The Minister for Local Government and Culture, Fortuna Belrose has hailed Julien Alfred the “Junior Queen” of the Commonwealth following her spectacular performance last evening at the Commonwealth Youth Games now taking place in the Bahamas.
Alfred, 15, produced a superb run to take gold in the girl’s under-18 100m dash with a time of 11.56 seconds.
She had earlier won her heat in 12.02 seconds and the semi-final with 11.80 seconds.
“Julien has made us all proud. This is St Lucia’s first gold medal ever at the Commonwealth Youth Games,” Belrose, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said in a Facebook comment.
Following her victory, Alfred dropped to her knees to kiss the track.
She beat out Australian Louise Riley, who won the silver medal, and Deondra Green of Canada who got the bronze.
Belrose continued, “Julien Alfred is the junior queen of the commonwealth winning the 100 meters in grand style. We love you Julien!!! Congratulations to you and your wonderful team.”
Julien Alfred received the 2015 St Lucia Junior Sportswoman of the Year Award.
Fortuna Belrose is the Commonwealth Games Federation regional vice-president for the Caribbean.