Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top National Sports Awards
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaica’s athletes took centre stage at the 2013 RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston today.
Guest speaker and Former Prime Minister Percival James Patterson would not call it, but it was really the worst kept secret of the year as World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came out on top as the recipients of the foundation’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year after the pair’s all-conquering 2013 season on the track.
Like he did at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, 200m silver medallist Warren Weir finished behind Bolt, claiming the runner-up spot in the Sportsman of the Year ballot, with swimming standout Alia Atkinson named the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year.
This was Fraser-Pryce’s second win after last year’s triumph.
This was Bolt’s third straight win and his fifth overall, making him the joint second most successful man at these awards along with fellow sprinting great Donald Quarrie with boxing legend Michael McCallum leading the way with eight wins.
Also at the function, International Federation of Netball Associations president, Molly Rhone, a former national player and president of the Jamaica Netball Association, was presented with the Sagicor Iconic Award for her contribution to the development of the sport in Jamaica and across the globe.
Legendary jockey Winston Griffiths was named the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, a selection made by Gary Allen, chairman of the RJR Sports Foundation.
The RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards have been recognising Jamaica’s finest athletes for 53 years with former Commonwealth and Jamaica lightweight boxing champion, George ‘Bunny’ Grant, and table tennis prodigy, Joy foster, receiving the first Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards in 1961.
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