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Ryan is NSC’s Sports Personality of the Year

Ryan is NSC’s Sports Personality of the Year (FP)

Sat, December 29, 2012 - 6:45 PM

He’s done it again.

Ryan Brathwaite, Barbados’ golden boy, has once again been voted the National Sport Council’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Brathwaite, a former world champion hurdler, edged out West Indies cricketer Kemar Roach for the coveted title, to cop his second award in four years after also having won it previously in 2009.

He garnered his votes after an impressive Olympic showing, which saw him finish fifth in the final of the 110 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.

Here Brathwaite (left) is pictured during his final run, which was won by America’s Aries Merritt (second left). Jamaican Hansle Parchment (third left) finished third. 

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
Ryan Brathwaite "garnered his votes after an impressive Olympic showing, which saw him finish fifth in the final of the 110 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics."

What did Ryan do in 2012 that stood out to be deserving of this and other awards?

While I remember Ryan's stunning 2009 World Championships gold medal win in the 110 hurdles in Berlin and his outstanding 2010 CAC victory in Mayaguez, I cannot point to any successes from him since then.

Ryan's fifth place finish at the London Olympics cannot be considered "impressive" and is way below par of what is expected of a world champion. Hence I am puzzled how he could be voted National Sports Council's Personality of the Year, given the Barbados Olympic Association President’s Award, and also named the Digicel 4G Athlete Of The Year, ahead of other athletes who were more successful in 2012 in their respective sports.

We cannot continue rewarding and awarding athletes for mediocre performances ahead of those who apparently did better. What precedence are we setting for our young people? We should encourage those who fell short on this occasion to strive to do better next year.

It must be devastating to the other athletes who worked their hearts out, excelled and brought pride to Barbados in 2012, to not receive any of the top awards.

What more must they do?

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