Nicholas Paul and Michelle Lee Ahye Wins Sportsman and Woman of The Year at TTOC Awards
Hosting the 27th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, the Trinidad and Olympic and Committee has named their heroes and heroines of sport for 2021. The sportsman of the year was somewhat of a no-brainer as cyclist Nicholas Paul have met and exceeded expectations on the track cycling circuit this year. Had it not been for a controversial infringement, Paul would have been an Olympic medalist but nevertheless the Gasparillo cyclist became the first cyclist from T&T to win a silver medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship when he finished second in the men's 1km time trial. Paul won triple gold at UCI Track Cycling Nation Cup in Cali, Colombia, and he won double gold in Germany in the elite men's sprint and keirin event at the Rad-Bundesliga. His performancs on the track this year was nothing short of promising as he has represented so well. "I'd like to thank the TTOC for giving me the award for 2021, it was a great achievement and thank you very much."
Michelle-Lee Ahye took the women's honour as she was named the Sportswoman of the Year. With accomplishments such as 8th place in the world in the women's 100m event, it was also expected that the national record holder would tip the scale in her favour. She had accomplishments such as third place in the women's 100m semi-final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, gold in the 100m finals, Irving California, gold in the women's 100m final (Poland), Gold in women's 4x100 final (Budapest, Hungary) and gold in 100m final in Italy. "It's an honour to receive the Sportswoman of The Year 2021 from TTOC. Thank you everyone for your support, I appreciate it."
Quarter miler Raeanne Serville picked up TTOC's Junior Sportswoman of the Year while swimmer Nikolai Blackman picked up the Junior Sportsman of the year. Olympic debutant Tyra Gittens was named the Sports Personality of the Year while West Indies bowler and world record holder for most five-wicket hauls, Anisa Mohammed, was given the Future is Female award.