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Four-way race for Courtney Walsh Award

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 10:00 AM
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André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

One of Tsetsi Davis, Romelda Aiken, Novlene Williams-Mills and Michael Frater will this evening be identified as the 10th recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence, at a ceremony set for The Jamaica Pegasus at 7 p.m.

Awarded every year since its inception in 2005, the accolade is used to celebrate exemplary qualities in a Jamaican sporting representative between the age of 18 and 40 years.

Williams-Mills is considered to be one of the island's leading 400-metre athletes, with more than a decade of success at the international level. A cancer survivor, the 32-year-old won individual bronze medals at the 2007 World Championships and is also a three-time Olympic 4x400m relay bronze medallist (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012).

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

Known as 'Lights out' by his fans, Davis has grown in status and is now regarded as one of Jamaica's leading boxers.

Davis won gold at the Caribbean Games in 2000 and followed that up with a silver medal a year later. He added to his tally in 2002, when he defeated Puerto Rico's José Morales to win a bronze medal for Jamaica 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.

Sunshine Girl Aiken has for years been Jamaica's leading netballer and played a major role in the team's recent bronze medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A towering, six-foot-five inch goal shooter, the Jamaican ranks among the best on the planet. She also helped the national team to a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships and bronze at the Fast5 World Series in 2013, where she was co-captain.

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She has been a long-serving flag-bearer of Jamaica's netball as a standout player of the ANZ's Queensland Firebirds.

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.

The sprinter helped Jamaica win 4x100m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 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's split of 8.9 seconds on his customary second leg was only surpassed that night by the phenomenal Usain Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, who clocked 8.8 seconds on the anchor leg.

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

The recipients would have displayed exceptional qualities, both in their academic performance, while demonstrating team commitment and good tenets of fair play during sporting competition.