Castries, Saint Lucia: Prime Minister Philip J Pierre extended his wishes to Julien Alfred. She was recently recognised with the 2023 Bowerman Award that was held in the United States Thursday night.
It is the highest accolade rewarded to the year’s best student-athletes in the USA for their performance in track and field.
While congratulating the athlete, PM Pierre wrote, “Join me in congratulating Ms Julien Alfred on winning The Bowerman, the highest accolade bestowed to the year’s best student-athlete in the USA, collegiate track and field.”
He praised her and added, “You had a phenomenal year and continue to make us proud with your display of great sportsmanship, discipline and perseverance. I pray for your continued success. All the best on this journey, Julien, you inspire our nation. We are here cheering you on.”
She is a great sprinter and holds the school records in the 60-, 100- and 200-meter races. She has an NCAA record to her name for completing a 60-meter race in 6.97 seconds.
Julien Alfred is a renowned Sprinter who belongs to the nation Saint Lucia. Last year, the athlete won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in a 100-meter race. At present, Alfred is pursuing her studies at the University of Texas.
The Bowerman Award was established in memory of Oregan’s Track and Cross-Country coach Bill Bowerman in 2009. The award is extended annually by the US Track and Cross-Country Association to the best NCAA track and field athletes.
Many active social media users have reacted and presented their greetings and wished the best to Julien Alfred.
A user Vaughnette Bigford commented, “Congrats to her. This is wonderful.”
Another user Romer Phyl Wilson congratulated the athlete and wrote, “Congratulations Jay!! Keep making us proud and keep making every challenge seem so simple. You are what greatness is!!”
User Olive Thomas commented, “Congratulations Julien, You are absolutely amazing supper star”
Gregor Henry wrote, “Bravo, congratulations Julien as you continue to evolve. 100% strong out of Saint Lucia”
Athlete Julien Alfred also responded to all the greetings received and wrote, “Thank you to everyone who made this possible. It truly does take a village.”
She added, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”