Chairman of the Courtney Walsh Award selection committee, Brian George, suggested that as the prestigious Award evolves, teams could be considered as possible candidates for selection. George pointed to the Sunshine Girls as an example of a team that truly epitomised the values and character of the Courtney Walsh Award, which is hosted by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. “As we talk about the harmonious development and contribution to country, and we consider the values of what the Courtney Walsh award stands for, teams such as the Sunshine Girls come to mind … . They are examples that truly epitomise the values and character of what the Courtney Walsh Award represents. I hope the committee will consider this going forward,” said George. He added that sports should represent fair play and respect for others. “Sports is more than just about winning and achieving great results on the field, but should represent fair play, respect for others and respect for the rules and harmonious development and contribution to a country,” the selection committee chairman pointed out at the 11th annual opening of nominations for the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. The launch took place at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston last Thursday. In appealing to the wider community to send in nominations, George urged them not to always look for the obvious choice or be seduced into thinking that it is a popularity award, but rather to select someone in the sporting field who genuinely represents the characters of sportsmanship set out in the criteria for selection. Minister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said she noted with pride that apart from the resilience and excellence being displayed among our athletes, there was also the growing trend of humility, which was one of the main criteria for selection in the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. “It’s not about the beating of the chest, but being grateful to God, to their coaches and managers for guiding them this far,” noted Neita-Headley. She also expressed her gratitude to CHASE for partnering in the process of celebrating excellence in sports. outstanding achievement The criteria for selection stipulate that the awardee must be Jamaican and possess qualities that include a history of outstanding achievement in their chosen sport, with notable achievements in the calendar year preceding the award; a spirit of sportsmanship and goodwill; appropriate leadership skills; appropriate deportment, a high level of discipline and integrity, both inside and outside of the sports arena and humility even in the face of victory. The winner of the award will receive $500,000 and an exquisitely designed crystal trophy. Male and female athletes at the secondary level will again be recognised with an award at this year’s ceremony for both academic and sporting achievements. The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners will be presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies. Nominations for the award close on September 18, with the award ceremony taking place on October 15 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The selection committee includes Mike Fennell, president, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA); Horace G. Helps, senior journalist; Compton Rodney, JOA; Don Anderson, chairman, Institute of Sports; Dr Walton Small, president, ISSA; Donovan Bennett, secretary, Jamaica Cricket Association; and representing CHASE, Saleem Lazarus, Dr Winston Dawes and Fae Ellington.
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ALDS: Cleveland’s lack of experience means little in an opening rout of New York. By Tom Withers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND – At times, it looked like 1995 again. Or 1997. Or 1954. Or 1948. Back in the playoffs after a six-year absence, the Cleveland Indians came out swinging like Octobers past. C.C. Sabathia recovered after giving up a homer on his fifth pitch, Kenny Lofton drove in four runs and Cleveland homered four times to stun the New York Yankees, 12-3, in their AL playoff opener Thursday night. On an unusually warm night that felt more Indian summer than fall, the AL Central champions looked as though they just might be the team to beat as they chase their first World Series title in 59 years. “They just were hitting everything,” Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said. “Even their outs were hard.” A-Rod will have to wait at least another day to repair his tarnished postseason image. Sabathia and three Cleveland relievers silenced his powerful bat. Today, the Yankees turn to Andy Pettitte, who is 14-9 in postseason play. Fausto Carmona, Cleveland’s other 19-game winner, will oppose him. “Let’s just get over it and lick our wounds and then we’ll figure it out,” New York manager Joe Torre said. The Indians’ playoff inexperience was never a factor. Cleveland’s kids were all right. “They just went out there and played the game,” said Lofton, a postseason veteran. “You don’t have to have a whole lot of experience to understand that the game hasn’t changed. That’s what I’ve been talking to the guys about: Go out there and play baseball.” Playoff newcomer Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and rookie Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo shot off ineffective starter Chien-Ming Wang. Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko homered later, and the Indians knocked the Bronx Bombers flat. The 40-year-old Lofton raced around the bases they way he did in two previous stints with Cleveland. Casey Blake added two RBIs for the Indians, energized by a towel-waving crowd eager for more. A few Cleveland fans even turned on Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, a devoted New York fan who boldly came to Jacobs Field wearing a Yankees cap. Early on, fans sitting near James behind home plate chanted “Take off the cap,” and by the sixth inning, he did. When Hafner’s homer off Ross Ohlendorf gave the Indians a 10-3 lead, James turned to his entourage and ordered an exit. The Yankees, 6-0 against the Indians during the regular season, went nearly as fast. Down, 4-3, in the fifth, they managed only a meaningless, two-out single in the ninth after Cleveland broke away. “We needed to stop them,” said Johnny Damon, who hit a disputed homer leading off the game. “We couldn’t stop their offense. Everything they were hitting went out of the park. You definitely don’t want to see that happen in the first game.” Indians manager Eric Wedge, another playoff first-timer, was prepared to ride Sabathia as long as needed. If that meant 120 or 130 pitches, Wedge was willing to let his left-hander push his limit. Wedge never could have imagined that would come after five innings. Not only did Sabathia, who entered 1-7 with a 7.13 ERA in his career against New York, have to deal with New York’s awesome lineup, but plate umpire Bruce Froemming’s strike zone was paper thin for the left-hander, who battled through 114 pitches, allowing three runs and four hits in five innings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!