Walcott, Ahye win TTOC top awards
Keshorn Walcott and Michelle Lee Ahye won the 2016 awards for the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year during the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) Awards ceremony on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency.
Walcott won the bronze medal in the javelin at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Michelle Lee Ahye competed in three Olympic finals, the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to do so.
The Toco athlete threw the spear 83.45m to take third place in Rio de Janeiro, the second Olympics in succession that he has medaled.
Ahye was 7th in the women’s 100m and 200m events and also competed in the finals of the women’s 4x100m relay.
Junior Athletes of the Year was cyclist Nicholas Paul and sprinter Khalifa St Fort.
Paul, 17, was one of the standout cyclists at the Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships in August winning gold in the men’s sprint and silver medals in the men’s keirin and men’s team sprint.
St Fort, who is coached by former Olympian Ato Boldon, competed in the women’s final of the 4x100m relay at Rio 2016.
She also won the U20 100m event at the 2016 CARIFTA Games at St Georges, Grenada.
Dylan Carter, who won his heat in the men’s 100m freestyle at the Olympics in a national record of 48.80 seconds, won the People’s Choice Award.
Paralympics athlete Akeem Stewart was a popular choice as the Sports Personality of the Year.
Stewart won the gold medal in the men’s F43/44 javelin at the Paralympics Games, with a world record throw of 57.32m.
He then claimed the silver medal in the men's discus throw F43/44 Final with a throw of 61.72 meters.
The Alexander B. Chapman award went to Catherine Forde, who became a member of the WITCO Sports Foundation in 1999 after many years in the field of education.
She later became a member of the First Citizen’s Sports Foundation, and severed as the secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) and the secretary of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago.