St. Lucia plans hero's welcome for history-making Levern Spencer

By April 16, 2018
Levern Spencer who won gold in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games is to receive a hero's welcome on her return home to St. Lucia later this week. Levern Spencer who won gold in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games is to receive a hero's welcome on her return home to St. Lucia later this week.

 

The government and the people of St. Lucia are still basking in the glow of Levern Spencer’s historic Commonwealth Games high jump gold medal with the government already planning special celebrations for the athlete who is expected in the island later this week.

A statement from the government indicated that Cabinet ministers and sports officials are discussing plans to honour their first-ever Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

On Saturday, the 33-year-old St. Lucian cleared a season’s best 1.95m to win ahead of England’s Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia’s Nicola McDermot (1.91m), sending the country into wild celebrations.

Among them was Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

“The people of Saint Lucia are so proud of Levern. Many stayed up to watch her historic jump while others found out early in the morning and the response has been phenomenal,” said the elated prime minister, speaking from the Summit of the Americas conference in Peru.

“This has deep meaning for us because we have watched her grow up before our eyes, been there in the ups and downs of being an athlete. Levern was already a Saint Lucia legend and now Levern Spencer has given our country even more reason to celebrate.

“Words cannot express how proud we are of this daughter of Saint Lucia! Congratulations Levern! We love you and you have once again done us proud.”

Minister for Local Government and Culture and President of the National Olympic Committee, Honourable Fortuna Belrose, told St. Lucian media Monday that she stayed up all night to watch Levern.

“Saint Lucia has achieved a milestone that many countries in the world are yet to reach,” Minister Belrose said. “The significance of this medal that she has won is phenomenal. Levern has been on the circuit for over 18 years and she has been able to realize this goal for Saint Lucia. For young people in this country it communicates the message that sometimes it takes time but if you work at it, if you stick to it, you can achieve the goals.”

She called on Saint Lucians to show Spencer their support by giving her a hero’s welcome.

Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Honourable Edmund Estephane, was equally laudatory.

Speaking from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, Estephane said Spencer’s accomplishment has given the country more reason to celebrate.

“Levern has done us so proud now and in the past. She is an example of discipline and dedication and we had already planned to celebrate what she has done for our country in the athletic circles and on a whole in terms of bringing attention to our country.”

 

 

Leighton Levy

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