T&T Olympians Cleopatra Borel and Keshorn Walcott were the toast of the town on Monday night, as they walked away with the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards respectively at the T&T Olympic Committee 17th Annual Awards at NAPA, Port-of-Spain.
Borel, 35, a national shot put athlete, had a memorable year. In July at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Borel had a top throw of 18.57 metres which earned her a silver medal behind Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand. Last month at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico, Borel defended her title comfortably with a top throw of 18.99m. Borel and swimmer George Bovell (men's 50m freestyle) were the only two athletes to win gold for T&T at the CAC Games.
Javelin competitor Walcott, who won this country's second ever Olympic gold medal in 2012, had a successful year after an injury-plagued 2013. Walcott, who did not attend the awards because he was training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, also got on the podium at the Commonwealth Games when he captured silver.Track and field dominated the junior awards as Machel Cedenio and Aaliyah Telesford snatched the sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards respectively. One of the highlights for Cedenio and Telesford was competing at the CAC Junior Track and Field Championships in Mexico. Telesford won gold in the girls Under-20 100m and was also part of the quartet that won the girls U-20 4x100m relay, while Cedenio grabbed gold in the boys U-20 400m event.
Bovell took home the sports personality of the year award, while football coach Bertille St Clair was handed the Alexander B. Chapman award for his contribution to sport and Olympism.
Sportswoman of the Year - Cleopatra Borel
Sportsman of the Year -
Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Aaliyah Telesford
Junior Sportsman of the Year - Machel Cedenio
Sports Personality of the Year - George Bovell
Alexander B Chapman Award - Bertille St Clair