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Four nominated for Walsh Award

Published:Friday | October 3, 2014 | 10:00 AM
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The Selection Committee of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence have listed local sporting standouts Tsetsi Davis, Romelda Aiken, Novlene Williams-Mills and Michael Frater as this year's nominees.

The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence is awarded annually to recognise exemplary qualities in a Jamaican national between 18 to 40 years of age who has represented the country at the senior level in the field of sports.

The ceremony is set for October 16 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Davis, a boxer who goes by the moniker 'Lights Out' has shot to popularity given his performances in the ring, particularly in television's Contender boxing series.

The powerful boxer won gold at the Caribbean Games in 2000, followed by a silver medal at the next edition. His medal count continued into 2002, when he defeated Puerto Rico's Jose Morales to win for Jamaica the bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games. The following year, Davis took his craft to an even higher level winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games in England.

He has also made it to the Olympic box off in Brazil and represented his country on several occasions throughout the region.

Aiken has for years been Jamaica's leading netballer and played a key role in the Sunshine Girls' recent bronze medal win at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The six-foot-five-inch Aiken has made her name as one of the best shooters in the world and also has among her achievements a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships and bronze at the Fast5 World Series in 2013, where she was co-captain.

Loyal servants

Frater has built his reputation as one of the island's most loyal servants in track and field, winning individual glory and forming a major part of Jamaica's all-conquering sprint relay teams.

He helped Jamaica win 4x100m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melboune in 2002, and again in 2006 in Manchester. He has won two Olympic and two World Championships gold medals, all coming at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, and the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in Berlin and Daegu, respectively.

As part of the Jamaican 4x100m team that set the World and Olympic Records at the London Olympics, Frater split 8.9 seconds on his customary second leg surpassed that night by Usain Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder who clocked 8.8 seconds on the anchor leg.

His achievements have not gone unnoticed and among his many accolades and awards are the Government of Jamaica National Award, Order of Distinction (Officer Rank), in recognition of his accomplishment at the 2008 Olympics; he was inducted into the Boyd Anderson Ring of Honour and was nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year award, as well as a member of the 2008 Jamaica Olympic sprint team.

Williams-Mills has kept Jamaica's name at the forefront of international competition with a slew of outstanding performances over a decade in the 400m. She won the individual bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships and is also a three-time Olympic 4x400m relay bronze medallist (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.)

At the 2005 World Championships, Novlene also won a 4x400m silver medal and this year won her second individual medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, a silver medal to add to the bronze attained in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006.

Awards will also be presented to two outstanding students (male and female) at the Secondary Education level.