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Powell and Simpson head nominees for Jamaica Sportsman and Sportswoman award

23 January 2007
www.caribbeannetnews.com

By Gary Smith

World record holder, Asafa Powell and Commonwealth Games 200-metres champion, Sherone Simpson, head the list of competitors vying for the Jamaican 46th National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards for 2006.

Powell, who equalled the world record of 9.77 seconds on two separate occasions last year, as well as running undefeated throughout the term, is joined by Usain Bolt, Omar Brown, Maurice Smith and Maurice Wignall, the other track and field athletes in the running.

The ten-man list is completed by Sheffield United's English Premiership footballer Claude Davis, cricketers Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor, boxer Nicolas Walters and cyclist Oneil Samuels.

Simpson, who dominated the sprints in 2006 - finishing the year as the fastest female runner in both the 100m (10.82) and 200m (22.00) - will battle with Trecia Smith, the 2005 winner, Sherri Ann Brooks, Veronica Campbell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Kenia Sinclair, Novlene Williams and Javelin Trower and Olivia McKoy, who are the other track nominees on the list. Joining them are swimmer Alia Atkinson and cyclist Iona Wynter.

Meanwhile, despite earning a medal at a major meeting last year, missing from the 20 nominees for the award, the winner of which will be announced on February 1 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, are Delloreen Ennis-London, Christopher Williams and Kemel Thompson, who all captured bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, last March.

Commenting on the missing athletes, chairman of the foundation Michael Hall explained, "While they may have been medalists at some of the major games that took place last, you may not necessarily see them in the list of nominees for the sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

"While a bronze medal is indeed a significant achievement, it doesn't necessarily make it worthy of being nominated for that highest award," Hall continued.

"Nonetheless, anyone who medaled at a major meet or in any major competition last year will be recognised on the night of the award.

Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, chairman of CARICOM sub-committee on cricket, will be the guest speaker at the function.



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