PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
World and Olympic 400m champion, Grenada's Kirani James, and Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott, the Olympic javelin champion, shared the spotlight at the 30th Commonwealth sports awards at the weekend.
James received the nod for outstanding male athlete ahead of 100m world champion, Jamaican Yohan Blake, and 5,000-metre champion Mohammed Farah of England.
James was absent for the awards, as he is preparing for examinations at Alabama University in the United States.
Aaron Moses, first vice-president of the Grenada Athletic Association, represented the young athlete.
James, nicknamed the jaguar, won Grenada's first Olympic medal and the first for the OECS sub-grouping after his unprecedented exploits in London last August.
Last year, he won Grenada's first senior World Outdoor title in taking the one-lap event at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
T&T's Olympic gold medallist, Walcott, won the 'Outstanding Youth Achiever Award' for his performances during the period of July 2011 to June 2012.
The 19-year-old stunned the world by winning the gold medal in the javelin event at the London Olympics in August.
Walcott beat out Singapore swimmer Joseph Isaac Schooling and English diver Tom Daley.
Other winners on the night were Paralympic athletes Eleanor Simmonds of England, Jamaican Alphanso Cummingham and former Commonwealth Games Federation head, Mike Fennell, of Jamaica.
Simmons was named the Outstanding Female Athlete with a Disability, while Cunningham took the men's equivalent.
Fennell secured the Sports Administrator of the Year honour, ahead of Jon Doig of Scotland and Dominican Thomas Dorsett.
Hasely Crawford, Trinidad and Tobago's first Olympic champion, was among four recipients of Lifetime Achievements Awards.
Dr Iva Gloudon and Jamaican sprint legends, Merlene Ottey and Don Quarrie, were the other awardees.
Quarrie struck gold in the men's 200m finals at the 1976 Olympics and took silver behind Crawford in the 100m event.
Crawford's Olympic career spanned 1972 to 1984 and he is one of four 100m sprinters to have competed in four Olympics.
Gloudon was an accomplished national hockey player and represented the country for more than 10 years and was the T&T Hockey Player of the Year in 1979.
The awards, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, were held in T&T for the first time as part of the country's 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.