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Stafanie Taylor's Sportswoman-of-the-Year nomination sends the right signal, JCA president

Friday, December 20, 2013 | 9:27 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President, William ‘Billy’ Heaven on Thursday weighed in on Stafanie Taylor's nomination as RJR National Sportswoman of the Year 2013, saying that it “sends the right signal".

"I am not saying this from a point of view of her being a cricketer, but I think the fundamental signal it sends is that we are looking at a female cricketer," he emphasised.

Speaking at the Jamaica Observer Press Club at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston on Thursday, Heaven contended that Taylor's nomination says a lot for women's cricket.

"Someone who has excelled over the years and the fact that we want to promote women cricket in Jamaica as a viable option as well, I think her nomination speaks volumes to that." said Heaven while also congratulating RJR on deciding to name her as one of the nominees.

"Over the years you would've seen cricketers of a high standard being nominated to that competition, but a woman being nominated sends the right signal," he reiterated.

Taylor, as well as IAAF Female Athlete-of-the-Year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, swimmer Alia Atkinson, and boxer Alicia Ashley have been nominated in the 2013 female category of the award this year. Usain Bolt, boxer Nicholas Walters, Nesta Carter, and Warren Weir have been nominated in the men's category.

The award ceremony is set for January 10, 2014.

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