Saturday, 31 August 2013

THE SPORTING LIFE: Young Sunshine Girls cop bronze medal in Glasgow + Scholar athletes to be recognized by Courtney Walsh Awards

AT THEIR PEAK: Nominations are now open for the 2013 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. The annual awards, chaired by Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George, recognizes an outstanding sportsman/woman whose mix of exemplary leadership, humility, integrity and discipline have made them a force to be reckoned with in their respective are. A new category has been added to this year's awards: The Student Excellence Award, which will go to a "scholar athlete" who has demonstrated an inspiring mix of academic excellence and solid sporting achievement at the secondary level. Nominations close on Sep. 27. The awards recipients will be announced during an Oct. 23 ceremony. Past winners of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence include former senior netball captain Elaine Davis and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Pictured above, Ambassador Courtney Walsh, with PM Portia Simpson-Miller attending last year's ceremony.

TEAM EFFORT: Jamaica's Under 21 Sunshine Girls have achieved their core objective of completing their exploits at the Glasgow World Youth Netball Championships with a medal. The young netballers, in jubilant mode above, earned the bronze medal after defeating their English counterparts 52-33 in the third-place playoff, which preceded the gold-medal match-up between perennial powerhouses Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand won the gold with a 52-47 victory. Jamaica also won bronze at the 2009 championships in the United States. Heartiest congrats to the ladies.

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