Prime Min­is­ter Con­grat­u­lates Levern Spencer

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia Honourable Allen Chas­tanet has ex­tended his con­grat­u­la­tions to Women’s High Jump Olympic Fi­nal­ist Levern Spencer for the ad­mirable level of sports­man­ship she dis­played dur­ing the Women’s High Jump com­pe­ti­tion in Rio de Janeiro on Satur­day, Au­gust 20, 2016.

“I be­lieve that her per­for­mance is one de­serv­ing of na­tional recog­ni­tion and pride. I know that we are a na­tion that is anx­ious for an Olympic medal but even then, we must first be­gin to pen­e­trate to the fi­nals of the Games be­fore that can hap­pen.

“Levern did that for Saint Lu­cia on this oc­ca­sion and we are thank­ful to her as a govern­ment and a na­tion. Her hard work took us that much closer to the ul­ti­mate goal. Clearly she had to come very far in her own per­sonal jour­ney of growth as an ath­lete, to get this far and per­form cred­itably.”

Spencer soared over the bar at 1.88m and then at 1.93 m in a cat­e­gory which proved very daunt­ing for sev­eral ath­letes who were un­able to clear that height.

The Prime Min­is­ter sur­mised: “Sev­eral more young and tal­ented ath­letes from Saint Lu­cia are de­sirous of get­ting to the Olympics as well. The mes­sage we do not want to send is that they would be harshly crit­i­cized and re­jected if they don’t suc­ceed at bring­ing home a medal. Ob­vi­ously this would be ex­tremely in­tim­i­dat­ing to them and only hold us back; so we must be mind­ful of the sig­nals that we are send­ing not only to Levern but also to the up and com­ing crop of Saint Lu­cian ath­letes gen­er­ally.”

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter, Honourable Dr. Gale T.C. Rigob­ert and the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters joined in ex­tend­ing con­grat­u­la­tions to Levern Spencer on her his­toric ac­com­plish­ment.

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