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Nominations are now open for the second annual Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence in Sport. Persons have until August 31 to submit their entries.
The award, which is administered by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund and the National Council on Sports, grants a cash disbursement of $500,000 to Jamaican nationals between the ages of 18 and 40 years, who like Courtney Walsh, have represented Jamaica at the senior level in the field of sports, and whose performance, coupled with quality of character, warrants commendation.
Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, in his remarks at the press launch held at CHASE’s New Kingston offices recently, noted that the award recognised career performance and not “just a golden year” in the life of a sportsperson.
Chairperson of the Award Selection Committee, Dr. Aggrey Irons, said that the honour recognised persons, who exemplified Ambassador Walsh’s winning attributes, especially his comportment on and off the field.
“Anybody, who comes after this man [Courtney Walsh], who can bowl and bowl well, in their own sport, who will fight and not count the cost, who will play the game the way it was meant to be played, and still at the end of the day, be respected by his fellow players but even more so by his opponents, and have done so consistently, will become a winner of the Courtney Walsh Award,” he pointed out.
In the meantime, Ambassador Walsh said that he was privileged to have an award named in his honour and quipped that he has no say in the selection of the winner.
“I did not choose anybody last year because I am not on the selection committee. I know that a lot of people say I gave it to my friend [Jimmy Adams] last year,” he joked, adding that despite the talk, Adams fit the criteria “pretty well”.
“The standard has been set and I hope it will be maintained. I am proud of the way I conducted myself while representing my country. I am hoping that some youngster will be looking to emulate my achievement in the not too distance future,” Ambassador Walsh stated.
Persons or organizations wishing to nominate a sportsperson may obtain nomination forms from the offices of the CHASE Fund, the Institute of Sports, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, the Jamaica Cricket Association or the Sport Development Foundation. In addition, the forms will also be posted on the CHASE website www.chase.org.jm.
When completing the nomination forms, persons are reminded to provide the following information: the name, place and date of birth of the nominee; sport in which the individual is involved and this sport should be recognised by the Jamaica Institute of Sports and the Jamaica Olympic Association; record of outstanding performances; contact number, civic activities in which the nominee is involved and the reason for nomination, which will form the main basis for selection.
The winner will be awarded at a function to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on October 17, this year, after the celebration of National Heroes Day. Ambassador Courtney Walsh, an eminent Jamaican and West Indian cricketer, was the first bowler to take 500 wickets in test cricket. He is also a recipient of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) award for good sportsmanship.
Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence in Sport was conceived by former Prime Minister, P.J Patterson.