Dominic “Bolt” Alfred and Kaydeen Jack were crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of Year at the 2012 Port-of-Spain and Environs Education District Annual Sports Awards Ceremony at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo yesterday. Twelve-year-old Jack, who began playing football at the age of five, has performed by leading her school’s football team St Agnes to their third football title and their first national football title. The Tunapuna Titans forward was recognised as the district footballer of the year and was the top goalscorer in the league. Jack has also represented her school in the area of cricket and guided her team to becoming the champion team of Port-of Spain and Environs.
The St James resident also represented the Port-of-Spain district in track and field, finishing sixth in the Girls’ 400m final but claimed gold at the Beacon Central Games and Port-of-Spain Rotary Games. Jack, who recently sat the SEA examination, said she would like to attend St Francois Girls’ College where she can continue her football. “I feel good about winning trophies and I’m happy I play football three times a week and I work hard towards it.” Ten-year-old Alfred, also a St Agnes student, gained his name after defeating Ariel Kerr in the Boys’ 200m event and claimed gold in the 200m and 400m events at the National Games. He now stands as the leading Under 11 boy in T&T. The Tobago-born Standard Two student continued his success in the recent Juvenile Championships, winning both the 200m and 400m. Alfred has earned his place to represent T&T at the CUT games in Jamaica in July.
Chairman of the Port-of-Spain and Environs Sports Council Kelvin Nancoo commended the efforts made by teachers, principals and school supervisors for the successes over the last year.
“I intend to have standards which are very high and it will not drop. In dropping standards everything changes. At the national games, we performed with distinction. Recently I had time to look at our relays and baton passing. I must say our Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 relays were exceptional. Our baton passing was superb in terms of development.” He continued, “I remember one of my teachers telling me ‘nobody pelts a stone behind a barren tree. Is only when you're doing well people jump at you’ and we have been doing miraculously well.” Port-of-Spain and Environs has won the National Championships 36 times in its 50-year history and 20 times in the last 22 years.
Most Improved Coach: Nathaniel Thomas
New IAAF Track and Field Instructor: Abeyola Akowe
Coach of the Year Female: Abeyola Akowe
Coach of the Year Male: David Thomas
U9 Victrix Ludorum: Karessa Kirton (Newtown Girls RC)
U9 Victor Ludorum: Jayvon Westfield (Sacred Heart Boys)
U11 Victrix Ludorum: Rae Ann Serville (St Monica's. RC)
U11 Victor Ludorum: Ariel Kerr (Lower Morvant Government)
U13 Victrix Ludorum: Thema Moses (Ascension AC)
U13 Victor Ludorum: Akil Boisson (Bishop's Anstey Private)
U15 Victrix Ludorum: Kershel McIntyre (St Crispin's AC)
U15 Victor Ludorum: Rushawn Murphy (Mucurapo Boys RC)