Director of Sport, Christopher Jones stated that “it is a dawn of a new era”, noting that no longer will the achievements of sportsmen and women go unnoticed.
His comments were made during last night’s annual award ceremony hosted by National Sports Commission (NSC) at the National Cultural Centre.
Said Jones:”Tonight the winners must be treated with due respect. The time has come for our sports personalities to be treated fairly and be respected.”
The Director of Sports also added that “2016 must not be concluded without the Sports Policy.”
Minister within the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture and Sport, Nicolette Henry mentioned that the winners, represent the crown of Guyana’s jewel, adding that they are a “Beacon of hope to the majority of young Guyanese.” Henry then reiterated the government’s commitment to sport and recreation among all of Guyana’s people. Meanwhile, Kristian Jeffrey and Alisha Fortune were among the top awardees when the National Sports Commission (NSC) hosted its annual award ceremony last night at the National Cultural Centre.
Fortune copped the Sportswoman-of-the-Year (2015) award after racing to gold in the women’s (40-45 years) 100, 200 and 400m at the World Master’s Championships which was held in France.
Jeffrey, who won Sportsman-of-the-Year award was the Champion Driver of last year’s Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC).
Last night, a moment of silence for Guyana’s first world boxing champion, Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis who met an untimely demise a year to yesterday’s date was observed.
Acting President Moses Nagamootoo who was down to deliver the feature address was unable to attend the ceremony because of other commitments which included parliament.
The winners of the other 14 categories of the year for 2015 are as follows:
Junior Sportswoman of the Year- Chelsea Edghill (table tennis).
Junior Sportsman of the Year- Narayan Ramdhani (Badminton)
Female Sports Personality of the Year- Luanna Fernandes (Proprietor of Woodpecker
Male Sports Personality of the Year- Godfrey Munroe (President of the GTTA).
Female athlete of the Year with a disability- Deandre David (bronze medal winner at the 2015 Special Olympics).
Male athlete of the Year with a disability- Calvin Thomas (gold and silver medalist at the 2015 Special Olympics).
Sports Journalist Non-Print- Avenash Ramzan (TVG 28).
Sports Journalist Print- Franklin Wilson (Kaieteur News).
Most Improved Sports Association/Federation- Guyana Sports Shooting Federation.
Sports Association/Federation- Guyana Cricket Board.
Female Sports Official of the Year- Shelly Daly Ramdayan (tennis).
Male Sports Official of the Year- Anand Senasie (cricket).
Male Sports Coach of the Year- Linden Johnson (table tennis).
Sports Team of the Year- Guyana Squash Team. (Emmerson Campbell)