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Usain Bolt & Veronica Campbell Brown Win Sportsman & Sportswoman Of The Year Awards

Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell Brown were announced last night as the 2011 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Two-time previous winner Bolt had been up against a group which included runner-up Yohan Blake, Lerone Clarke and Asafa Powell; cricketer Marlon Samuels and boxer Nicholas Walters.

Campbell Brown, who also won the award in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and was named the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) female athlete of the year, had been up against a group which included runner-up and cricketer Stafanie Taylor, boxer Alicia Ashley, swimmer Alia Atkinson, and fellow athletes Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker.

Special Awards were presented to ParaPan American Games discus gold medallist Alphonso Cunningham; World Youth Championships discus gold medallist Frederick Dacres; 100m gold and 200m silver medallist Odail Todd; long jump winner Chanice Porter; World University Games gold medallists O’Dayne Richard, Carrie Russell, Anneisha McLaughlin, Rasheed Dwyer, Hansel Parchment and Jacques Harvey.

The People’s Choice Performance of the Year prize went to Asafa Powell for his 10.08 seconds win in the men’s 100m at the National Championships in June.

Late JAAA president Howard Aris was the posthumous recipient of the Chairman’s Award for his long, distinguished and meritorious service to Jamaica’s sports. Aris died suddenly in November 2011.

Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Grace Foods Signs On As Official Nutrition Sponsor Of The JAAA

GraceKennedy CEO, Don Wehby, announced yesterday that Grace Foods have signed on as official nutrition sponsors of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), with a commitment to donate a minimum of J$5 million to the association, as well as provide nutrition education for athletes.

Grace Foods’ partnership deal with the JAAA will see Jamaicans playing a key role in the final amount of money that is given to the JAAA, which can exceed $5 million, but will be no less. From yesterday through through to June 2012, Grace Foods and Services will donate to the JAAA, 10 cents from the sale of every can of Grace vienna sausages, Grace five-and-a-half ounce mackerel, Grace corned beef, every pack of Grace franks, every ounce of Grace tropical rhythms, Grace cock soup and Grace tomato ketchup. These are Grace’s most popular products.

Grace Foods and Services will also partner with the JAAA to provide nutritional education and meal planning to the athletics community across Jamaica. There will also be support for Jamaica’s Olympic contingent at the 2012 London Olympics later this year, as Grace Foods will assist with the preparation and provision of meals at Jamaica’s pre-Olympic training camp in Birmingham. It is hoped that this will help to prevent the problem that arose at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea last year, where some Jamaican athletes severely criticized the type and quality of food that was made available to then.

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Filed under: General | Tags: , | No Comments »