Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
From the exploits of Jamaica's galaxy of stars at the London Olympics to the achievements of World Boxing Association Featherweight champion Nicholas 'Axeman' Walters, 2012 has been another excellent year for the island's sportsmen and sportswomen.
Usain Bolt, who became the first man to successfully defend 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games, certified his legendary status, while the 'Axeman' penned his name in the history books, becoming the first Jamaican to win a title fight on home soil when he scored a seventh-round technical knockout over Colombia's Daulis Prescott.
In-between all of this, Jamaica's Reggae Boyz scored an historic win over the US in a FIFA World Cup qualifier, helping to book a spot in the final round of qualifying for the 2014 showpiece.
This, like several other top-billed sporting events, will unfold over the next 12 months. Take a look at what is in store, as we get ready to enjoy another year of sporting excellence.
Caribbean T20 Championships (January 5-19)
Jamaica aren't exactly regional Twenty20 kings but it's almost a guarantee that one of the Caribbean's most successful cricketing teams will be mentioned until the very end. This tournament, known for its colourful, vibrant brand of cricket, will attract local and international interest. Set to get under way in January, this competition is certainly one to look out for in 2013 and should set the year off on the right foot for sport enthusiasts.
FIFA World Cup campaign (February-November)
Flashes of 1998 and the country's historic FIFA World Cup appearance will form the prelude to Jamaica's final round of qualification, which gets under way on February 6 at the fabled Azteca in Mexico City. The Reggae Boyz and their push for Rio 2014 will be the talking point for much of 2013 as Theodore Whitmore looks to continue his affair with the tournament. His return as a coach would be the icing on a career that saw him score two goals against Japan in 1998.
Gibson Relays (February 23)
One of the best supported and anticipated athletics events on the calendar, the Gibson Relays may feature some big names again next year after Yohan Blake's impressive showing at the 2012 edition. The Gibson Relays is traditionally the first big event on the track and field calendar and will continue to capture our interest in 2013.
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships (March 12-16)
The biggest event of its kind anywhere on the planet will once again dominate headlines in 2013. Calabar High and Edwin Allen High will renew their rivalries with the usual contenders such as Kingston College, Jamaica College and Holmwood Technical, or perhaps the challenge will come from elsewhere. Unlikely, but regardless, 'Champs' is one of a few events that genuinely fill the 27,000 capacity National Stadium, and with some of the most talented juniors on show, expect another full house as usual.
Carifta Swimming Championships (March 30-April 3)
Olympic fourth-place finisher and two-time World Short Course Championships silver medallist Alia Atkinson is expected to feature in one way or another (outside the pool) as Jamaica welcomes the region's best at the 2013 Carifta Swimming Championships, which will be staged at the National Stadium Swimming Pool late March into early April.
Nicholas 'Axeman' Walters' WBA Featherweight title defence (Before April 2013)
After his amazing seventh-round technical knockout of Colombian Daulis Prescott at the 'Rumble on Jamrock' bout for the WBA Featherweight title, Jamaican Nicholas 'Axeman' Walters must defend his title by April of 2013 if he intends to hang on to the belt. There is already talk of this title defence taking place in Jamaica. Hang on, Jamaica could be set for another top-class boxing spectacle in a few months.
ICC Champions Trophy (June 6-June 23)
Cricket is king again! Following the West Indies triumph at the ICC T20 World Cup earlier this year, the sport is once again on the tip of everyone's tongue. By the way, back in 2004 when the West Indies last won the ICC Champions Trophy, it was held in England, the same country that will welcome the world in early June.
JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships (June 27-30)
It's a World Champs year, as the Russian city of Moscow gets ready to welcome the globe's biggest track and field stars, including Jamaica's finest. Before they book their tickets to Moscow, however, the Jamaicans will cross swords on home soil in a meet that attracts athletics coverage second only to the Olympics and the World Championships themselves.
International triangular Twenty20 tournament (June 28-July 11)
After the Champions Trophy, the West Indies will return to the region to welcome two of the most exciting Twenty20 teams to the Caribbean in a mouth-watering T20 triple treat.
World Championships in Athletics (August 10-18)
The World Championships has confirmed Usain Bolt's amazing abilities and it also christened Yohan Blake's challenge last year. Many of the island's best athletes have left their mark on the event and the 2013 edition will serve up several appetising contests; Bolt vs Blake, Fraser-Pryce vs Campbell-Brown vs Jeter - the main course to an antipasto that also features other Jamaican and international track and field superstars.
Also on the agenda for next year are the Davis Cup tennis qualifiers, which will be held in June, and the Fast5 Netball Series in November.