|Former World Champion, Ryan Brathwaite will be among the awardees on??February 2.(FP)|
Some outstanding sportspersons from various disciplines will have their ???moment in time’ this weekend when the eagerly anticipated National Sports Council’s (NSC) Awards Ceremony comes off at the Frank Collymore Hall.
The 30th Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Former Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sir Wes Hall, who is also a Barbados and West Indies cricket icon and a Minister of Religion, will deliver the feature address; while Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, will also speak.
During the night, the coveted Minister’s and Sports Personality of the Year awards will be presented, as well as the Community Award, Media Award, School’s Award, Club Award, Coach of the Year, Emerging Athlete and the Alvin Burgess Award, among others. Several special awards will also be given to some persons who have made noteworthy contributions to sports.
Underscoring the importance of this prestigious awards ceremony which salutes the athletes for their exceptional accomplishments, Director of the National Sports Council, (NSC) Erskine King, said: "The Council could not decide not to have a sports awards ceremony in any one year. People would have worked hard over the year and looked forward to … the culmination of their year with a national sports award. It would be a disconnection between ourselves and the sports people if we took a decision to discontinue the annual awards ceremony even in these harsh economic times.
??"I know there are disappointments when persons don’t get an award. Sometimes some awards are crystal clear, but others are not, and when there is a closeness people say, I thought it would have been so and so. It generates a lot of discussion among the associations and … it is eagerly looked forward to by all sports people."
Corporate Barbados continues to render great assistance to the NSC in the production of the awards ceremony, and Mr. King commended those companies for their public spiritedness. He continued: "There are some sponsors who have been loyal to us and even at this point in 2013 they have come forward. Some of them have been with us for aeons, and as we write them, they not only respond yes, but the cheques are enclosed at the same time and we are grateful to them…"
He promised that the Council would continue to work with Corporate Barbados to ensure the ceremony, which always attracts local, regional and international speakers of merit, maintains its very high standard.