NAAA laud Crawford, Walcott for Commonwealth awards
The National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) have commended Olympic gold medallists Hasely Crawford and Keshorn Walcott for being recognised by the Commonwealth Foundation recently.
Crawford, who won Olympic gold in the 100 metres event at the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Walcott, a Trinidad and Tobago hero at the 2012 London Games where he won the javelin throw, was named Outstanding Young Achiever.
By release yesterday, the NAAA sent their congratulations to the duo.
"Mr Crawford was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and has maintained a passion for the sport and continues to play an integral role in its development in Trinidad and Tobago and across the region," the release read.
Walcott shocked the world at the Olympic Games in August when he hurled the javelin 84.58 metres on his second try to become the youngest athlete ever to win the event at an Olympics at age 19. Walcott's coach, Ismael Mastrapa, also earned kudos for his work with the youngster.
"Mr Walcott was awarded as an Outstanding Young Achiever for his performances over the past few years, and for his record breaking performances during the 2012 season where he captured various titles, culminating with the Olympic Gold Medal.
"Congratulations are also extended to Ismael Mastrapa on being named NACAC coach of the year. Mr Lopez Mastrapa has worked untiringly with the athletes in the national throws programme and has realised great results," the letter stated.
"The NAAA is extremely proud of the achievements by Mr Crawford, Mr Walcott and Mr Lopez Mastrapa while we continue to push the sport forward to attain greater successes," the release concluded.