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Bolt, Calvert top glitzy Zenith Awards at Pegasus

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, December 02, 2013    

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DR Usain Bolt and Schillonie Calvert were the stars of a glittering Racers Track Club Zenith Awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Saturday night.

The second annual awards and fund-raising banquet showcased the Racers athletes who have strived for excellence and who have reached the zenith.

Not surprisingly, Bolt, arguably the greatest sprinter of all time, received the award for the Most Outstanding Performances for 2012 and 2013, among several other awards.

"I am fortunate to be here and be a part of this great club in the first place. It is wonderful to be a part of it, it's just a great feeling," Bolt told the Jamaica Observer.

"I have put in the work for the club, and for them to show that they appreciate it is always a good feeling."

Rosemarie Whyte, who ran 50.00 seconds in the 400m at Zagreg, was the Most Outstanding Performance for 2012.

Calvert, 25, who was a part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the 2013 Moscow World Championship, got the nod for the Most Outstanding Performance for 2013.

"This means a lot to me because when you are acknowledged for your excellent work by those who are like family, words cannot explain how I feel," said Calvert, who also responded on behalf of the athletes.

"This boosts my confidence, and right now I am overwhelmed. I am putting in the work for next season and the track and the clock will speak," she noted.

After watching his charges being rewarded for their outstanding performances, coach Glen Mills was given a surprise award for his historic achievement for being the only coach to have three athletes on the podium at the London Olympics in the 200m -- Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir. The trio did the honour by presenting a plaque to Mills for guiding them and himself into the history books.

The well-attended and glamorous function, in which almost all the big wigs in track and field attended, had a very special guest in Raymond Goulbourne, the executive vice-president, media sales at the USA-based Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Gouldbourne, 56, a former Calabar High student who has been credited with turning the cable network into a $6-billion organisation during his 22 years there, was the keynote speaker.

His advice to everyone, and in particular the athletes, was simple. They must re-invent themselves to stay at the zenith. He gave several examples of persons who were very successful financially, but failed to re-invent themselves and suffered in the end.

"It's not how you start, but how you finish," said Goulbourne, who had the audience fully focused on his financial advice.

"Make sure you approach life with a sense of humility, a sense of dignity, poise because as soon as you get it you will lose it," he warned.

Meanwhile, the posthumous racers Award of Honour went to late Neville 'Teddy' McCook, which was collected by Orville Byfield, the current Kingston College coach.

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