Ayesha Champagnie of St Andrew Technical (STATHS); Was Nominated for the youth athletes Howard Aris Award and the Howard Aris/Scotiabank Scholarships.
(From left) Simone Walker, director of marketing, Scotiabank Group; Warren Blake, president of JAAA; Lana Forbes, director of sales, Scotia Insurance; and Garth Gayle, general secretary of JAAA in discussion at the Golden Cleat Awards press briefing at Scotia Centre yesterday.
Meanwhile, three females and seven males make up the youth athletes list for the Howard Aris Award and the Howard Aris/Scotiabank Scholarships.
The female nominees are Ayesha Champagnie of St Andrew Technical (STATHS); Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and Shanice Love of Excelsior.
On the male side are Demar Gayle (Edwin Allen); Marvin Williams (STETHS); Jevaughn James (STETHS); Christopher Taylor (Calabar); Clayton Brown (Jamaica College); O’Brian Waysome (Jamaica College) and Kevin Nedrick (Petersfield).
The Howard Aris Award — established in memory of the late former JAAA president — recognises junior athletes who represent the country with distinction in non-traditional events, while the Howard Aris/Scotiabank Scholarships award is based on athletic and scholastic ability and are valued at $250,000 to assist the athletes as they pursue a tertiary level education.
Â “This year our athletes have done us very proud both at the junior and the senior level and we are very pleased that Scotiabank continues to support this award. The funds garnered from this function are going to be used towards the benefit of track and field by procuring well-needed equipment, so our athletes can continue to shine not only on the local stage but also on the international stage,” said Blake.
Lana Forbes, director of sales at Scotia Insurance, pointed out that the association with the JAAA provides an opportunity for her organisation to give back to the athletic fraternity.
Scotiabank will also engage the public in the awards via their Facebook page where track and field enthusiasts can vote for their athlete of the year. However, it was not confirmed if those votes will be included in the selection process.he year. However, it was not confirmed if those votes will be included in the selection process.