BAPTISTE WINS ALL AWARDS IN 2011
Tobago and Trinidad and Tobago's sprint sensation Kelly-Ann Baptiste added another accolade to her long list of achievements.
She was crowned Sports-woman of the Year at the gala First Citizen's Sports Foundation Awards Ceremony completing a clean sweep of all major awards for the 2011 season.
She had already captured the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Association and National Amateur Athletic Administration Sports-woman of the Year awards.
As expected her triumph was no surprise as she was by far the most outstanding female sports personality for 2011.
She won a number of high-profile 100m events in 2011 including a victory against the top class Jamaican sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown, but the icing on the cake was her superb performance at the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, North Korea where she won a bronze medal and was the only medallist for the Trinidad and Tobago contingent.
She also dipped below the 11 seconds barrier on a number of occasions.
The Zenith sprinter Sportswoman of the Year title puts her among an elite group of Tobago athletes who have captured the award, some of whom won the award when it was the WITCO Sports Award, including Elizabeth Dennis-Baird, Claude Noel Josanne Lucas and Renny Quow.
Two other Tobagonians earned their respective Associations nomination for the awards. They were Karyn Forbes – football and Yohansey Williams – lawn tennis.
The Sportsman of the Year was won by Roger Daniel, a pistol shooter from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
The Youth version of the event was hosted five days earlier on February 3 at the same venue.
There was only one Tobagonian among the 16 boys and 18 girls nominees but he was not able to make an impression on the selection committee. He was Elan Mendez, a very talented lawn tennis player who had an excellent season last year that resulted in an ITF title and a number of local titles.