The Gleaner's senior sports reporter André Lowe, who has again been asked by the world governing body for athletics to help select the male and female athletes of the year, says the request is an indication that track and field reporting in Jamaica is recognised at the highest level.
This is the second straight year Lowe is being asked by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to help select the winners of the prestigious awards.
Three Jamaicans, Olympians Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, have been nominated for the awards, which will be handed out in Barcelona, Spain, between November 22 and 24 as part of the IAAF centenary celebrations.
Humbled by IAAF'S faith
Lowe said he was humbled by the decision of the IAAF to place "so much faith" in himself and Jamaica.
"We have not only some of the best athletes on the track, but some of the best track-and-field journalists right across the board," he emphasised.
Lowe, who has to make his selections by the end of the month, said he had some idea where he was leaning, but acknowledged that "it will be a tough choice".
"If you look at what each athlete on that list of candidates has accomplished over the past 12 months, it tells you that the decision of who is eventually named among the final three or the actual athlete of the year will be a difficult one," he said.
Lowe, along with sports editor Elton Tucker, and reporters Ryon Jones, Raymond 'KC' Graham and photographer Ricardo Makyn, anchored The Gleaner's extensive track-and-field coverage leading up to the London Olympics, through its 'Daegu to London' initiative.
He described the initiative as unprecedented and successful and praised the entire sports, news and online team for executing it.
"This is credit to the amazing work The Gleaner has successfully undertaken over the years in the delivery of first class and internationally recognised athletics coverage," he concluded.