Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Walcott takes major spoils at NAAA Awards


BIG WINNERS: The National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) Junior Male and Female Athletes of the Year Keshorn Walcott, left, and Kernesha Spann, show off their respective trophies at the NAAA awards ceremony at Capital Plaza, Port of Spain, yesterday. Walcott was also named the NAAA Senior Male Athlete of the Year during the awards ceremony. See Page 54. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott created no surprises last evening when he took home the lion's share of the accolades at the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) Annual Awards ceremony at Capital Plaza in Port of Spain.

Walcott, who shocked the world to win javelin gold at London 2012, reeled in another big haul following similar performances at the Ministry of Sport/Sport Company of T&T (SPORTT) Spirit of Sport Awards, and the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) annual awards function at the end of 2012.

This time his arms were full again as he copped five awards, including Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Junior Male Athlete of the Year, Senior Male Field Athlete of the Year, Under-20 Field Athlete of the Year and also was named one of the Outstanding Performers of the Year.

Walcott's fellow Olympian Kelly-Ann Baptiste was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year and Senior Female Track Athlete of the Year. Other awardees included Tonya Nero, the top Female Cross Country and top Female Road Runner of the Year awards, while Lalonde Gordon was honoured as the Senior Male Track Athlete of the Year.

Cougars Athletic Club did enough to be named Champion Club of the Year, while Memphis Pioneers ran away both the Junior and Senior Champions Club awards.

Cleopatra Borel's exploits on the international stage, including a performance that saw her finish just outside the Olympic shot put final, threw her way to the Senior Female Field Athlete of the Year award.

Full report in tomorrow's Express.