Saint Lucia’s high jump star, Levern Spencer, received a heartwarming reception moments after she returned home via Hewanorra International Airport on a Delta flight on Monday this week.
Spencer, the island’s most decorated athlete, defended her gold medal at this year’s Pan Am Games held in Lima, Peru, from July to August, with a best jump of 1.87 metres. However, she finished 13th in the just-concluded World Championships held in Doha, Qatar, with a best jump of 1.92 metres.
Monday’s welcome ceremony was organized by the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA), which inducted the well-respected athlete as its first- ever Goodwill Ambassador at its 55th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on August 30 this year.
Spencer, 35, who represented Saint Lucia at the Olympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016, was selected “based on her humility, dedication and persevering
spirit, and knowing that she would be the perfect asset to carry out the mandate of the SLHTA”, said Yola St. Jour, SLHTA’s Finance & Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary.
“The SLHTA surely and truly believes Spencer to be an absolute draw and phenomenal daughter of the soil,” St. Jour added.
Director on the SLHTA’s Board, Kirk Elliott, expressed congratulatory remarks to Spencer on behalf of SLHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy, Directors of the SLHTA and the general membership. Elliott cited Spencer’s charm and humility as qualities that represent and embody the true spirit of Saint Lucians.
She first won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games four years ago in Toronto, Canada, which was Saint Lucia’s first-ever Pan Am gold.