2013 a hard but fruitful year, say Bolt, Fraser-Pryce
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
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
NOMINEES: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce — Winner
Alia Atkinson — Runner-Up
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
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
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
National Under 21 Team - Bronze Medal - World Youth Netball Championship
Women’s Under 20 CFU Champions
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
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