Omar McLeod gets his dream
The Pegasus was flooded with true champions in their respective sports on January 19, 2018, at the RJR/Gleaner National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, and all hearts were melted by a speech from greatness.
Many would suspect that the Sportsman of the Year would have been none other than Omar McLeod due to all his successes last year. Still, when the announcement was made, nothing but humility and gratitude covered his face. As he tried his hardest to fight his battle with tears, he momentarily paused to maintain composure which gave us a sneak peek into his control that he maintains on the track. He admitted that he had not planned or expected to accomplish all he did but all he really wanted was the trophy he held in that moment.
McLeod encouraged young people not to give up on their dreams. The road is not easy, but despite the naysayers, go after after those dreams even when hated. While he had regained his composure, there were a few in the crowd who had a bit of wetness in their eyes from joy.
It was a bit harder to determine who would have been awarded Sportswoman of the Year as Elaine Thompson, Ristananna Tracey and Alia Atkinson were all favourites for the award. Atkinson was awarded the coveted prize. She left a heartfelt pre-recorded speech which expressed her gratitude.
The night was filled with several other awards with many athletes getting awards in their respective fields. Elaine Thompson won for female athletics, Sakima Mullings for boxing, Imani and Ivah Wilmot for Surfing and Christopher Binnie for Squash. For the VMBS Youth Award, Wolmer's High School for Girls Head Girl Aiko Jones won the coveted prize. Mother Paula-Anne Porter-Jones was brought to tears in the moment, knowing full well how hard her daughter had worked. Seeing her rewarded was enough to warm her heart.
All in all, the night was one filled with excitement and tears of joy. It concluded with celebrations and full-on party on the top floor of the hotel -Talk of the Town.