Awards in JA will be great

The inaugural Caribbean Awards Sports Icons will take place on Friday, November 7 at the Pegasus Hotel.

The event seeks to honour outstanding Caribbean sports personalities who have made their mark in the various fields of sports. It is important that the region’s rich sporting legacy is recognised and that those who have contributed to it are duly credited, say organisers.

Jamaican-born Al Hamilton is the architect behind this initiative. He has been extremely passionate about Caribbean sports and has supported numerous events to advance regional sports and sports personalities.

He is the founder of the Commonwealth Sports Awards in London, England, and over the last 27 years, those awards have gained international recognition. Recently, Hamilton served as the vice-chairman and CEO to the ‘First All African Sports Awards’ held in Accra on last year for the government of the Republic of Ghana.

The CASI awards will offer a range of media benefits inclusive of television exposure in 10 countries across the region. It will be a marvellous night with many stars there, including John Barnes, the new coach of the Jamaica football team.

The pre-event launch, the hospitality reception, the on-site branding, and other public relations entitlements will make sponsors involvement truly worthwhile.

Members of the sports media fraternity, National Olympic Committees and National Federations across the region will be integral in the selection of nominees. An oversight board inclusive of Mike Fennell, Grace Jackson and Tony Becca will ensure that expected standards and goals are met.

CASI will be guided by the Caribbean International Sports Icon Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose aims and objectives are:

Preserve and highlight the rich sporting heritage of the Caribbean; educate the population in general and budding sports stars specifically about the legacy of our sports icons; fund and facilitate sports seminars, conferences and workshops geared at building the capacity of Caribbean athletes, officials and administrators; support development camps that will assist in the learning of game fundamentals; help to engender cross-country contacts and relationships between youth sports participants across the region
Awards will be based on accomplishment over the last 60 years.