Saturday 15 December, 2018

3 more nominees for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards

Shamera Sterling.

Shamera Sterling.

Netballer Shamera Sterling is among three more nominees added to the list for the  RJR Sports Foundation 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards.

Track and field athlete Hansle Parchment and Shericka Jackson are the other nominees.

Highly-rated defender Sterling was MVP of England’s Elite netball season. Playing for the Loughborough Lightning in the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague, the 22-year-old recorded an impressive 101 interceptions from just 18 games during the season.

She also had the most interceptions at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she was a member of the bronze-medal-winning Sunshine Girls of Jamaica.

And Sterling was the 2018 MVP for the Netball Fast5 in Melbourne, Australia in October. The Sunshine Girls won the silver medal.

She was recently signed by Australia's Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2019 Super Netball season.

The initial announcements of  12 nominees, eight females and four males, were announced by Mike Fennell, Chairman of the Selection Committee, at a media launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on November 28.

The full list of nominees:

Male:  Fedrick Dacres, Ronald Levy, O’Dayne Richards and Hansle Parchment (track and field) and  Christopher Binnie (squash)

Female: Alia Atkinson (swimming), Aisha Praught-Leer, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson (track and field, Khadija Shaw (football),  Stafanie Taylor (cricket) and Shamera Sterling (netball).

The foundation’s board, following a submission from its Selection Committee on Wednesday, approved the three additional nominees.

The foundation said further research had helped them determine that the three new nominees meet the criteria for nomination.

The Selection Committee will meet again in early January to determine if there should be any further nominations based on performances between now and the end of the year.

The winners will be announced at the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards function on Friday, January 19, 2019.

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