Being the only Jamaica-based journalist among four reporters - the other three from Britain - nominated for the Nubian Times Media Journalist of the Year award, The Gleaner's André Lowe did not expect to emerge on top.
Lowe, who was announced the winner in the category last Saturday during an awards function at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate in the United Kingdom (UK), said he was humbled by the recognition.
"I am surprised at the results, being a Jamaica-based journalist and seeing that people took the time to vote for me is really an honour," said Lowe, the reigning Press Association of Jamaica Sports Journalist of the Year. "I am encouraged, and it means there is a lot more to do. My aim is to work harder because the expectations are great."
The Nubian Times is a Manchester, England-based media organisation and is the largest black and minority ethnic multimedia publication in the northwest and the fastest-growing media organisation in the UK.
Lowe pointed out that the challenges were many; however, his passion for the craft has been his motivation.
"There are always situations that will test your character and test your will, but there was one thing that was never difficult for me, and it was to keep a smile, because my approach to life is always to rise above the difficulties," he said.
"Media is the only thing I have ever wanted to do and I am happy to have got the opportunity to practise my passion at one of the greatest media establishments in the entire world," he declared.
In the meantime, the journalist, who was once again chosen by the IAAF to join in the selection of the top male and female athletes for 2013, will be heading to Monte Carlo next month for the IAAF awards and gala.
GRATEFUL TO COLLEAGUES
Lowe gave credit to his editors and colleagues, who he said have contributed greatly to his development.
"I am extremely grateful to the Gleaner team for providing the platform, the daily challenges and inspirations: the editorial team, especially my colleagues on the sports desk, who have, in one way or the other, aided in my development," he said.
He encouraged upcoming to journalists to never lose focus.
"My advice is the same advice I got: If you are entering the field for glamour and to be known, it is probably not for you," he said.
"It's a very challenging craft, which requires a lot of commitment and broad shoulders. However, once it is something you want to do and are passionate about, I say go for it."