Saturday 4 July, 2020

Briana Williams nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams.

Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams.

Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams has received a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held next month.

The 16-year-old, who has an outstanding break-out season last year, has been nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year.

Joining the US-based Williams are Spaniard Ana Carrasco, the first woman to secure a motor cycling world title;  Japan’s first ever Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Norwegian teenage European 1 500 and 5 000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen; Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Italian downhill skiing champion Sofia Goggia.

Williams is the first female Caribbean athlete and only the second Caribbean athlete nominated for the award. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, in 2012, was the only other Breakthrough nominee.

“I’m extremely excited to be nominated for the Laureus award,” said Williams, who won the sprint double at the 2018 IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where she set a new personal best and championship record of 22.50 seconds in the 200m.

“I know this is a very big achievement at my age given the history of who has been nominated in the past. I can’t wait to go, have fun and meet everyone. Being nominated for this prestigious award will push me to work harder to achieve my dreams.”

Her coach, Ato Boldon, believes these accolades are serving to motivate Briana to new levels of performance.

“Well, the other awards and nominations I saw coming. This is next level,” he said.

“As I told her, this is the Oscars for sport. I’m happy for her. I was guarding against her coming back after all the 2018 hoopla very complacent, but it has seemed to really incentivize her.

“She’s doing the things to break more records in 2019. She won’t be ready to run fast as early as she was in 2018, but later in the year, when she needs to be, she will be ready for anyone.”

In addition to her accomplishments at the World U20 Championships, Williams set an age-group record for 15-year-olds of 11.13 seconds at the Bob Hayes Invitational. She also won three gold medals at the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas and with it the Austin Sealy Award.

Top of Form

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.

The winners, as voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis
Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing
LeBron James (USA) Basketball
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Athletics
Kylian Mbappé (France) Football
Luka Modric (Croatia) Football

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Simone Biles (USA) Gymnastics
Simona Halep (Romania) Tennis
Angelique Kerber (Germany) Tennis
Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) Skiing / Snowboarding
Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) Ironman Triathlon
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing

Laureus World Team of the Year

European Ryder Cup Team – Golf
France Men’s Football Team
Golden State Warriors (USA) Basketball
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany)
Norway Winter Olympics Team
Real Madrid (Spain) Football

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Ana Carrasco (Spain) Motor Cycling
Sofia Goggia (Italy) Skiing
Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) Athletics
Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis
Geraint Thomas (UK) Cycling
Briana Williams (Jamaica) Athletics

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) Skating
Mark McMorris (Canada) Snowboarding
Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) Snowboarding
Vinesh Phogat (India) Wrestling 
Lindsey Vonn (USA) Skiing
Tiger Woods (USA) Golf

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) Skiing
Diede de Groot (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis
Brian McKeever (Canada) Cross-country Skiing
Oksana Masters (USA) Cross-country Skiing
Grigorios Polychronidis (Greece) Boccia
Markus Rehm (Germany) Athletics

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing
Anna Gasser (Austria) Snowboarding
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing
Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboarding
Gabriel Medina (Brazil) Surfing
Shaun White (USA) Snowboarding



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