2016 Sporting Talents Rewarded
SVG’s sporting talents were honoured for their performances in 2016 at an award ceremony on Saturday 11th March, 2017, held at the Community college in villa. It was held under the theme “Self Belief : A Key Ingredient To Success.” Fifteen athletes from seven associations made the shortlist on the night.
In the Junior male category, Gidron Pope was nominated by the cricket association, Jason Doyle from the squash association, and Nicolas Sylvester from the swimming association.
Gidron Pope from the Mt. Grenan community on the windward side of St. Vincent, earned the judges nod for Junior Sportsman 2016. He was outstanding in his performance as a member of the winning West Indies Under-19 Cricket team that emerged as champions of the Under-19 World Cup of 2016, played in Bangladesh.
The Junior female of 2016 was chosen from Shafiqua Maloney from the Athletics Association, Bri-Anna Nash from the Tennis Association, and Shne Joachim of the Swimming Association.
Shne, a member of our National Olympic Team to the Rio Olympic games, was elected Junior Female Sports person for 2016.
In the adult male category, West Indies A-Team cricketer and Jamaica Tallawahs speedster, Keswick Williams bowled over the two other nominees, SVG’s US based footballer Oalex Anderson, and Road Tennis star Sean Stanley, to win the senior sportsman of 2016.
SVG’s current leading female distance runner, Linda McDowall ran away with the senior female award. She outdistanced Road Tennis’s Samantha Lynch and cricketer Juliana Nero.
The coaches category saw athletics’ Michael Ollivierre, swimming’s Kyle Dougan, and cricket’s Roxell John competing for the top prize. Dougan won it on the night and the swimming association was adjudged the 2016’s top sporting association .
The judging panel was comprised of veteran athlete Genita Lewis, Olympian Dr Lennox Adams, and Journalists William Anthony and Rohan Thomas. Thomas was also a winner, capturing the award of best sports journalist 2016.
Special Olympics veteran and teacher Terrence Davis was the featured speaker; while Prime Minister Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves addressed the audience, and spoke of the government’s policy framework for the development of sports in SVG.
The Prime Minister spoke about plans to light up the Arnos Vale playing field, which is estimated to cost approximately one million dollars. He ended with the declaration of veteran cricketer Michael Findlay as this country’s latest sporting ambassador.
Summary of award winners 2016
|Junior Athlete||Gidron Pope (cricket)||Shne Joachim(swimming)|
|Senior Athlete||Keswick Williams (cricket)||Linda McDowall(Athletics)|
|Coach of the year||Kyle Dougan (swimming)|
|Association of the year||Swimming Association.|
|Journalist of the year||Rohan Thomas.|
Article by Justin Douglas. Photos from the internet.
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