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Greene ‘ecstatic’ after receiving the nod for PanAm sports nomination

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By
Carlena Knight

Antigua and Barbuda has once again etched its
name in the sporting history books as national sprinter, Cejhae Greene,
has been nominated for an award at the Pan American Sports Awards.

The inaugural event which is scheduled to take
place on December 13th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will see Olympic, World
Champions, rising stars and the most inspirational performances from the Lima
2019 Pan American Games being honoured.

More than 40 athletes and coaches from Lima
2019 have been nominated across nine categories.

 Greene, who was one of two athletes from Antigua and Barbuda
to earn a medal, will be a part of the best inspirational male athlete
category.

The other nominees for the inaugural Panam
Sports Awards are:

Best Male Athlete- Anderson Peters (GRN),
Francisco Barretto (BRA), Mijain Lopez (CUB), Nicholas Paul (TTO), Ruben
Limardo (VEN).

Best Female Athlete- Chloe Dygert (USA),
Delfina Pignatiello (ARG), Paola Longoria (MEX), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM),
Yulimar Rojas (VEN).

Best Men’s Team- Athletics 4x400m Relay (COL),
Baseball (PUR), Basketball (ARG), Beach Volleyball (CHI).

Best Women’s Team – Artistic Swimming (CAN),
Handball (BRA), Hockey (ARG), Softball (USA).

 NextGen (U-20 Male) Alison dos Santos (BRA), Andrew Abruzzo
(USA), Daniel Restrepo (COL), Gabriel Rosillo (CUB), Patricio Font (MEX).

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NextGen (U-20 Female)- Adriana Diaz (PUR),
Daniella Rosas (PER), Delfina Pignatiello (ARG), Evita Griskenas (USA), Katherin
Nuevo (CUB), Yenny Sinisterra (COL).

Changemaker- Marco Oneto (CHI), Mariana Pajon
(COL), Jennifer Dahlgren (ARG), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM).

Panam Sports Values-Claudio Biekarck (BRA),
Julio Castillo (ECU), Krystina Alogbo (CAN), Luis Scola (ARG), Nathan Adrian
(USA) and Best Coach-Deysiana Mena (CRC), Gabriel Aramburu (PER), Ivan Bautista
(MEX), Rolando Acebal (CUB), Stephen Francis (JAM).

Greene, a Pam Am bronze medalist who was
featured on the Good Morning JoJo Sports show on Friday, spoke on how it
feels to be nominated for such an award.

“I am ecstatic, so happy because sometimes we
get so caught up in what we’re doing that you don’t really see how much you’ve
progressed. I mean a couple of years ago I was running fast, but I hadn’t gotten
nominated for such an award, so for the Pan American, for the people in such a
great organisation and such a big spectrum to recognise what this little boy
from Antigua is doing, it brings real joy to my heart and I know most
definitely my family and Antigua as well because as you know, it’s only a
handful of us. How many people are in Antigua, only a hundred thousand of us,
so if we reach there, we’re competing against millions.”

Greene also mentioned what he believes it
takes to be classed in that category.

“I think they look at your past and your
future and what’s been happening. For example, when I went to Panama, I was the
first medalist in like 12 years, so you think about that, over a decade of not
winning anything in itself. It’s like alright he did something. Like something
inspired him and he did something to inspire others now… he already did
something that hadn’t been done in over a decade.

“So, it’s a little bit about your hard work,
going out there and executing and doing your best; actually getting it done and
also being a good role model.”

 Despite
the many accolades, the 24-year old Willikies native says that he is not
swell-headed and remains humble.

“Sometimes I’m a little nonchalant towards it
because in my head I’m still Cejhae, you know, I’m still the boy from Willikies
village. It doesn’t matter who comes up to me, I am still going to greet you
just like Cejhae, so that’s just my natural disposition. Persons would probably
be like ‘oh my gosh that’s Cejhae,’ and in my head I am just like ‘just come
man it’s alright,’ so I just got used to it, I guess.”

Voting for the awards is closed, but persons
interested in watching the live event can do so by logging onto the Panam
Sports Channel on Panamsports.org.

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