Stu­dent athletes short­listed for Court­ney Walsh Award

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SIX SEC­ONDARY-school athletes have been short-listed to re­ceive awards un­der the um­brella of the pres­ti­gious Court­ney Walsh Award for Ex­cel­lence.

The names were re­leased by mem­bers of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and the win­ners will be an­nounced at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13, start­ing with cock­tails at 6:30 p.m. and the cer­e­mony at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s nom­i­nees are Jhe­vaughn Mather­son of Kingston Col­lege; Travis Brown and Kyle Martin, both of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the male cat­e­gory.

The nom­i­nees in the fe­male cat­e­gory are Aiko Jones of Wolmer’s Girls’ School; Su­san Dou­glas of The Queen’s School and Satanya Wright of St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School.

Since 2013, the Cul­ture, Health, Arts, Sports and Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Court­ney Walsh Award for Ex­cel­lence in sports, has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with prin­ci­pals in schools at the sec­ondary-level across the is­land to nom­i­nate fe­male and male stu­dents to be recog­nised at the pres­ti­gious an­nual event.

To re­ceive this award, stu­dents must have dis­played ex­cep­tional qual­i­ties in their aca­demic per­for­mance, and demon­strated team com­mit­ment and good tenets of fair play while rep­re­sent­ing their schools in sports.

It is manda­tory that the stu­dents are Ja­maican na­tion­als and the nom­i­na­tions sub­mit­ted by the prin­ci­pals of sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions in­clude a re­port out­lin­ing why each stu­dent is be­ing se­lected for the award.

RECOG­NIS­ING STU­DENTS

The stu­dent award is an ad­den­dum to the 12-year-old event, which salutes the stal­warts in the sport­ing arena, and has, to date, recog­nised eight high-school stu­dents be­tween grades 10 and 13. The awards, spon­sored by the Supreme Ven­tures Foun­da­tion, in­clude a $250,000 cash award to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a spe­cific school project, one year’s In­ter­net ser­vice and a com­puter tablet.

The past awardees in­clude Mark Parch­ment of Munro Col­lege and Janell Dal­berry of St Jago High School in 2013; Natal­liah Whyte of St Jago High School; and Ja­heel Hyde of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in 2014; and Junelle Brom­field from St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School and Javauni Gar­wood of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in 2015.

The Court­ney Walsh Award, which is in its 12th year, was con­cep­tu­alised by For­mer Prime Min­is­ter P.J. Pat­ter­son, an avid cricket fol­lower who was prompted to es­tab­lish the award to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence in sports, hav­ing ob­served the ex­em­plary qual­i­ties demon­strated by Am­bas­sador Court­ney Walsh through­out his il­lus­tri­ous in­ter­na­tional cricket ca­reer.

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