It was a scene of excitement in the streets of Castries last Saturday afternoon when national and club athletes headed by three-time Olympian, Levern Spencer, led the charge in a youth relay, passing the reparations baton that culminated in a youth rally at the Derek Walcott Square.
The relay began at the Sab Playing Facility and continued to La Clery, Chaussee Road, Leslie Land, Riverside Road, Brazil Street, Bridge Street, and then into the Square.
The relay included national athletes such as long distance runner Michael ‘Mega Boost’ Biscette, javelin thrower Albert Reynolds, combined events athlete Makeba Alcide, 400m runner Allana Paul, as well as members of Morne Stars Athletics Club.
The anchor leg of the race was, of course, run by Spencer, a Central American and Caribbean and 2015 Pan Am Games women’s high jump champion.
Following the 40-minute relay, those in attendance were treated to cultural performances and speeches by representatives from the Saint Lucia Reparations Committee, CARICOM Reparations Committee, and Saint Lucia’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors. Everyone who attended was in high spirits and the commitment to reparations displayed by the youth was indeed heartwarming.