By Clayton Clarke, Trackalerts.com
Port of Spain, Trinidad: World Championships bronze medallists Josanne Lucas and Renny Quow were named the top track and field athletes in Trinidad and Tobago for 2009 at the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) awards ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Wrightson Road, here on Saturday night.
The announcement came as no surprise as the pair had won the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) 2009 Sports personalities last week.
Lucas, who was present for the award, said she was happy with the honour, “I am extremely pleased and happy to be named Athlete of the Year.” “Any award that is given to me I am extremely blessed and pleased for the fact that I have been appreciated for my performances this year. Having recapped the year and given my performance at World Championships, it is good to see the association (the National Association of Athletic Administration of Trinidad and Tobago) recognize the efforts on my part.”
The 25-year-old who was third in the women’s 400m hurdles in last August’s World Championships in Berlin Germany said she has so many persons to be thank for her success in 2009. “There isn’t one person or one thing. It is not just this year’s performances but it started back in primary school. Every single year leading up to this was a development period. It was an experience so many people too numerous to mention.”
Quow was not on hand to receive his award and his father Rupert collected on his behalf. Also present was one of his triplet brother. The 400m bronze medallist clocked 45.02 seconds to secure T and T first medal in the 400m on the global scene since his win at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing China.
Jehue Gordon won the Junior male athlete of the year following his fourth place finish at 400m hurdles in Berlin. Though only 17years, Gordon whipped the 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalists (Feliz Sanchez and Danny McFarlene) to clocked 48.26 seconds and became the second fastest junior (under 20)athletes and fastest 17 year old ever in the event.
U-11 - Jahi Hernandez (Hampton), U-13 - Corey Stewart (Abilene)
U-11 - Trichelle Thomas (Spartans)
OPEN TRACK - Josanne Lucas (Falcons)