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Carter, De Gannes take Junior SOSA awards
Swimmer Dylan Carter and table tennis player Jasher De Gannes copped the Junior Male and Female Athlete awards respectively, at the Spirit of Sport Awards (SOSA) Nomination Ceremony at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, yesterday.
Eight awards were presented yesterday, while nominees in 16 other categories was announced for the SOSA Awards, scheduled for December 28, hosted by the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of T&T (Sportt).
Carter, who won silver at the Dubai FINA Junior World Swimming Championships in the 50m butterfly event in August, did not expect to win an award, but paid tribute to God and his parents for their support.
De Gannes also won precious silverware at an international event, winning bronze in the girls Under-13 singles category at the Latin America U-13 and U-11 Table Tennis Championships in Guatemala.
In an interview with the media after the ceremony, Carter said the summer was tough but it was worth it. “It was a really, really hard summer for me, I was training twice a day, everyday, when a lot of people my age are out enjoying their summer, out liming, and it was a real sacrifice for me and it paid off in the end.”
The talented swimmer is already looking forward to the new year, saying the first goal is competing at the collegiate championships and later in the year, participating at the commonwealth games and youth olympics. Carter thanked all the fans for their support during 2013 and wishes for continued support from T&T.
National cyclist Njisane Phillip, won a token of appreciation for his silver medal in the men’s sprint event at the UCI Cycling World Cup in England last month.
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, stated that the efforts of people must be recognised. He said: “Every year we try to recognise more and more of the people that contribute to all our great ones (athletes).” Minister Roberts said the Ministry and Sportt have included more categories, such as awarding parents for their support of children.
The programme provides facilities and support for children hoping to be the next Dylan Carter, Jasher De Gannes, Jehue Gordon or Merissa Aguilleira.
The nominees for the male athlete of the year, which will be announced on December 28 are George Bovell (swimming), Dylan Carter (swimming), Jehue Gordon (athletics), Sunil Narine (cricket) and Njisane Phillip (cycling). The female athlete of the year also has a star-studded line up, including Kirbyina Alexander (cricket), Cleopatra Borel (athletics), Marisa Dick (gymnastics), Aleena Edwards (table tennis) and Shanntol Ince (swimming).
JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE
Jasher De Gannes—Table Tennis .
JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE
Dylan Carter—Swimming .
St Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain
Lucia Nero-Giles, St Joseph Secondary
San Fernando Sports Academy
Magic Community Boxing Gym (Carenage)
SPORT FOR A SOCIAL CAUSE
JBF Kiddi K Walk against Paediatric Cancer
NOMINEES—Awards will be announced on December 28
Kirth Davis, Hockey
Anthony Ramjit, Cricket
Dexter Voisin, Athletics
TECHNICAL TEAM MEMBER
Stacy Ann King
Senior Men, Cricket
Senior Men, Hockey
Senior Men, Rugby Sevens
Dr. Ian Hypolite
ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY (PHYSICAL)
Ronald Carlos Greene
Wimana Akeem Stewart
COMMUNITY SPORT PROGRAMME
Deaf Sports Organisation of T&T
KFC/Comets Youth Development Programme
San Fernando Future Football Stars
Mr & Mrs Ince
Mr & Mrs Kallicharan
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