The University of the West Indies is celebrating its student athletes with a newly established awards programme.
Introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, these awards recognise student athletes’ exemplary performance in sports at the university level, as well as their integrity, volunteerism and commitment to other aspects of university life.
The inaugural UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards will be held this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.
Male and female nominees representing these ideal UWI student athlete characteristics were selected from across The UWI’s four campuses. Nomination criteria included registration as a UWI student; a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; being an active athlete in any of the sporting disciplines available on any of The UWI campuses and recognised as top performing in their sport as defined by local and international standards on the recommendation of their respective coaches.
All nominees were screened by selection committees at the campus level, following which, two from each campus were further evaluated by a committee at the University level. On Wednesday, the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year will be named. The event has been underwritten by RBC Trinidad and Tobago as part of its commitment to youth development in the region.
Vice-chancellor Beckles described his vision for the awards: “Sports inspire, motivate and energise us all. These awardees represent the ideal UWI student athlete and the university has a responsibility to celebrate their discipline, talents and excellent performances. It is our hope that creating this opportunity will help pave the way to the university becoming more recognised regionally and internationally as a centre for sports excellence”.
At the ceremony, vice-chancellor Beckles will also honour athletes who have spotlighted the Caribbean region through their sporting accomplishments. Special awards will be presented to former UWI students Jason Holder, current captain of the West Indies Test and One day International (cricket) team and track and field athlete and Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful, Jehue Gordon.
Cricketers Deandra Dottin and Carlos Brathwaite who represented the West Indies during the recent Women’s and Men’s World Cup T20 matches will also receive awards. Dottin is a player on The UWI Cave Hill Blackbirds cricket team, while Brathwaite is a current UWI student, also based at the Cave Hill Campus.
The event can be followed via live stream at http://sta.uwi.edu/streams.