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The Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia will bestow on Levern Don­aline Spencer the ti­tle of Of­fi­cial Sports and Youth Am­bas­sador for Saint Lu­cia. Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ezechiel Joseph made the an­nounce­ment at a spe­cial din­ner held in Spencer’s hon­our on Fri­day March 29, 2019 at San­dals Grande.

The Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter, who is also the Par­lia­men­tary Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the com­mu­nity of Babon­neau, where Spencer hails from, fur­ther an­nounced the de­ci­sion by the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia to is­sue a com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp to rec­og­nize Spencer’s achieve­ments. The govern­ment will also hon­our Spencer with the do­na­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a sports fa­cil­ity with her name. Levern Spencer is mark­ing twenty years of rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia in High Jump and has on fifteen oc­ca­sions been named Sports Woman of the Year. She has also won sev­eral in­ter­na­tional medals in high jump. The event called “A

Cel­e­bra­tory Din­ner in Hon­our of Levern Spencer on the Oc­ca­sion of her 20th year of Rep­re­sen­ta­tion to Saint Lu­cia” was also a con­tin­u­a­tion of the ob­ser­vance of the is­land’s mile­stone 40th In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary.

Levern was joined by her fam­ily and friends and sev­eral sports per­son­al­i­ties from Saint Lu­cia, the re­gion and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Among them Se­nior VP of Sports­max Caribbean Lance Whit­taker, who spoke about the mag­ni­tude of Levern’s achieve­ment at the Com­mon­wealth Games. Vic­tor Lopez, pres­i­dent of the North and Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Ath­let­ics Con­fed­er­a­tion (NACAC) pre­sented Levern with the NACAC Award for 20 years of ex­cel­lence in rep­re­sent­ing not just Saint Lu­cia but the re­gion as a whole. It was also a night of un­ex­pected mo­ments for Spencer as her coach at Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia, Wayne Nor­ton, vis­it­ing Saint Lu­cia for the first time, was a sur­prise speaker. Also pay­ing trib­ute to Spencer was Min­is­ter for Youth De­vel­op­ment and Sports, Ed­mund Estephane who said, “You are a great ex­am­ple of the role model for all young peo­ple and even the not too young. We say a very spe­cial thank you for 20 years of hard work, 20 years of zeal, sac­ri­fice, per­se­ver­ance, pride, courage, fo­cus, lots of ef­fort and self-dis­ci­pline. We thank you for the ex­po­sure that you have given to Saint Lu­cia.”

Gre­gory Lu­bin, Spencer’s first-ever ath­let­ics coach, was given a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque by the Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports, in recog­ni­tion of his early work with the then teenager. Levern Don­aline Spencer was born on June 23, 1984 and grew up in Ca­coa, Babon­neau. Levern Spencer is a grad­u­ate of the En­tre­pot Sec­ondary School where her ath­leti­cism was rec­og­nized, she went on to par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral na­tional sports meets, be­fore be­ing se­lected for re­gional and in­ter­na­tional games. She also grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia.

Among her note­wor­thy achieve­ments are:

2001: Bronze medal - World Youth Cham­pi­onship 2005: Gold Medal - Gu­atemala City, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and

Levern Spencer and Ezechiel Joseph at a cer­e­mony held in her hon­our.

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