Bar­rett, Tay­lor, Lam­bert named as Court­ney Walsh Award nom­i­nees

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

WEST INDIES fe­male cricket star Stafanie Tay­lor; for­mer Ja­maica cricket cap­tain, Ta­mar Lam­bert; and for­mer Ja­maican goal­keeper, War­ren Bar­rett are the three names short­listed for this year’s Court­ney Walsh Award for ex­cel­lence, which is set for Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13, at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel.

Tay­lor be­came the first West In­dian to win the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) Women’s Crick­eter of the Year in 2011. Her out­stand­ing achieve­ments en­abled her to win the One-Day In­ter­na­tional Crick­eter of the Year a year later. She then com­pleted a sweep of all ICC Women’s Crick­eter of the Year awards when she won the T20 Crick­eter of the Year in 2015.

A right-handed bats­man who bowls off spin, Tay­lor is the only crick­eter, male or fe­male, to top both the ICC bat­ting and bowl­ing rank­ings in ODI cricket. She be­came the first Ja­maican to lead the West Indies women crick­eters to a global cham­pi­onship at the ICC World Cup T20 tour­na­ment in In­dia.

Crick­eter Ta­mar Lam­bert has rep­re­sented Ja­maica at ev­ery level. To this day, he re­mains Ja­maica’s most suc­cess­ful cricket cap­tain ever. An all-rounder who bats righthanded and bowls right-arm off­spin, Lam­bert’s great­est suc­cesses came while lead­ing Ja­maica’s se­nior cricket team from 2008-2012.

He led Ja­maica to an un­prece­dented five con­sec­u­tive tri­umphs in the re­gional four­day cham­pi­onship. Lam­bert also led Ja­maica to two re­gional Su­per50 ti­tles, in 2007 and 2011, plus two play-off shields.

The other nom­i­nee is War­ren Bar­rett, a re­tired na­tional goal­keeper and cur­rent na­tional goal­keep­ing coach. Bar­rett made his de­but for the Ja­maica na­tional foot­ball team in 1990 against Bar­ba­dos and played his fi­nal in­ter­na­tional in 2000 against Hon­duras in the Gold Cup.

He was Ja­maica’s main man in goal when the Reg­gae Boyz qual­i­fied for France ’98. He was the goal­keep­ing coach of the Ja­maican squad that fin­ished as run­ners-up in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The cri­te­ria on which the nom­i­nees will be con­sid­ered to re­ceive this award are: a his­tory of out­stand­ing achieve­ment in their cho­sen sport; a spirit of sports­man­ship and good­will re­flected by truth­ful­ness, cour­tesy, and re­spect when deal­ing with other play­ers/com­peti­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tors; strong na­tional pride; ap­pro­pri­ate lead­er­ship skills; ap­pro­pri­ate de­port­ment; high level of dis­ci­pline and in­tegrity both in­side and out­side of the sports; as well as hu­mil­ity even in the face of vic­tory.

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