While 50 of Trinidad and Tobago's sporting heroes were basking in the honour of being named T&T's greatest legends of the last five decades, one is contemplating retirement from a sport she deeply loves.
Stacey Siu Butt has been a whiz on the hockey field for school, club and country. She was named All-American while at Washington DC's American University (AU) in 1996, and was in 2008 inducted into AU's Hall of Fame.
Siu Butt has also led her local club, Shandy Carib Magnolias, to numerous indoor and outdoor titles in the T&T Hockey Board (TTHB) League.
For the national women's team, the name Siu Butt has also been synonymous with, not only tenacity, agility and attacking flair; for she has the defensive moves to go along with it. She has twice been named on the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) elite team, in 2009 and 2011.
But with a stellar career spanning close to three decades and the drive to always be the best, Siu Butt has also paid a price. She has had knee surgery six times, and continues to experience the effects of wear and tear. Siu Butt told the Express after the function.
"Medically, I have to take the advice of my doctor. I have to think about the future, if I can walk in the next ten years," Siu Butt told the Express after the function. "After having six knee surgeries it's really hard to keep up with the younger players, and the pace of the game."
Siu Butt said she was "humbled" and "honoured" to receive the award, and "extremely proud" to be named among T&T's greats. And she said the hard work, the injuries and the setbacks were all "worth it" to achieve all that she has.
"It's difficult to try and teach the young ones to (make that sacrifice) now, because they all think the same way I used to think. The liming and the partying, it's hard to give up that for sport, but I had to do it if I wanted to be successful.
"And I wanted to be successful. I wanted to win, I wanted to be the best in Trinidad, to represent the country and in the end we can all see how the hard work pays off. It's a lesson for the young ones; if you really want to...be successful you have to put in the hard work."
Siu Butt also singled out Kwandwane Browne, another hockey honouree, for being an "inspiration" to others.
"Even when I was on a senior tour he was the baby in the senior (men's) team. We would go to watch other games and he would stay back in the camp to dribble a ball and practice," she related. "For somebody that age to really show that kind of commitment to the sport, he is definitely an inspiration to the younger ones, to everyone in hockey, and I'd like to congratulate him as well."
The hockey ace credited her mother, Mary Siu Butt and family for their support in her career, and had a long list of people to thank: coaches, friends, teammates, technical staff and other supporters.
When asked what her future holds, Stacey replied: "Coaching and enjoying life". She is already coaching school kids, and "giving back all the knowledge and experience; all the stuff I've gained over the years".
One thing Siu Butt is sure of, though, is that her fairytale with the hockey field will come to an end, sooner rather than later.
"Either this year or next year," she confirms, "I'm going to call it quits."