Sports AwardsThe Sports Division in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will award 35 sports personalities and sports organisations that have excelled in 2012.

The sportsman and sportswoman of the year will be announced at the function which will be held on Wednesday May 1st 2013. It will be hosted under the theme, “Honouring efforts…..urging greater performances”.

According to an official of the Sports Division, the award ceremony is held every year as a means to raise the profile of sports in Dominica, elevate standards in performance and bring into focus the importance of strong, well-structured organisations and good governance in sport.

Nominated for the title of Sportswoman of the year are track and fielder Luan Gabriel, cricketer Pearl Ettienne, footballer Kaysanda Alexander, and netballer Anna Maria Xavier. Meanwhile,track and fielder, Brendan Williams, cricketer Shane Shillingford, footballer Kurlson Benjamin and basketballer Peter Ricketts are the top nominees for Sportsman of the year.

The event will be under the patronage of His Excellency Eluid Williams and Mrs Williams while Sports Coordinator Trevor Shillingford and Justina Charles, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports will deliver addresses.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is also expected to attend.

The event is expected to be one of enjoyment and celebration with entertainment from Rachel Jno Baptiste – 2012 QTS Winner, Kenton Thomas and the Fanatic Band.

A moment of silence will also be observed for national footballer Noran Jno Hope and national coach Kirt Hector.