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Another triple for Bolt

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 2:35 AMChristopher Serju
Usain Bolt, The Gleaner's Man of the Year for 2016, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday.
Gleaner Man of the Year, the legendary Usain St Leo Bolt (right), with his parents Wellesley and Jennifer, who were awarded by the Gleaner Honour Awards selection committee for 'Exemplary Parental Support for a Jamaican Icon' at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston yesterday.
Christopher Barnes (right), Managing Director of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, poses with The Gleaner's 2016 Honour Awardees at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel yesterday
Shena Stubbs Gibson (right), Company Secretary of The RJRGLEANER Communications Group, presents Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of the Jamaica Public Service, with the Gleaner Honour Award for Science and Technology
Gary Allen (right), Chief Executive Officer of The RJRGLEANER Communications Group, presents Rita Humphries-Lewin with The Gleaner Honour Award Business Lifetime Achievement Award.
Terri Karelle Reid, Online Brand Manager of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, presents Alfred Francis from Running Events Ltd with The Gleaner Honour Award for Health and Wellness.
Andrea Wilson-Messam (right), Chief Financial Officer of The RJRGLEANER Communications Group, presents Dorothy Pine-McLarty with The Gleaner Honour Award for Public Service.
Burchell Gibson, Circulation Manager of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, presents Justine Hezell, co-founder and producer of Calabash International Literary Festival with The Gleaner Honour Award for Arts & Culture.
Garfield Grandison (right), Editor in Chief of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, presents Richard Byles, president and CEO of Sagicor Group, with The Gleaner Honour Award for Business.
Garfield Grandison (right), Editor in Chief of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, presents Tommy Cowan of Fun in the Son with The Gleaner Honour Award for Entertainment.
Nordia Craig, Business Development and Marketing Manager of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, presents Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food for the Poor, with The Gleaner Honour Award for Voluntary Service.
Trevor Johnson (right), Production Manager, RJR, presents Thalia Lyn (centre), chairman of NCB Foundation and Nadeen Matthews, CEO of NCB Foundation, with The Gleaner Honour Award for Education.
Dennis Howard, General Manager of Radio Services of The RJRGLEANER Communications Group, presents Elaine Thompson with the special Gleaner Honour Award for Sports.
Terrence Harold (left) collecting the special Gleaner Honour Award for Sean Paul in the Entertainment category from Dennis Howard, General Manager of Radio Services of The RJRGLEANER Communications Group.
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It was another triple feat for sprint legend Usain Bolt.

Yesterday, the fastest man in the world continued his impressive run, albeit off the track, when he was declared The Gleaner’s Man of the Year for 2016, at the media house’s 37th Annual Honour Awards function at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.

Bolt was earning the prestigious honour for the third time, having been named Gleaner Man of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the Global Jamaican Award by the multimedia company.

This year’s award added to an already impressive start for the 30-year-old Jamaican, who was named Male World Athlete of the Year at the IAAF for 2016. Bolt was winning the award for a record sixth time.

In January, he was named RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year for 2016, while Elaine Thompson was named Sportswoman of the Year. That was Bolt’s seventh time taking the award.

Again, last Tuesday, he was crowned the 2016 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, the fourth time he was copping the award.


MAGNIFICENT FEELING
 

Despite this, the Trelawny native said he was very pleased and honoured to be named Gleaner Man of the Year.

Bolt, who successfully defended his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at Rio in Brazil last year, cementing his status as the world’s greatest sprinter, was overwhelmed by the local honour.


IN PHOTO: Usain St Leo Bolt (right), with his parents Wellesley and Jennifer, who were awarded by the Gleaner Honour Awards selection committee for 'Exemplary Parental Support for a Jamaican Icon'

“It’s always big being recognised in your country, especially The Gleaner, which has been around for years and has recognised so many great people throughout the years. So to be given this award is a magnificent feeling, and I am really happy and proud of myself that I have been able to live up to the high standards of The Gleaner,” Bolt disclosed.

The Gleaner Honour Awards selection committee also recognised Bolt’s parents, Jennifer and Wellesley, presenting them with an award for Exemplary Parental Support for a Jamaican Icon.

Christopher Barnes, managing director of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, noted the importance of the Honour Awards in creating balance in the society, as it highlighted some of the many positives in Jamaica, which he said are, these days, overshadowed by the growing crime problem.

“There is no doubt that there are many good people in our country. This is why we have been able to have an Honour Awards programme since 1979,” said Barnes.

“Each year the committee selects from outstanding, hard-working, dedicated and progressive individuals who, as themselves or through a collective organisational structure, are helping to leave a legacy of progress, goodwill and hope.”


OTHER WINNERS

Several individuals and organisations were also awarded for exemplary service in their respective fields. The category winners were:

- Business - ­ Richard Byles


- Entertainment ­-  Fun in the Son


- Education ­ National - Commercial Bank


- Voluntary Service ­- Food For The Poor


- Public Service -­ Dorothy Pine-McLarty


- Arts & Culture ­- Calabash International Festival


- Science and Technology -­ Jamaica Public Service Company Limited


- Health & Wellness -­ Running Events Limited.


Rita Humphries-Lewin was presented with a Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three persons were presented with special awards. They are:


- Elaine Thompson - ­ Sports



- Sean Paul -­ Entertainment. (Received by Terrence Harold (left)

- Marlon James -­Arts & Culture.