Matthews is Personality of the Year

Barbados Nation article.

West Indies’ women’s cricketer Hayley Matthews is the 2016 National Sports Council’s Sports Personality of the Year.

The 18-year-old right-hander, who is currently in Australia playing in the Women’s Big Bash Twenty20 League, was announced winner during the NSC’s annual awards ceremony at the Frank Collymore Hall on Saturday night.

Matthews, who hit a match-winning half-century to help the West Indies defeat Australia in the final of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup last April, was also named junior outstanding female sports person. Vasbert Drakes, who presided over that history triumph, won the coach of the year award.

he versatile athlete Akela Jones was chosen as senior female outstanding sports person while sprinter Ramon Gittens was named senior male outstanding sports person. The junior male outstanding sports person award went to World Junior 100 metres bronze medalist Mario Burke.  Young Barbados and Caribbean squash champion Meagan Best took the Minister of Sport’s award.

Best, who also won the Canadian Under-15 Open title, was also named as one of the three emerging athletes along with cyclist Amber Joseph and West Indies' Under-19 cricketer Shamar Springer. Carlos Brathwaite won the Performance of the Year award for his four consecutive sixes in the final over to help the West Indies defeat England in the men’s final and win the World Twenty20 title.

Olympic Games 100 metres bronze medalist Obadele Thompson delivered the feature address while the legendary West Indies cricketer, Sir Everton Weekes received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

First Published In The Barbados Nation.

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 22:49