Organisations such as Friends of Football, Masters and Celebrities and World Sports International teamed up to contribute football gear to Barbican FC and Boys’ Town FC during a brief handing over ceremony at Barbican Complex last Friday.Also involved in the sponsorship of the gear were musicians Dean Fraser, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Lloyd Plummer of England.In making the handing-over to the clubs, organiser Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell said it is a continuation of their generosity to the sport.”We have always contributed gear to Boys’ Town, and following a promise last year, we also included Barbican. We have made the contribution to the clubs because they need it more than some other clubs,” Campbell told The Gleaner.”Because of the economic situation in the country, the support is not great at the club level. We need to do what we can to help the sport, so our organisation will continue to do what we can,” he added.In response, Andrew Price, Boys’ Town’s Premier League coach, said the gear will go a long way in assisting the club.”We’re very elated. They have been doing it for several years. A set of gear cost approximately $150,000, and this helps us a lot. They have always supported us and we truly appreciate that,” Price said.
Sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “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 … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, 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. 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,” said Fraser-Pryce. “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.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.