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Bolt, Fraser-Pryce favoured for Golden Cleats Awards

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Olympic standouts Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are strong favourites for male and female honours at today's Scotiabank-sponsored Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Golden Cleats Awards at Terra Nova Hotel.

Bolt, who raced to gold medals in the 100m and 200m, before helping Jamaica to a world record run in the 4x100m, is the overwhelming favourite for the male Athlete of the Year award.

The 26-year-old also won the IAAF Diamond League 100m title, before walking away with top honours at the IAAF awards in Barcelona last November.

Fraser-Pryce was also successful this season, defending her Olympic 100m title and placing second in the 200m, as well as winning the 100m title in the IAAF Diamond League bonanza.

This marks the fourth straight year that Scotiabank is partnering with the JAAA on the awards, which will also see the island's best coach being honoured.

The banking institution has been instrumental in the acquisition of technical equipment towards youth development.

The ceremony will also feature - for the second time - the Howard Aris Scholarship Award, which was presented to Traves Smikle last year.

Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown were the recipients of last year's male and female Athlete of the Year awards.