The competition will be stiff for tonight's 2012 First Citizens Sports Foundation Youth Awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, from 6 o'clock, with athletes providing a number of outstanding performances in the last year.
Athletics, as usual, is well represented. Machel Cedenio helped T&T complete 4x400 metre relay bronze at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, along with a fifth place finish in the individual 400m event at the same meet.
And Chelsea James showed T&T's continued progress in the field, claiming CAC Juniors Under-18 bronze, and Junior Carifta gold with her personal best 14.02m.
Cycling also boasts an impressive duo, with Justin Roberts—one third of T&T's Pan American junior champion sprint team—and Jodi Goodridge, who grabbed 500m time trial bronze after she and cousin Aziza Browne took ladies team sprint gold at the same event.
Goodridge has also started 2013 well with automatic qualification for the Flying 200m event in a new national record 13.439 seconds.
Swimming and table tennis also boast contenders. Dylan Carter and Kimberlee John-Williams were both strong performers in the pool, with Carter smashing a number of national and competition records, including a 24.53 clocking in the boys 15-17m butterfly at regional championships.
John-Williams was also in record-breaking form, none better than CISC 100m backstroke gold in 1:05.04.
With consistent form against his more seasoned opponents, Arun Roopnarine earned a spot on the national senior men's table tennis team that won Caribbean Championships gold with a 3-0 sweep in the final. Brittany Joseph, at age 14, also made the T&T senior women's team at the regional tournament, and secured the national women's singles title.
Among the other strong contenders are T&T Under-19 batsman Jeremy Solozano, who topped the batting at the West Indies Under-19 Championship; T&T's champion apprentice jockey Dillon Khelawan; and young chess stars Joshua Johnson and Javanna Smith.
Also on the list are Paralympics competitor and Spirit of Sport awardee Shanntol Ince after an impressive year in the swimming pool, and golfer Matthew Marquez, who represented the T&T senior team.
Junior men: Machel Cedenio (athletics), Matthaus Wilford (badminton), Sherlon Pierre (canoe/kayak), Joshua Johnson (chess), Jeremy Solozano (cricket), Justin Roberts (cycling), Brendon Creed (football), Matthew Marquez (golf), Michael O'Connor (hockey), Dillon Khelawan (horse racing), Jyri Spicer (karate), Sanjay Teelucksingh (powerlifting), Ross Navarro (rugby), Dylan Carter (swimming), Arun Roopnarine (table tennis), Jelani Davidson (tennis), James Amow (triathlon)
Junior women: Chelsea James (athletics), Kristi Reno Singh (badminton), Kerchelle Hinkson (canoe/kayak), Javanna Smith (chess), Jodi Goodridge (cycling), Victoria Swift (football), Marisa Dick (gymnastics), Brianna Mari Govia (hockey), Kate Gordon (karate), Shanntol Ince (paralympic), Kelly Ann Arrindell (sailing), Charlotte Marie Knaggs (squash), Kimberlee John-Williams (swimming), Brittany Joseph (table tennis), Breana Stampfli (tennis), Renee Chin Lee (triathlon).