THE YEAR’S FINEST: Omar McLeod (the first Jamaican male athlete to win both the Olympic and World Championship 110M hurdles gold medal) and Alia Atkinson, who had another stellar year in the pool, are the frontrunners for top honours at next month’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Awards. Only three women are up or Sportswoman of the Year: Atkinson and track athletes Elaine Thompson and Ristannana Tracey. (Sunshine Girl Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is a glaring omission here.) On the men’s side, meanwhile, McLeod is joined by cricketers Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller and Chadwick Walton, Reggae Boyz goalkeeper André Blake and squash sensation Chris Binnie. Among the other awards to be handed out: the People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year, the ISSA Schoolboy and Schoolgirl awards, the Gleaner Iconic Award and the VMBS Youth Award.