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by PHILIP HACKETT

SHANE BRATHWAITE is the National Sports Council’s (NSC) Sports Personality for 2018.

The announcement was made when the NSC awards ceremony came off at the gymnasium of the Sir Garfield Sobers Complex

on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old hurdler won from two other nominees, West Indies Test and one-day international cricket captain Jason Holder and Holder’s teammate Shai Hope.

Brathwaite won gold in the hurdles and in the 4×100 metres relay at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games last July in Barranquilla, Columbia.

He again displayed his brilliance in August at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (NACAC) in Toronto, Canada, where he won bronze in the hurdles and silver in the relay.

Brathwaite is in the United States training and was represented by his brother Lee Germon Gaskin. Brathwaite was also successful in sharing the team award for 2018 with the other members of the Barbados 4×100 metres relay team, Mario Burke, Burkheart Ellis and Jaquone Hoyte.

The Barbados equestrian team and the Barbados squash team were the others nominated.

“All of the athletes worked very hard in 2018. We had outstanding performances in a number of different categories,” acting director of sport at the National Sports Council, Neil Murrell, told NATIONSPORT.

“In that category we had the efforts of Shai Hope doing very well in ODI cricket and to a lesser extent in Test cricket. Jason Holder was elevated to the number one all-rounder in the world,” Murrell said.

“Shane Brathwaite is a young man who continues to work hard. If you remember in 2007 he was a Youth Gold winner, the first Youth Gold winner from Barbados. He has continued to work steadfastly despite some challenges,” Murrell said.

The acting director reflected on Brathwaite’s failure to make the qualifying time for a previous Olympic event but lauded his ability to rebound to reach a high level of success.

“He is really a model athlete, an athlete who works very hard and I think in the context of these two other athletes he was a deserving winner,” Murrell said.

Murrell added that he is looking forward to further success from all three nominees in their various disciplines.

“It’s just a matter of giving these athletes the support and the encouragement to make themselves and Barbados proud,” said the acting director.

Brathwaite captured the award in the Senior Outstanding Male category from the same field, while surfer Chelsea Tuach won the award for Outstanding Female Sportsperson.

Tuach won from other nominees cricketer Deandra Dottin and boxer Kimberly Gittens.

Holder, who recently reached the top of the ICC all-rounder rankings, was recipient of the Minister’s Award.

Veteran competitor, coach and administrator Kathy Harper Hall was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Minister of Sport John King.

Barbados Football Association president Randy Harris won the Alvin Burgess Award for the top administrator while former Barbados and West Indies cricketer Floyd Reifer was the Coach Of The Year.

Saxophonist Michael John Maxwell, son of Anglican Bishop of Barbados Michael Maxwell, singer Jamal Slocombe and Shamar Weekes who performed a solo drama piece, provided high quality entertainment.

CHRIST CHURCH FOUNDATION SCHOOL principal Robert Cumberbatch accepting the secondary schools’ award from NSC deputy chair Catherine Jordan.

GROUNDSMAN OF THE YEAR: Victor Franklyn (right) receiving the award from National Sports Council board member Anderson Welch.

TOP ADMINISTRATOR: Barbados Football Association president Randy Harris (right) receiving the Alvin Burgess Award from Andre Burgess.

(Pictures by Kenmore Bynoe.)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Floyd Reifer (right) accepting the award from Bentley Norville, managing director of Eco Technology.

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