Athletics run things at National Sports Awards
Athletics took the bulk of the awards, when the National Lotteries Authority National Sports Awards for performances was staged last Saturday at the Auditorium of the SVG Community College’s Campus at Villa.
It was a double take for the sport in the junior categories, as Zita Vincent was the Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Handal Roban, the Junior Sportsman of the Year.
Both were stand-outs at their respective schools’ inter-house meets, as well as the inter- secondary schools athletics championships.
At the schools’ championships, Roban, of the St Vincent Grammar School, broke the intermediate 400m, 800m and 1500m records.
He went on to take gold in the Under-17 800m at the junior Carifta Games in the Bahamas.
And, at Team Athletics SVG’s National Open Championships, Roban was triple gold medallist, winning the Male Under-17, 400, 800 and 1500m, and did the same at the Whitsuntide Games in Grenada.
Likewise, Vincent of the Barrouallie Secondary, won the females under-20 800m and 1,500m golds at the inter–schools’ event and repeated the same at the Windward Islands Schools’ Games in St Lucia.
Vincent was part of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Females Under-20 4x400m quartet, that won the gold medal at the Junior Carifta Games in the Bahamas in April.
Also, female long distance runner Linda Mc Dowall made it three in a row, as the Senior Sportswoman of the Year.
Mc Dowall won again the Caricom 10, as well as the NACAC Chatoyer Endurance 10k.
Additionally, track and field coach Michael Ollivierre was named the Coach of the Year, for the second successive occasion.