Sports minister, Justina Charles, has lauded the efforts of sports men and women in Dominica and said government is committed to the further development of sports on the island.
However, she warned that they need to show discipline at all times.
“You need to show discipline to referees, coaches, and all those in authority, train and be committed and stay away from drugs, even if you have the talent and lack discipline it will take you no where, ” she said at the 8th Annual National Sports Award Ceremony on Wednesday night.
The event was held at the Fort Young Hotel under the theme “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”
The Sports Man of the Year went to national cricketer Gian Benjamin and the Sports Woman Thea Lafond.
Benjamin captained the Under-19 Dominica team and during that time scored an impressive century and two half centuries. He also had over 10 dismissals behind the stumps and was among four selected on the Windward Islands team while Lafond, an overseas based Dominican athlete was outstanding in track and field.
Speaking to reporters, Benjamin said he owed his achievement to his coaches. “I want to thank my many coaches who have assisted me and to my many fans, team mates and villages who believe in me and continues to inspire me,” he said.
Lafond is presently out of state and Ronnie Isidore received the award on her behalf.
Female Youth Athlete of the Year Award went to Shani Angol.
Below is the full list of awards.
Athletics (track and field) male – Yordany’s Garcia
female – Thea Lafond
Basketball (male) – Thomas felix
(female) – Shernel St. Rose
Boxing – Miguel Greenaway
Bridge – Albert Astaphan
Cricket – Gian Benjamin
Domino – Augustus Parker
Football (male) – Hugo Riley
(female) – Kasika Samuel
Netball – Stacey Fontaine
Rounders – Marilyn Auguiste
Softball Cricket – Kershaski Jno. Lewis
Tennis – Mauricio Burton
Volleyball (male) – Lincoln Riviere
(female) – Anna-Maria Xavier
Sporting Village of the Year went to Marigot which received a cash award of $1500.00 from the Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, Justina Charles.
Dominica Football Association’s president, Glen Etienne picked up the award for Sports Association of the Year on behalf of the association.
Other awards include:
Special Olympics Athlete of the year – Andriana Aaron
PE/Sports Teacher of the year (Primary School) – Delvin Esprit
(Secondary School) – Walson Pacquette
School of the year in Sports (Primary School) – Wesley Primary
(Secondary School) – PSS
Sports Commentator of the Year – Ossie Lewis
Sports Reporter of the Year – Garvin Richards
Official Umpire/Referee of the Year – Lennox Abraham
Coach of the Year – Thomas Kentish
Club of the Year – Aithon Athletics Club
Sports Committee of the Year – Marigot
Sponsor of the Year – LIME