Grenada’s 2016 Olympian and 2018 College record holder in the decathlon event Lindon Victor captured the Sportsman of the Year title for the second consecutive year, the same is true for Grenada and West Indies female cricketer Afy Fletcher who has won the coveted title for the last four years.
Both athletes were presented with their award during the annual Sports Award Ceremony held last Friday at the newly commissioned Olympic Committee building (Olympic House) in Grand Anse.
Among his exploits in 2018 the former GBSS student, also a graduate of A& M College in Texas USA, posted an all time college record with 8539 points, and was a two-time NCAA Division 1 decathlon champion.
Fletcher on the other hand, a member of the 2016 West Indies World Cup champion team also had a recall to the West Indies Team and participated in the 2018 Women World Cup tournament in the West Indies as a member of the West Indies team.
President of the Grenada Olympic Committee Royston La Hee in his address to the ceremony last Saturday commended all the various winners who have excelled in their various fields of discipline for the year 2018 and encouraged them to continue making a name for themselves and their country.
La Hee also called on the various organizations to have the names of their nominees sent in earlier since according to him this has been one of the setbacks in preparing for the event annually.
Sports Minister Noland Cox also addressed the gathering and commended all the sportsmen and women who put in the extra effort to bring glory for themselves and their country for the year 2018.
Cox noted that while the objective of the award ceremony is hinged on recognizing the contribution made by the nation’s outstanding sports men and women, one must never lose sight of the fact that their efforts have highlighted the core value of what we stand for as a people and in most cases brought glory and fame to Grenada.
The minister took the opportunity to commend all athletic, sports administrators, sporting organizations, coaches and all the various stake holders who contributed to the success of the athletes.
The guest speaker at last Saturday’s national Sports Award Ceremony was Tyrone Buckmire, Director of Grenada Legal Aid and Counseling Clinic.
In his address, Buckmire commended the Grenada Olympic Committee for their consistency in hosting such an event recognizing the contribution made by Grenada’s sports men and women. He called on the country’s sports persons to aim for the top and allow their dreams and aspirations to take them to the next level. He further urged athletes to position themselves for whatever life has to offer, placing little emphasis on the negatives and distraction that may present themselves along the way.
Meanwhile, apart from Victor and Fletcher, also walking away with top awards during last Saturday’s ceremony were Kelsie Murrel Ross who captured the award for Junior Sportswoman of the year, and Delron Felix who walked away with the title for the Junior Sportsman of the year.
The Special Award for 2018 went to Michael Davidson for his contribution to swimming; While Coach of the Year award went to Paul Phillip.
The awards for academic excellence in 2018, in the female category went to Westmorland Secondary School student Facila Fakhre while the male recipient of that award was Presentation Brothers College student Christian Chow Chung.
With the exception of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) nominations for the 2018 awards were sent in from all other sporting organisations in Grenada.