Never tired of winning awards, says Bolt
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
It has been another dominating year and post-season filled with awards and accolades for sprint king Usain Bolt, but as far as the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year is concerned, it is not something he ever gets tired of.
Bolt added Jamaica's most coveted sporting award to his 2012 stock, which already includes the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Golden Cleats Award, the AIPS Sportsman of the Year award, as well as the US Sports Academy Athlete of the Year award.
He has also been nominated for several other honours, most notably, the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award.
"Definitely not," responded Bolt when asked if he wasn't tired of winning so many awards, after Friday night's ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel where he won ahead of training partner Yohan Blake.
"It shows that the work that you put in throughout the season; when you win these awards, it makes you feel good because the works had not gone in vain. So, for me, it's always a pleasure winning all these awards."
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was awarded the Sportswoman of the Year title, while swimming standout Alia Atkinson finished as runner-up.
Asked what would be his choice award, Bolt paused for a second before offering: "Honestly, I can't really choose one, but Jamaican awards are definitely special. One of the awards that I really appreciated was the one from Argentina, because I actually beat out Messi, so that was cool," said the big Jamaican in reference to a 2009 poll for the best Caribbean and Latin American sportsman, which he won ahead of the popular Argentinian footballer.
Bolt, the only man to win successive sprint doubles at the Olympic Games, and 2012 IAAF Samsung Diamond League 100m winner, admitted that it was not always easy for him to stay motivated, but reserved special thanks to those close to him.
FOCUSED ON THE BIGGER PICTURE
"There are a lot of times that I feel down, but you have to think about the bigger picture; about what you want, keeping your country on the map. You want to keep yourself at a certain status, so I have a lot of things to motivate me and I do have my family, friends and coach around me really helping me to stay on track and to stay focused," said Bolt.
Atkinson also walked away with the People's Choice Performance of the Year award for her fourth-place finish at the Olympic Games in the 100m breaststroke.
Paralympic Games gold medallist Alphanso Cunningham was given the Chairman's Award.
The Sagicor Iconic Award was presented to Racers Track Club president and head coach Glen Mills, who added to his IAAF Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received last November.
Awards were also given to the top sportsmen and sportswomen in various disciplines, and also to successful teams.
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding was the special guest, along with Olympic 400m hurdles champion Felix Sanchez.