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2013 a hard but fruitful year, say Bolt, Fraser-Pryce

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 12, 2014    

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As expected, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce walked away the RJR Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman awards for the year 2013 in a glittering ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night.

Netball aficionado Molly Rhone won the prestigious Sagicor Iconic Award; veteran jockey Winston Griffiths was presented with the Chairman's Award and schoolboy Javon Francis ran away with the People's Choice Performance of the Year award.

Bolt, 27, who was recently named IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, was copping the RJR National Sportsman of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year, following his outstanding performances at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow where he won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay.

"For me, this year was a wonderful year. It was hard; a lot of ups and downs, but overall it was a great season," said Bolt, who was neatly decked in a grey suit, black shirt and black and grey tie.

"I had a lot of support from all over the world, including my family, my friends, and I want to thank everyone for that. I want to thank RJR for keeping this one more year and giving me a cheque," he said laughing.

"You guys have showed me so much love, and the energy that I have gotten this year is just continuing to grow in so many ways," he added.

Like Bolt, Fraser-Pryce added the RJR National Sportswoman of the Year award to the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year following a dominant season in which she copped three gold at the Moscow World Championships and walked away with the historic Diamond League sprint double titles.

"I would like to say thanks to the RJR Foundation and its selection committee for choosing me again this year, it's very sweet," she said with a chuckle.

"It was a hard year. It was a year that met my expectations, seeing that I worked hard. I was fully committed to the task ahead and I completed it," she noted.

"It was an effort from me that was collective; my managers, my teammates as well, my coaches and, of course, my family and my friends. I always said the 2013 sportswoman of the year comes over into 2014 and I hope it's a blessing [of] a good start to days to come," said Fraser-Pryce.

The Awards 2013

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

NOMINEES: Usain Bolt — Winner

Warren Weir — Runner-up

Nesta Carter

Nicholas Walters

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

NOMINEES: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce — Winner

Alia Atkinson — Runner-Up

Alicia Ashley

Stafanie Taylor

CATEGORY AWARDS

ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

BADMINTON: Gareth Henry, Geordine Henry

BASKETBALL: Jerome Jordan, Angelee Latouche

BOXING: Nicholas Walters, Alicia Ashley

CRICKET: Christopher Gayle, Stafanie Taylor

CYCLING: Marloe Rodman, Dahlia Palmer

FOOTBALL: Donovan Ricketts, Khadija Shaw

GOLF: Peter Horrobin

HOCKEY : Jerome Davis, Kamille Griffiths

HORSE RACING: Dane Nelson

MOTOR SPORTS: Andre Anderson,Samantha Summerbell

NETBALL: Jhaniele Fowler

PARA-SPORTS: Alphanso Cunningham, Sylvia Grant

RUGBY LEAGUE: Robert Rodney

RUGBY UNION: Candace Wright

SHOOTING: Lesgar Murdock

SKEET: Shaun Barnes

SKIING: Michael Williams

SQUASH: Christopher Binnie, Alyssia Mullings

SURFING: Icah Wilmot, Elim Beckford

SWIMMING: Timothy Wynter, Alia Atkinson

TABLE TENNIS: Kane Watson, Yvonne Foster

TAEKWONDO: Craig Brown

TRIATHLON: Jassette Bromfield, Elizabeth Mondon

VOLLEYBALL: Kai Wright, Gatasheu Bonner

SPECIAL AWARDS

ATHLETICS:

4x100m Relay (Women) - Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships — Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce, Schillone Calvert, Kerron Stewart, Carrie Russell, Sheri-Ann Brooks

4x100m Relay (Men) - Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships — Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Oshane Bailey, Warren Weir

4x400m Relay (Men) - Silver Medal at World Athletics Championships — Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Omar Johnson, Javon Francis, Javere Bell

Rasheed Dwyer - Silver Medal, 200m at World University Games

Nicholas Maitland - Bronze Medal, 400m at World University Games

Anastacia Leroy - Bronze Medal, 400m at World University Games

Danielle Williams - Bronze Medal, 100m Hurdles at World University Games

World Youth Athletics Championships

Yanique Thompson - Gold Medal 100m Hurdles

Martin Manley - Gold Medal 400m

Jaheel Hyde - Gold Medal 110m Hurdles

Marvin Williams - Gold Medal 400m Hurdles

Michael O’Hara - Gold Medal 200m

Medley Relay Gold Medal - Waseem Williams, Michael O’Hara,

Okeen Williams, Martin Manley

Tiffany James - Bronze Medal - 400m

Christoff Bryan - Bronze Medal High Jump

IPC Athletics World Championships

Alphanso Cunningham - Gold Medal Javelin F52/F53

Sylvia Grant - Silver Medal Javelin F57/F58

CRICKET

National Under 19 Team - Regional 3-day Champions

National Under 19 Team - Regional Super 50 Overs Champions

National Women’s Team - Regional 50 Overs Champions

National Women’s Team - Regional Twenty20 Champions

NETBALL

National Under 21 Team - Bronze Medal - World Youth Netball Championship

FOOTBALL

Women’s Under 20 CFU Champions

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

2013 World Winter Games - Korea

Nigel Davis - Gold Medal in Singles Figure Skating

Tamara Mitchell & Nigel Davis - Silver Medal in Duo Ice Skating

Floor Hockey Team - Silver Medal

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT

Khaleel Azan

Al Hamilton

Ian Forbes

Jason Henzell

Marcia Swyer-Forbes

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Winston Griffiths

PEOPLE’S CHOICE NOMINEES

(A) Jovan Francis - Final leg of 4x400m Relay at World Athletics Championships

(B) Tuffy Anderson’s goal in the World Cup qualifying match vs Costa Rica

(C) Yanique Thompson - 100m Hurdles at World Youth Athletic Championships

(D) Dane Nelson - six winners in one race day at Caymanas Park

(E) Khadija Shaw - Goal in CFU U20 final vs Trinidad & Tobago

Javon Francis won with just under 50,000 votes.

SCHOOLS - BOYS & GIRLS

Athletics: Michael O’Hara (CBAR), Gleneve Grange (H)

Cricket: Delbert Gayle (W)

Football: Amal Knight (W), Nicole Broderick (Ex)

Netball: Nicole Dixon (H)

SAGICOR - ICONIC/LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Molly Rhone, OJ, CD

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