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Olympic javelin bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott and 100 metres sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye scooped the top prizes of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) annual awards gala.

Walcott, the country’s only medallist at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and Ahye, who was fifth in the women’s 100m final, received their awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain.

The 23-year-old javelin star secured gold in the event at London 2012 and threw 85.38m to finish third at Rio 2016.

Akeem Stewart, winner of a gold and silver medal at the Paralympic Games, was named the TTOC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Paralympian Akeem Stewart and Nyoshia Cain receiving their TTOC Rio 2016 Medal bonus from President of the Republic of T&T His Excellency President Anthony Carmona- Akeem Stewart (18000US) and Nyoshia Cain (5000US)

 

Stewart threw 57.32m to clinch the javelin F44 title and also earned silver in the discus competition.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach gave an address at the annual awards gala, praising the TTOC for their work over the past year and urging them to maintain their progress in 2017 and beyond.

Paralympian Akeem Stewart and Nyoshia Cain receiving their TTOC Rio 2016 Medal bonus from President of the Republic of T&T His Excellency President Anthony Carmona- Akeem Stewart (18000US) and Nyoshia Cain (5000US)

 

TTOC President Brian Lewis claimed the organisation "continues to evolve as the role and responsibilities of National Olympic Committees have changed dramatically in recent years".

Lewis also outlined the body’s achievements in recent years, such as the launch of the #10golds24 programme, aimed at helping the country win 10 Olympic gold medals by the 2024 Games.

"For 70 years, the TTOC, non-profit- non governmental and volunteer based, has afforded tremendously talented sons and daughters of this wonderful and passionate twin island republic, AKA Trinidad and Tobago, to express that God given talent on the world's biggest sporting stage - the Olympic Games," Lewis said.

"In so doing brand Trinidad and Tobago, our national flag and national anthem are seen and heard in a most powerful and positive manner to a global audience.

"Olympic House has sort to radically transform and evolve into a new and modern sport organisation that is athlete-centred, market driven and service based with a relentless focus on transparency, accountability and good governance.

"We have had our failures and made mistakes.

"But we have learned and grown and have become better for it."

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