Big names up for Carib Hall of Fame nod

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

RIO 2016 Olympic women’s dou­ble sprint cham­pion, Elaine Thomp­son and men’s 110m hur­dles win­ner Omar McLeod will head­line nom­i­nees for in­duc­tion in this year’s 13th An­nual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Ex­cel­lence, slated for Fri­day, Novem­ber 25, at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in Kingston.

Other big names on the list in­clude Ba­hamas’ Olympic 400m cham­pion Shau­nae Miller, Gre­nada’s 2012 Olympic cham­pion over the 400m Ki­rani James, and top Ja­maican swim­mer Alia Atkin­son.

The red car­pet event will be­gin at 7 p.m and is made in recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion from those who have achieved ex­cel­lence in: mu­sic, arts, sports and cul­ture.

Nom­i­na­tions re­main open in those cat­e­gories also.

The event will take place un­der the dis­tin­guished pa­tron­age of their Ex­cel­len­cies The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, and The Most Honourable Lady Allen.

Caribbean Devel­op­ment for the Arts, Sports and Cul­ture Foun­da­tion will part­ner with the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) for the event.

Ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Caribbean Devel­op­ment for the Arts, Sports and Cul­ture Foun­da­tion Gar­nett Reid (J.P), “The Foun­da­tion’s pro­gramme is geared to­wards strength­en­ing and pre­serv­ing Ja­maica and the rest of the Caribbean’s cul­tural her­itage.”

Reid told The Gleaner that the Awards for Ex­cel­lence in Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts, Sports, Mu­sic and Cul­ture will be made to a per­son achiev­ing promi­nence of per­for­mance in his/her field, and who has ex­hib­ited com­mit­ment to the growth and devel­op­ment of that par­tic­u­lar field.

Mean­while, the re­cip­i­ent in­ducted into the Caribbean Hall Of Fame must be a Caribbean na­tional, whose per­for­mance has been recog­nised by the pub­lic, and whose se­lec­tion is not in­flu­enced by fac­tors of race, colour, sex, re­li­gion or po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

Reid said his or­gan­i­sa­tion is the only one of its kind within the Caribbean to stage such an event of this mag­ni­tude, adding “We are call­ing on other Caribbean na­tions to sup­port this re­gional Red Car­pet Af­fair.”






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