Friday 16 November, 2018

Levern shares gold with St Lucia – ‘We did it together’

Levern Spencer was gracious and thankful upon her return home following her historic Commonwealth Games gold medal victory, a first ever in St Lucia’s history.

Spencer was celebrated at the Derek Walcott Square following her arrival at the Hewanorra International Airport today.

She was presented with a cheque courtesy of the St Lucia Olympic Committee for EC$ 10,000 by Minister for Local Government and Culture Fortuna Belrose.

Levern said, “Last Saturday I was presented with Commonwealth Gold which I’m proudly wearing but this one is for you St Lucia. We did it together, so let’s all celebrate.”

Levern said that her twenty year journey had not been smooth sailing and that she had mountains to climb and rivers to cross and so many hurdles in her path that she thought of switching from competing in the high jump to the hurdles.

Levern credited the help of God, management, family and the love of the St Lucian people for helping her get to this point.

She said that even when she had been criticised for not meeting the expectations of the nation, she used it as a stepping stone to get to the top and was thankful for that too.

With the knowledge that all eyes are on her, she strives to be a role model for the nation’s athletes and for the youth.

Levern gave glory to God for always being there for her and never failing her. She thanked the government, the St Lucia Olympic Committee and the St Lucia Athletics Association which she said all played an integral role.

She thanked her coaches and manager, her family and sponsors.

To the people of St Lucia she said, “continue pushing me as we still have goals to achieve and dreams to realize.”