CIAA names top athletes of 2006

Kemar Hyman and Cydonie Mothersill were the big winners among the Cayman Islands Athletic Association Athletes of the Year Nominees.

Hyman was the unanimous choice for the Junior Male Athlete of the Year. In the 2006 Season he made it to the second round of both the 100m and 200m at the World Juniors Championships. In a year in which he ended up sharing the country’s Junior 100m title and establishing a new Junior Male 200m time along with a fourth place finish in the 200m at this year’s CAC Jrs. Championships and a 6th place finish in the Under 20 100m at the Carifta Games, in addition to being a member of the 4x100m Relay team that established a New National Junior record for the event prior to earning bronze at the CAC Jrs. Championships, young Hyman copped the coveted Overall Male Athlete of the Year title in close balloting with National High Jump record holder Omar Wright of Rice University.

Mothersill was, as has become the norm, the hands down winner of the Senior Female Athlete of the Year and her performances at this year’s Commonwealth Games, where she finished fourth, along with her establishing a new National 100m record for women and being a member of the gold medal winning Americas team at this year’s IAAF World Cup were enough to see her edging Alexandra Terry and Ashleigh Nalty for the top prize of Overall Female Athlete of the Year.

Eight year old Jouri Haylock triple gold medals and one bronze medal at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Meet in St. Lucia capped a brilliant season of running and clearly was deciding factor in his capturing the Male Youth Athlete of the Year award over the seasoned campaigner, Travis Webb. In the girls equivalent Chantelle Morrison edged Ashleigh Nalty, with whom she shared the award last year, to the top spot. Morrison’s Season, which was plagued by injuries, saw her capturing the Under 13 Girls 100m title at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Meet. The twelve year old also ran a Carifta Games qualifying team at a local Meet but due to age considerations was passed over for those Championships. She crowned her Season by taking Silver at the US Jr. Olympics.

Gold at the CAC Jrs. and Silver at the Carifta Games made 14 year old Alexandra Terry the unanimous choice for the Junior Female Athlete of the Year and a serious rival to Mothersill for the overall title.

Omar Wright’s new National High Jump record of 2.17m was enough for him to take the Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award from Michael Letterlough, who established a new National Record of 184’8′ for the Men’s Hammer Throw.

In the Most Improved Athlete of the Year young Kristen Dixon, one of an outstanding crop of Under 15 girls, outdistanced two of her age-group rivals to take the award.

The CIAA’s Award Dinner & Presentation Ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th January 2007 at the Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay, commencing at 7:30pm.

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