Shillingford cops top national award
ROSEAU, Dominica – West Indies and Windward Islands off-spinner Shane Shillingford was on Wednesday named the country’s Sportsman of the Year for 2012, at the seventh Annual National Sports Award ceremony.
Shillingford, who took 10 wickets in the Test match against Australia at Windsor Park here last year, edged out national football captain, Kurlson Benjamin on his way to copping the award.
Sports Minister Justina Charles said the Government of Dominica would give Shillingford a parcel of land on which to build his home.
The 30-year-old Shillingford has already been named as a Goodwill Ambassador and is in possession of a diplomatic passport.
He has also excelled this year and was a stand-out for West Indies in the recent two-Test series against Zimbabwe, grabbing 19 wickets to emerge as Man-of-the-Series.
Overall, Shillingford has taken 48 wickets from ten Tests.
Meanwhile, sprinter Luan Gabriel was named as the Sportswoman of the Year, after becoming the first Dominican to secure a gold medal in a sprint event at the CARIFTA Games in 2012, when she won the 100m dash.
She also represented Dominica at the 2012 London Olympics.
Windward Islands Under-19 captain Jerlani Robinson captured the male Youth Athlete of the Year award.