Spencer heads race for Golden Cleats Award
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
DIAMOND LEAGUE and Commonwealth Games 400 metres hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer, headlines the women's field for the 2014 Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Scotiabank Golden Cleats Awards.
The race for the men's award is tightly bunched, with practically all the nominees jostling on the forefront for the main prize to be handed out at the ceremony, which is set for Friday at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Five male and five female athletes will vie for the respective awards. In addition, five coaches were also nominated for Coach of the Year.
Not surprisingly, top male sprinter Usain Bolt was not named among the nominees, as he rarely competed last season.
Among the male nominees are Commonwealth Games gold medallists Kemar Bailey-Cole (100 metres), Rasheed Dwyer (200m), O'Dayne Richards (shot put), Andrew Riley (110m hurdles) and Hansle Parchment.
Dwyer led a historic men's 200m medal sweep, with Warren Weir claiming silver ahead of Jason Livermore.
Richards, in the meantime, established a national and Commonwealth Games record on the way to securing a historic win, the first Commonwealth shot put gold medal won by a Jamaican.
Spencer, who blitzed her rivals with a most
dominant piece of hurdling on the Diamond League circuit as she went
unbeaten throughout the year, goes up against multiple Diamond League
race winner and Commonwealth Games 400m champion Stephenie McPherson,
Commonwealth 400m silver medallist Novlene Williams-Mills, who also
shone on the Diamond League circuit and the affable sprinter, Shelly-Ann
Fraser-Pryce, a multiple Olympic and World Championship sprint gold
Like the men, the women were also involved
in a historic medal sweep, as McPherson led a Jamaica one-two-three in
the women's 400 metres. Williams-Mills won silver, while Christine Day
The coaches nominated include Stephen
Francis, Fitzalbert Coleman, Lynval Swaby, Maurice Wilson and Glen
"We decided to use a ranking system to
determine the winners. At the end, we hope to arrive at decisions that
will please the majority," Bernard Panton, chairman of the JAAA
selection committee, announced at ScotiaCentre
"We will work though the permutations and
announce the winners at Friday's function," Panton
Meanwhile, Scotiabank said its continuation in
partnering with the JAAA to stage this annual event underlines its
commitment to sports development.
"Sports is an
integral part of social life in Jamaica. Cricket and football have
always been a staple and our track and field athletes continue to do us
proud, locally and internationally. We at Scotiabank Group are committed
to the development of sports in Jamaica," Hugh Reid, president of
Scotia Insurance, informed.
"Each year, Scotiabank
hosts the event, provides scholarships of up to $250,000 to two
promising athletes at the tertiary level and presents the JAAA with
equipment to assist in hosting track meets. This year, we will hand over
an electronic display board for use during field events," he also
President of JAAA, Dr Warren Blake, said both
organisations have benefited from the
"This partnership has transformed our
lives. Both partners have benefited from this marriage," Blake
Panton apart, the other members of the selection
committee are: Hubert Lawrence, Anthony Foster, Earl Bailey, Donald
Quarrie, Deon Hemmings-McCatty and Juliet
CAPTION - Roger Grant (left), centre director, Scotia Private Client Group,
points to a document while (from left) Dr Warren Blake, president, JAAA;
Hugh Reid, president, Scotia Insurance; Bernard Panton, chairman, JAAA
selection committee; and Hugh Miller, chief operating officer, Scotia
Investments Jamaica Ltd, look on. Occasion was the announcement of the
nominees for the male and female athletes and coach of the year for the
Scotiabank/JAAA Golden Cleats Awards, which took place at ScotiaCentre,
downtown Kingston, yesterday. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer