JAMAICAN SPRINTERS Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were last night (Jan 15) presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.
“I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season,” Usain said in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season.”
It is the sixth Sportsman of the Year award Usain has picked up, after taking home the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 gongs, while Shelly-Ann, who also won in 2012 and 2013, picked up her third.
Shelly-Ann, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award.
“I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes,” she said.
The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
“Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” she added.