Kirani & AfyST GEORGE’S, December 30, 2015 – Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James and Cricketer Afy Fletcher have been named top sports personalities for 2015 by GrenadaSports.

The sports website (grenadasports.gd) considers among other things the impact of the candidates’ performances especially in the context of international competitions.

GrenadaSports also named Jamal Charles and Oreoluwa Cherebin as the top Junior personalities of the Year; Collegiate track and field coach Alleyne Francique as Coach of the Year and Decathlete Kurt Felix and Anderson Peters as the joint Rising Star Athlete of the Year.

Felix is also named as GrenadaSports’ National Award for Courage; Dwain Gill and Cheney Joseph as joint Association President of the Year; the Grenada Cricket Association, Association of the Year; Hurricane SC as Club of the Year; MacDonald College as National Secondary School of the Year and the National Swimming Team as National Team of the Year.

Male: Kirani James

James, who attempted to regain the 400m world title he won in Daegu in 2011, secured the bronze medal behind South African Wayde van Niekerk (43.48) and American LaShawn Merritt (43.65). James’ time of 43.78 for third made it the first time three men have ever gone under 44 seconds in one race.

But James won the 400m Diamond Race (IAAF Diamond League) finishing with the most points among the top quarter-milers.

James ended the 2015 Outdoor season among the top ranked quarter-milers on the IAAF Top List.

Undoubtedly, he is the top male performer for 2015.

Female: Afy Fletcher

Fletcher was recalled to the West Indies Women’s Cricket Team for a tour of Sri Lanka in May 2015 and performed creditably in four ODI matches.  She took four wickets at an outstanding economy rate of 2.84 with her leg spin bowling – the second lowest economy rate for a Wet Indies bowler in the series.

She was selected to the West Indies squad once again for Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean and although not featuring in any of the four ODIs in St. Lucia, she created history by becoming the first and only Grenadian woman to represent the West Indies in an international match in Grenada at the National Stadium on October 29 when she played in the First Women’s Twenty20 International (T20I).

She also played in the second match at the same venue. She bowled in both matches and conceded only 28 runs from five overs.

Afy is deserving of the most outstanding female competitor for Grenada in 2015.

Coach of the Year: Alleyne Francique

Francique is one of the top track and field coaches in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. His charges excelled in 2015 including the Men’s 4x400m Relay of Bralon Taplin (Grenada), Deon Lendore (Trinidad & Tobago), Shavez Hart (Bahamas) and Gregory Coleman (United States) and the pair of Hector and Josh Hernandez who dominated the 800m.

But Francique main success came in the women’s 400m hurdles with Shamier Little who won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship, NCAA, Pan American Games and silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Francique accompanied Little as personal coach to both PanAm and World Championships.

Administrator: Dwain Gill/Cheney Joseph

Gill, who is into his second year as President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA), continues to provide leadership and to change the public’s opinion of the GCA. He is the driving force behind recent developments within the cricket association. Despite some resentments Gill sets about his tasks with great humility.

Joseph is singled out for his ability to ride the wave of no confidence motions he faced in 2015. Despite these challenges Joseph continues to lead the Grenada Football Association (GFA) through a turbulent period and instability within the ranks of the association including five general secretaries.

Association: Grenada Cricket Association

The GCA was one of the most active national associations in 2015. The GCA successfully staged a number of tournaments and training programmes in the year under review.

The association implemented developmental and training programmes, efficient hosting of regional and international matches and implemented tournaments at all levels including the GCA Under-15, Republic Bank GCA Super 50, GCA Super 50 Senior Inter-parish Cup, GCA Sister Isle Challenge, NLA-GCA T20 Knockout Tournament and GRENLEC Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Club: Hurricane SC

In October, Hurricane won the 2015 Premier League of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) for the first time in seven years. The St Mark-based team secured the championship on Saturday October 24 with a two-nil win against Queens Park Rangers at Beausejour. The victory pushed Hurricane to 38 points with Paradise FC finishing second on 37 points following a 3-0 win to Chantimelle.

Hurricane subsequently finished second to Paradise in the WaggyT Knockout Tournament and is a finalist in the inaugural Sandals Super 8 Knockout Football Tournament.

Hurricane made these strides without the access to a home field and thus earns GrenadaSports’ recognition as Club of the Year.

Rising Star: Kurt Felix/Anderson Peters

Felix is recognised as our Rising Star for 2015. He followed through on his achievements in 2014 after securing the bronze medal in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games. This time he won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto and then went on to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing where he finished eighth among the 32 competitors. Each time Felix competed in 2015 he improved on the national record in the event.

Felix is also named as GrenadaSports’ National Award for Courage in competing in the gruelling 10-discipline event over two days.

Peters continues to dominate his age group in the Javelin throw and could be a future international medallist for Grenada. After dominating the 700g at the CARIFTA Games, he won the Under-20 category with the 800g (70.09m) in Basseterre, St Kitts in 2015. He went on to secure the silver medallist (72.11m) in the Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships in Edmonton, just a fraction off the gold medallist, American Christoper Mirabelli (72.63m).

Secondary School: MacDonald College

MDC is noted for its consistency in participating in sporting events in 2015. The school’s most celebrated moment in 2015 was capturing the Right Start Youth Football Cup at the National Stadium.

GrenadaSports’ Honour Roll:

GrenadaSports Sportsman of the Year – Kirani James

GrenadaSports Sportswoman of the Year – Afy Fletcher

National Coach of the Year – Alleyne Francique (Athletics)

Overall Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Jamal Charles (Football)

Overall Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Oreoluwa Cherebin (Swimming)

Overall Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Kirani James (Athletics)

Overall Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Afy Fletcher (Cricket)

Rising Star Award – Kurt Felix/Anderson Peters (Athletics)

National Secondary School of the Year – MacDonald College

National Club of the Year – Hurricane Sports Club (Football)

National Team of the Year – Swimming

National Award for Courage – Kurt Felix (Athletics)

Association of the Year – Grenada Cricket Association

Association President of the Year – Dwain Gill (Cricket)/Cheney Joseph (Football)

Additional Awards for 2016

Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Corporate Sponsor of the Year

Brand Sponsor of the Year

Tourism Impact Award

Leslie Pierre Award for Sports Journalism

Prime Minister Award for National Pride and Overall Athlete of the Year

This is the third year of the GrenadaSports’ Awards and are based solely on the website’s coverage during 2015 and not affiliated to any other awards.

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