'It never gets old!'
Fraser-Pryce says she can't get over the feeling after copping fifth national sports award
FRASER-PRYCE...it's new all the time, so I am always excited about it (Photo: Observer file)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the RJR/Gleaner National Sportswoman of the Year Award for the fifth time last Friday to equal the number of times she has won the 100m at the World Championships after she won in Eugene, Oregon, last summer.

Fraser-Pryce drew level with Veronica Campbell Brown, who also won the award five times during her stellar career, but both women, however, trail the legendary Merlene Ottey who won it an amazing 13 times.

Fraser-Pryce was almost imperious in the 100m in 2022, consistently running 10.6 throughout the season as she led a Jamaican sweep of the World Championship 100m final in Eugene. Shericka Jackson was second in that race, while Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah was third.

She then battled to a silver medal in the 200m final as Jackson turned the tables to win her first individual global title.

The "Mommy-Rocket" says that winning the award feels new every single time as she described 2022 as a "remarkable" season.

"For me, being here for a fifth time winning this title…it never gets old. It's new all the time, so I am always excited about it, because last year was really different.

"It was one where I was just mindful of the growth that I have experienced. I really wanted to have fun and enjoy the moments and I really had fun last season and to be able to accomplish all of that I did was just remarkable."

Fraser-Pryce also admitted that she would have preferred to share the title with runner-up Shericka Jackson.

"I wish that Shericka and I would have a tie because I think we both had similar kinds of seasons and it was really remarkable to witness two Jamaican female athletes dominating the way we did, so I think that in itself was remarkable, so I have to say big up to Shericka for that."

In expressing her gratitude for receiving her fifth national honour, Fraser-Pryce also indicated that she was setting her sights on breaking through yet another barrier in 2023.

"You aim for something. I wanted to run 10.5 or 10.4, but instead I was able to run 10.6 consistently and that was mind-blowing, and I think that just added inspiration and hope to me to continue to just push because I know that the breakthrough of what I want is right around the corner. So, I am hoping with God's grace and the hard work that this season will be one of those seasons, but I am grateful to be awarded Sportswoman," she proclaimed.

Fraser-Pryce will be looking to vie for her sixth 100m world title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August.

National Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Rasheed Broadbell pose with their trophies at Friday night's award ceremony at Jamaica Pegasus hotel. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
BY DWAYNE RICHARDS Observer writer

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