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A golden affair

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Keisha Shakespeare-Blackmore, Staff Reporter

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, slowed down to get a photo op with Brigitte Foster-Hylton at the Golden Cleats Awards.

As predicted by many, Usain Bolt walked away with the Male Athlete of the Year Award and, of the three nominated for female athlete of the year, Shelly-Ann Fraser toppped the list at the Inaugural Golden Cleats Awards held at Jamaica House on Friday, January 8.

Bolt also received two other awards from the International Association of Athletics Federation for breaking both the 100 and 200 metres '09 World Championship records.

The event, hosted by Scotiabank Group and the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, was golden in every respect, from food done by the national culinary team to the beautiful decor topped off with the fabulous guests in attendance.

Two organising groups joined forces in an effort to salute the athletes, both past and present, for their excellent performances.

The decor featured a black and gold theme, with tables dominated by floral centrepieces. The glass, globe-shaped lights created a warm and sophisticated feeling. Billed a night of elegance, women were fabulously attired in both gowns and chic cocktail dress, while the men chose either suits or tuxedos.

The event got off to a late start, but it was nonetheless fantastic. Before sitting down to dinner, patrons enjoyed cocktails with the athletes. There was a parade of past and present athletes in attendance seated at tables with guests. Those who got to sit with Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Usain Bolt were, naturally, ecstatic.

The event featured scrumptious cuisine, paired with a fine selection of wines.

Michael Samuel (second left) surrounded by beauties: former Olympics silver medalist Grace Jackson (left), Cathy Rattray (second right), and Monique Todd.

Michael Samuel and Cathy Rattray grab a drink before sitting down to dinner at the Golden Cleats Awards.

Wray and Nephew's Andrew Price (left) chats with the big man himself, Usain Bolt.

Scotiabank's president Bruce Bowen (left) and his lovely wife Suzann, are being entertained by Paul Hansworth from 1876 Wines.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller (left) congratulates Usain Bolt as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Olivia Grange looks on.

It was no surprise when Usain Bolt (centre), world's fastest man walked away with the Golden Cleat Award for Male Athlete of the Year. The award is presented by Howard Aris (right), while Bruce Bowen, Scotiabank head, looks on. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photogapher

Donna Stephens and son Sean hang out at the Golden Cleats Awards.

Shelly-Ann Fraser, the Female Athlete of the Year, is presented with her Golden Cleats Award by Scotiabank President Bruce Bowen at the ceremony at Jamaica House on Friday.

With a drink and good company, it is no surprise that (from left) Andrew Price and wife Nicole, Shelly-Ann Curran, Robert Stephens and son Sean are all having a grand time at the Golden Cleats Awards.