Sunday 22 September, 2019

'Tappa' Whitmore among sporting figures honoured this year

Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore collects his national award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)

Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore collects his national award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)

National senior men's football head coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, was among a number of top national figures honoured for their contributions to the country’s development at Monday's National Honours and Awards Ceremony at Kings House in St Andrew.

Whitmore, who was a member of the Reggae Boyz team that qualified for the 1998 World Cup in France, was bestowed with the Order of Distinction.

Along with top-flight West Indies batsman and former regional captain, Chris Gayle; West Indies Women’s Team captain, Stephanie Taylor; noted track and field coaches, Stephen Francis, who picked up an Order of Jamaica (OJ), and Maurice Wilson; long-time sports administrator, Ian Forbes; and retired racehorse jockey, George Hosang’, Whitmore is part of a six-member group from the sporting fraternity to make the total of 171 awardees this year.

Track and field coach Stephen Francis with sports administrator Ian Forbes. 

The 45-year-old recorded more than 120 caps and scored 24 international goals for Jamaica, and was the creative midfield force in the Reggae Boyz’ 1998 World Cup campaign.

He has been in charge of the national senior team on a number of different occasions, and most recently guided the Reggae Boyz to the finals in the 2017 Gold Cup, which they lost to regional powerhouse, USA.

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