T&T Paralympic gold medalist Akeem Stewart received the Tobago Medal of Honour Gold during a ceremony at the Tourism Building in Scarborough, Tobago on Thursday.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis pinned the medal onto Stewart who was overseas on December 4, 2019, when the Tobago Day Awards was held. The para gold and silver medalist of Rio 2016 received the Tobago Medal of Honour Gold for Distinguished and Outstanding Service to Tobago in the sphere of Sport.
According to the THA, Chief Administrator Bernadette Solomon-Koroma also attended the brief ceremony at the Division of Tourism, Culture & Transportation.
Stewart said, "To me, it's a really proud moment because it actually shows that the hard work that I've been putting into training in 2019 has been working." Stewart copped the gold medal in the men's discus final at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru, breaking the world record in the process, says this award felt more special to him coming from his own island. This means a lot because I haven't been getting much support from Tobago. To get such a great award I feel really happy about it."
Stewart said it will serve as an inspiration as he moves towards the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next year set for August 24 through to September 5.