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Tough job ahead for Walsh Award panel

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Saleem Lazarus (left), a member of the board of directors at the Chase Fund; Wavell Hinds (centre), recipient of the 2013 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence; and Dr Walton Small, a member of the selection committee, at Thursday's launch of nominations for this year's awards. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Dr Walton Small, a member of the selection panel, is predicting that it will be very difficult to identify a winner for this year's Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence as he expects a number of quality nominees for this year's award.

Small made his comments at Thursday night's launch of nominations at Cuddyz's Restaurant and Sports Bar in New Kingston.

The annual Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence was instituted to formally recognise the achievements of outstanding sportsmen and was the brainchild of former prime minster, P.J. Patterson.

The award is open to all areas of sport. Nominees must be between 18 and 40 and have represented Jamaica at the senior level.

The sport must also be recognised by the Institute of Sport and the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA). Nominations are set to close on September 19, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will be held at The Pegasus hotel in Kingston on October 16.

"Every year, it is very difficult to come up with the winners for the award because you have to weight the performances in the various disciplines, and sometimes it is really difficult," Small said.

Minster with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley, who declared the

nominations open said: "This award is about far more than performances. It is recognition of sustained excellence on and off the field of play. In fact, this award celebrates our role models - male and female."