Julien has made us all proud: Fortuna Belrose

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.


  1. Anonymous
    July 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I hope the Ministry of Sports support her in training and don’t let her talent go to waste like so many of the student althetes in times past. Maybe sends less persons to conferences overseas and use that money on the development on the kids training.

    1. Armchair Anonymous
      July 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Oh yes!

  2. Anonymous
    July 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Real talk

  3. Crabcake
    July 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Congrats,keep that momentum going. Ministry of sports needs to invest in her talent, don’t treat her like Laverne Spencer with inadequate training facility. If Laverne had proper training facility she would she would have brought home a gold medal as well. our sporting family need more from the government than they are getting.

  4. Sportswoman
    July 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Crab cake I totally agree. We need more for the sports men and women. Please do not treat them like the past sports personalities who got nothing to help them improve.

  5. Anonymous
    July 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Attitude, positivity and a strong conviction/desire to achieve are key components to succeed. That for sure is present in Julien Alfred.

  6. sharon terrell
    July 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Such a young age,she bringing home Gold.I see julian being the shining for St.lucia.Start them young,so it can be breed and ingrained in them.Julien Alfred,am positive that name will be remembered,in the future.Wonderful Bravo Julien keep it up.Congratulations.

  7. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I totally agree with the first comment. Too many if our promising athletes have gone to waste. Stop brokering deals sending them to colleges where the sports programme is crap. Help them get better.

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