ode to Hanley’s culinary skills.
The term chef de mission simply refers to the person in charge of a national team at an international sporting event.
There is some misconception that the Chef de Mission is immersed in the luxury of travel and comfort.
However, after a brief discussion with Hanley, it became clear that the position comes with more work than many would bargain for.
It is now easy to conclude that the role has meetings, meetings and more meetings.
In addition to the athletes, Hanley has also been making sure that supporting personnel with the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation, who have accommodations outside the athletes’ village, are comfortable.
His work as Chef de Mission never stops.
One night after arriving in Peru, personnel attached to the St. Kitts and Nevis media team were stranded at the International Media Center for hours, because there was no provision made for transportation from the Media Center to their hotel.
Guess who they had to call. Lester Hanley, of course.
Hanley reached out to Andrea, one of team’s liaison officers, and she made her way to meet the media personnel and ensured that they got home safely.
Reporting from the Atton Hotel, at the PanAmerican Games in Lima, Peru, while waiting for the Chef de Mission to send some transportation, I am Shawn Seabrookes.