Top two: Darren Cowie, left, and Blair Wynne display their awards after being named the Trinidad and Tobago Hocket Board's (TTHB) nominees for the First Citizens Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, at the TTHB's ceremony at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Cowie, Wynne get hockey nominations

By Mark Pouchet

Darren Cowie and Blair Wynne have been selected as the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board's (TTHB) male and female nominees for the Sports Person of the year Awards 2012. This was announced at the TTHB's awards function at the VIP lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday.

The QPCC stickman Cowie was part of the men's national team that qualified for the second leg of the FIH World League competition to be contested in Brazil next month.

Wynne, a player with Notre Dame, spearheaded the national squad to the third and final qualifying spot on the women's side in that same competition that was hosted at the National Hockey Centre last November. Wynne also captured the award for most goals (17) in the National Indoor Competition where she led the Dames to the Championship Division title.

Wynne and Cowie emerged from the Top Five Players of the Year on the women's and men's side in a list that also included Alana Lewis, Patricia Wright-Alexis, Dana De Gannes, Petal Derry, Solomon Eccles, Akim Toussaint, Mickell Pierre and Aidan De Gannes

Shandy Carib Magnolias captured three awards, namely the Under-19 Girls and the National Indoor titles for the Under-21 girls and Women's divisions. One of their players, Brianna Govia was also named Youth Female Player of the Year.

Youth Male Player of the Year was Michael O' Connor, while national senior team goalkeepers Andrey Rocke and Petal Derry were chosen as the Male and Female Goalkeepers of the Year respectively.

Petrotrin were selected as the Male Team of the Year, while Notre Dame gained the Female team of the Year award. In a short address, former Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (T&TOC) president and current TTHB president Douglas Camacho stated that the TTH's goal over the next four-year cycle was to break into the top 15 in the world in the men's and women's rankings. He also congratulated the national senior men's and women's team's on their successful advance to the second round of the FIH World league competition and asked the hockey community to continue to strive for better performances.

Seven persons were granted Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) Elite Coaching Course certificates, while nine persons were awarded tokens for their services as umpires and technical officials.

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