Kirani James & Meleni Rodneyby Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, December 22, 2014 – Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James and Meleni Rodney, who became the first Grenadian athlete to win a medal at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), have been named top sports personalities for 2014 by GrenadaSports.

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

Both James and Rodney, who are 400m specialists, highlighted international sporting achievements for Grenada in 2014.

James won Grenada’s first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games while Rodney secured bronze medals at the CARIFTA Games and YOG Nanjing against world class competitors.

GrenadaSports also selected junior tennis player Oronfo Ikolo and swimmer Oreoluwa Cherebin as the top junior personalities.

In a shortened version to 2013, the President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA), Dwain Gill is top administrator while his organisation is chosen as the Association of the Year. The coach of the Year is Richie Hughes who continues to provide coaching and mentoring qualities to Grenada’s young tennis players.

Male: Kirani James

Kirani remained dominant in the 400 metres for 2014, losing only once to LaShawn Merritt. However, he clocked a world leading time of 43.74 seconds and won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 400m match-up between James and Merritt became the marquee event in track and field in 2014.

James 400m resume in 2014 included 43.74 (Lausanne, 1st); 43.97 (Eugene, 1st); 44.24 (Glasgow, 1st); 44.59 (Birmingham, 1st); 44.60 (Des Moines, IA, 2nd).

James ended the 2014 Outdoor season as the top ranked quarter-miler on the IAAF Top List.

Undoubtedly, he is the top male performer for 2014

Female: Meleni Rodney

This was the year for Meleni. Coming off injury, which also affected her 2013 performance especially at Inter-Col, Meleni was named the most outstanding junior athlete at this year’s championships with gold medals in 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump events. She captured the Under-18 400m bronze medal at the CARIFTA Games in Martinique and then bronze at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in a personal best of 53.33 seconds.

Meleni is by far, the most outstanding female competitor for Grenada in 2014.

Junior Male: Ukpioronfo ‘Oronfo’ Ikolo

At age 14 he is the livewire of tennis in Grenada, Oronfo successfully competed in five COTECC 14 and Under Tennis Tournaments, winning the Singles titles in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. He won the Singles and Doubles titles in the Bahamas and a semi-finalist in the Singles and champion in the Doubles in the Dominican Republic. He also competed in El Salvador where he won Group 1 in the round-robin stage but lost in the round of 16. He eventually won all four remaining matches in the back draw.

In December, he participated in the 2014 Junior Orange Bowl 53rd International Tennis Championships where he reached the third round of the Consolation. He won three of the five matches he played.

Junior Female: Oreoluwa ‘Ore’ Cherebin

Ore is still Grenada’s best hope of winning a medal in international swimming. She continues to splash her dominance in the age-group category at home and the sub-region. Ore also continues to improve on her performances and at age 16 is the most decorated Grenadian swimmer at any age.

At the recent OECS Championships in St Lucia, Ore was the top performer winning 11 medals including nine gold, seven OECS records and 93 individual points.

Ore also represented Grenada in other regional and international championships including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland; the Pan-American Swimming Championship in Mexico and the FINA World Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Ore attained 12 passes at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in 2014 and attends the T.A. Marryshow Community College.

Coach: Richie Hughes

Richie Hughes is tennis! Richie, regarded as a ‘walking tennis encyclopedia’, has been coaching for the past 20 years including some of the most successful junior tennis players. His most recent prized competitor is Oronfo Ikolo who has had a very good stint in the Caribbean and Central America in 2014. On many occasions Richie acts as coach, manager and mentor to his competitors and spend many hours coaching at the Tanteen Tennis Courts.

His dedication and commitment to the sport are sufficient to recognise Richie as the Coach of the Year.

Administrator: Dwain Gill

Gill was elected President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) on May 3, 2014. The former Vice President replaced Garvin Taylor who did not seek re-election. Undoubtedly, he has changed the public’s opinion of the GCA since assuming the leadership. He is the driving force behind recent developments within the cricket association and sets about his tasks with humility.

Gill is our top choice for Administrator of the Year.

Association: Grenada Cricket Association

The GCA was one of the most active national associations in 2014. Despite limited finances the GCA staged the senior 50-overs inter-parish and women’s inter-parish tournaments and commenced its signature tournament for the year, the national Twenty20. The GCA has already completed preparations for the Under-15 and Under-19 tournaments in early 2015. In 2014, Grenada won the Under-19 and Senior Cricket Tournaments.

The GCA exceeded expectations and deservingly is GrenadaSports pick for top Association in 2014.

GrenadaSports takes this opportunity to wish all our sportsmen and women and readers a Merry Christmas.

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