Akela Jones added yet another accolade to her already impressive resume when she took home the coveted National Sports Personality of the Year award at the 32nd Annual National Sports Award Ceremony at the Frank Collymore Hall last night.
Having also captured the award for Female Junior Outstanding Sportsperson, the 19-year-old athlete of Kansas State University was a predictable winner, having dominated at both the regional and international level.
It was a fitting way to honour one of the island’s future stars, who became the first Barbadian to medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014, when she copped gold in the long jump.
In her last year at the CARIFTA Games she also won three gold medals and copped the Austin Sealy Award for the Most Outstanding athlete.
Sprinter Levi Cadogan was named the Male Junior Outstanding Sportsperson after impressive performances at the CARIFTA, World Junior Championships and the CAC Games.
Another athlete in Kierre Beckles won the Female Senior Outstanding Sportsperson award, while cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite copped the Male equivalent.
The Minister’s Award went to hurdler Shane Brathwaite, while athlete Rivaldo Leacock and cricketer Hayley Matthews shared the Emerging Athlete award.