The profiles of the nominees for the 37th Annual National Sports Awards continue with Levern Spencer for the SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR.
Hers is more than a household name, rather it is global one. Under the year in review Levern Spencer cleared 1.94 meters five times outdoors, matched her second best height ever, – 1.96 meter and soared at least 1.92 meters five times in the high jump event.
At Hustopece, she tied the National Indoor Record and OECS Record. In March she placed fifth at the World Indoor Championships with a height of 1.93 meters which represented the best ever by a St. Lucia athlete at any senior global event. She later went on to win the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix jumping 1.94 meters, to become the first ever Caribbean athlete ever to win an IAAF Diamond League field event.
In June she set another milestone when she cleared 1.94 meters at the St. Lucia Nationals and thus created history by becoming the first individual to attain an Olympic qualifying mark on home soil. At the OECS Games she once again did her country proud by winning the high jump event.
She crowned her athletic year by placing sixth at the Rio Olympics – 1.93 meters becoming the first St. Lucian ever to make an Olympic final. This was the best Olympic finish in the event by an English speaking Caribbean athlete since Vinton Backett at London in 1948.
Lavern ended the season ranked second in the Diamond League behind Olympic Champion Ruth Beitia. In addition she was ranked third in the world by All Athletics.
She was eventually awarded the Medal Of Merit Gold by Her Excellency Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy for long and meritorious service to St. Lucia in the field of sports.
Submitted by: Michael Pierre.
Sporte Avis congratulates Levern on yet another nomination and wishes her all the best!