Friday, 25 October 2013

FIELD OF PLAY: Wavell Hinds triumphs at Courtney Walsh Awards + JADCO gets a new Executive Director

ICON IN ACTION : "[This award] encourages me to want to go on to better things and widen my scope," said Wavell Hinds in response to deservingly copping the 2013 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence (the ninth instalment) on Wednesday night during a well-supported ceremony at the Pegasus in New Kingston. The 37-year-old former West Indies and Jamaican star cricketer, who was presented with the gigantic crystal trophy by PM Portia Simpson-Miller, unsurprisingly said he wants to use his new platform to motivate other Jamaicans. "I also intend to use it to touch people to be like me and climb the podium to collect this distinguished award." This year's three other shortlisted finalists were Olympian Michael Frater, Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham and Sunshine Girls veteran Nadine Bryan. Meantime, bestowed for the first time, the student athlete awards went to National Under-19 cricketer Mark Parchment (of Munro College) and volleyballer Janelle Dalberry (St. Jago High).

LAB WORK: "It's someone who has strong administrative and managerial skills, and that's really what we need to be able to pull JADCO together and push it forward," says sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley, endorsing the long-awaited appointment of a new executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission. He is Carey Brown, a chemist who has worked with the Youth & Culture ministry, and the successor of the controversial Anne Shirley, who parted ways with the commission almost a year ago.

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