Anderson Peters/GrenadaSports

Anderson Peters/GrenadaSports

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, April 8, 2016 – National Javelin record holders Anderson Peters and Candesha Scott copped GrenadaSports’ Athletes of the Month of March awards, announced on Friday.

Peters and Scott set new National and CARIFTA Championships records on March 27 and 28 respectively in Grenada.

The nominations and voting took place on Thursday using the GrenadaSports’ digital platforms – website and social media.

GrenadaSports Male Athlete of the Month of March 2016

NOMINEES (alphabetical order):

Junior Charles, Josh Boateng, Andre Fletcher, Anderson Peters and Bralon Taplin

WINNER: ANDERSON PETERS

Anderson received 49 per cent or 236 of the 482 responses. He was followed by Junior Charles (31.5%), Andre Fletcher (11.8%), Josh Boateng (5.2%) and Bralon Taplin (0.8%).

Track & Field remains a popular sport for Grenadians and coming on the heels of the 45th CARIFTA Athletics Championships in Grenada, the athletes have dominated the nominations.

Anderson entered his final competition in the regional championships with history on his side and delivered an unforgettable performance in front of cheering home fans. His throw of 78.28 metres set a new national and games record and also gained qualification for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland in July.

It was enough to gain the approval of regional journalists for the Austin Sealy Award.

It was also his fifth gold medal in competition and the third competitor in the history of the CARIFTA Championships to throw beyond 70 metres. Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago set the pace in 2012 in Bermuda with 77.59m, the same year Anderson started his winning streak. Anderson followed in St Kitts with 70.09m and 78.28 in Grenada and Tyriq Horsford of Trinidad & Tobago threw the 700g implement at 73.00m to establish a new mark in the Boys Under-18.

Charles seemingly picked up his votes from his exploits at the Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships in March where he won the 400m and anchored the St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) to victory in the 4x400m Relay and the championship.

Fletcher heroics in the just concluded ICC World Twenty20 Cricket Tournament puts him the limelight but injury prevented him from featuring in the semi-final and final.

The animated Josh Boateng (CARIFTA Discus champion and world junior qualifier) and quarter-miler Bralon Taplin were also nominees.

GrenadaSports Female Athlete of the Month of March 2016

NOMINEES (alphabetical order):

Holly Charles, Amanda Crawford, Afy Fletcher and Candesha Scott

WINNER: CANDESHA SCOTT

Candesha received 33.1 per cent or 101 of the 307 responses. She was followed by West Indies cricketer Afy Fletcher (30.5%), Amanda Crawford (26.6%) and Holly Charles (7.9%).

Candesha’s successful polling is another indication of the passion for track and field by

Candesha Scott/GrenadaSports

Candesha Scott/GrenadaSports

GrenadaSports’ readers. Her record-breaking performance at the CARIFTA Championships proved the depth of Grenadian talents in the throwing events.

Candesha overcame a near season-ending injury to defy the odds and threw 51.13m to improve on the 49.72m set by Jamaica’s Isheeka Binns in St Kitts last year. She also qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Cricket had to take the runner-up position with spin bowler Afy Fletcher trailing Candesha. Fletcher is a member of the champion women’s T20 team where the success is many times measured by the performances of the team members, unless you have played the roles of Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin, who were both medallists at previous CARIFTA Championships.

But Fletcher was a consistent performer and maintained a good economy rate.

Amanda Crawford, 15, is a newcomer to the Grenadian sporting public but became an instant sensation when she won her qualifying heat in the Girls Under-18 400m. It was her first outdoor race for the season coming off a busy indoor season in New York. Amanda copped her first CARIFTA medal by securing the silver in the final in 54.16 and ran an incredible anchor leg for Grenada to lift the team from the last position to finish fifth.

Holly Charles is one of the finest all-rounders in women sport in Grenada. At 13, Holly was the goalkeeper for the Grenada Under-17 team at the CONCACAF Women’s Tournament in Grenada and although she conceded the most goals in the tournament she maintained good spirits.

That pushed her to a silver medal in the Girls Under-18 Javelin Throw, another indication of the depth of Grenadian talent in the field events.

Immediately after breaking camp from the CARIFTA Championships, Holly joined her netball teammates to participate in the Caribbean Under-16 Netball Tournament in Barbados. There is more to this phenomenal talent – Holly also plays cricket!

Disclaimer

The GrenadaSports Athletes of the Month initiative is independent of any other national sporting awards but is aimed on highlighting the achievements of Grenadian sportsmen and women on a monthly basis who will then become candidates for the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.

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