Campbell-Brown, Taylor, Carter shortlisted for award
Olympians Veronica Campbell-Brown and Nesta Carter, along with cricketer Stafanie Taylor, have been shortlisted for the eighth annual Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence.
The recipient of the award will be announced on the night of the award ceremony scheduled for October 18.
The award, which was formulated by former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson in honour of Ambassador Courtney Walsh, recognises the outstanding achievement of an individual in a sport recognised by the Jamaica Institute of Sports, and the Jamaica Olympic Association.
The person must have represented the country, carried out notable community service and have a high level of integrity, national pride, dedication, decorum, humility and discipline, both on and off the field.
The eventual winner will receive J$500,000 and a crystal trophy.
Veronica Campbell-Brown, a seven-time Olympic medallist, is considered one of the greatest female sprinters of all time. In 2010, she won her first of seven Olympic Games medals courtesy of a relay silver medal at the Sydney Games, becoming the youngest-ever Jamaican female to win an Olympic medal. In 2009, she became the first female track athlete to be named UNESCO Champion for Sport.
Stafanie Taylor made her debut at age 17 and scored 90 off 49 balls in West Indies' 75-run win over Ireland in her first Twenty/20 game. She was a part of the West Indies' women's team which finished fifth in the 2009 World Cup in Australia. Earlier this year, she also helped the West Indies to the semi-finals of the ICC Women's Twenty/20 World Cup.
Former Manchester High School student Nesta Carter was a member of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team that won gold at the Penn Relays in 2007. He again mined gold as part of the 4x100m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. In 2008, he again led Jamaica's relay 4x100m team to gold in a world record time at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and repeated the feat at the 2012 London Olympics.
He gained his first individual world medal, silver, in the 60m at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Past winners of the award include cricketer James 'Jimmy' Adams in 2005, Olympic gold medallist Deon Hemmings-McCatty in 2006, former national netball captain Elaine Davis in 2007, cricketer Nehemiah Perry in 2008, 2009 IAAF World champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton (2009), 2004 Olympic gold medallist Aleen Bailey in 2010, and for last year, Olympian Dr Neil Gardner.