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Deadline Draws Near, But Only One Association Submits Nominations For Sports Awards

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By
Neto Baptiste

The Ministry of Sports, up to midday Monday,
had received nominations for this year’s National Sports Awards from only one
association.

This is according to Director of Sports Heather Samuel-Daley who, with just
days to go before the close of nominations, urged the sporting bodies to finalise
and make their submissions.

“So far, we have only had one nomination form
in, and it’s for bodybuilding, but we have had numerous calls from associations
enquiring and trying to verify certain things of which we were able to do. I
know that many of the associations are doing their forms and so on, so I am
hoping that they can meet the deadline because we will not be accepting
anything after Friday,” she said.

The Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding
& Weightlifting Federation, the only body to have made submissions, named
IFBB Elite Professionals, Bernard
Percival
and Sher-Rhonda Braithwaite
as their male and female nominees for this his year.

However, Daley is not too alarmed, calling the
delayed submissions a “norm”.

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“It’s the norm really, but what I don’t want
is to be waiting here [Ministry of Sports] until after three on Friday because
on Friday the office closes at three. We have done that in the past that we are
waiting here at 3:30 pm until 4 pm, waiting for persons to bring the forms and
that is why we painstakingly send out that information since early September.
We have done follow up calls, we have done follow up emails, we have called
persons personally to verify whether or not they had received the forms and
yes, they were able to confirm,” the Director said. 

The former national track athlete revealed
also that two associations had long indicated they would not be making any
submissions this year.

“They have done some things in terms of
training and so on but they have not had any competition but they indicated
that — table tennis and handball — they are not sending in anything. I will
give another update by Monday. What I usually do is get all of the information
and send [it] to the Minister [Daryll
Matthew
] so he is aware as to how many nominations from the associations we
have received,” she said. 

The 2019 Vita Malt National Sports Awards is
scheduled for February 15th 2020 at a venue to be announced. Swimmer Stefano Mitchell and shot put athlete Jess St John were the male and female
senior winners for 2018.

Tiger
Tyson

of sailing copped the junior male award, while Soniya Jones was the junior female winner. Edith Clashing of swimming was the official of the year while Marlon Mack from athletics was the
coach of the year.

Basketball’s Carlton Brodie won the top
administrator award with Jason King
of domino named the senior sportsman of the year. The Antigua and Barbuda
Basketball Association captured the association of the year accolade.

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