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Tomorrow a total of 54 athletes (29 men
and 25 women) will know which of them
will wear the title of Sportsman and Sports
woman of the year 2015.
The nominated hopefuls which will
proudly represent their respective sporting
association during the annual event.
The First Citizens Sports Foundation, under
the Distinguished Patronage of His Excellency,
President of the Republic of T&T, Dr Anthony
Carmona will stage the annual sports awards
ceremony at Queen s Hall, Port-of-Spain,
tomorrow evening from 8 pm.
Setting high standards and raising the bar.
In a nutshell, that is what Christopher George
did en route to establishing himself as T&T s
premier judoka and holding his own against
Of course, there was more to it than that,
but there was no doubting that these two
factors are amongst the ingredients for sus-
taining his success. He captured titles at two
judo tournaments in New York City: the
Jason Morris Cup and the Big Apple Classic.
At the Quebec Open in Montreal, he earned
a bronze medal in the over-100 kg division,
along with Canadian Ignacio Rodriguez and
behind titlist Nedjo Sarenac (Canada) and
Rafael Ferrer (Puerto Rico).
George, who also represented Trinidad
and Tobago in the 100 kg division at the
World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan,
the Pan American Games in Toronto and
the Pan American Judo Championships in
Edmonton, re-asserted his domestic repu-
tation by winning his class at the national
Para athlete Stewart looking to shine among the best
2015 FCB SPORTS AWARDS
Rooted in Chinese Shaolin boxing from the sixth-
century, used as a mode of defense by residents of
Okinawa around 1500, transferred to Japan in the
1920s by Funakoshi Gichin and refined into its different,
competitive derivatives, karate is both an exercise in
discipline and an opportunity for individuals to establish
their own credentials as elite fighters.
These include the likes of Edward Rajmoolie, who
experienced a tremendous breakthrough year in 2015.
At the inaugural Caribbean Karate Federation Cham-
pionships in Paramaribo, Suriname, he earned a trio
of bronze medals in the individual kata and 75 kg
kumite, plus the team kumite event with Trinidad
He then followed this up with another bronze medal
---in the kumite -- at the Curacao Open.
The 26-year old also enhanced his local standing
by winning the title in his section at the TTKU Cham-
pionships and earning a silver medal at a TTKU-sanc-
tioned competition, last July.
Dr Nicole Lambie
Within every society and discipline, there are those
individuals and entities that set the standards for cre-
ativity, innovation and excellence. The karate scene
within this country definitely fits within this mould.
Dr Nicole Lambie is one of the doyennes of this
sport in T&T and there is still no letting up for her
competition, both within this twin-isle nation as well
She captured the women s kata title at the Caribbean
Championships in Paramaribo, Suriname, last June,
ahead of teammate Tamara Joseph.
She later followed up this effort by winning another
gold medal in the women s kata at the Curacao Open
Lambie, who has performed with the chac-chac
as part of the parang group, Los Parranderos de UWI,
also let her hands---and her feet---do the talking in
domestic tournaments. She maintained her standing
by capturing the gold medal in the women s kata at
the TTKU Championships on March 28.
It is pretty interesting to note that the game of
netball was actually invented in the USA before being
introduced to England in 1895 and becoming a staple
within the British Commonwealth.
One of the discipline s major gatherings is the INF
World Cup and it was at last year s edition in Australia,
that T&T s veteran, Rhonda John-Davis, lavished the
spotlight. In her fifth, consecutive appearance at this
event and achieving a record 156 caps, she helped her
team to ninth-place in a competition in which victories
were recorded over Barbados, Zambia, Singapore,
Samoa and Scotland. She finished the tournament as
the leader in goal assists.
Davis, who also represented T&T in a tournament
involving England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland
and South Africa, earned kudos at the end of the All-
Sectors Netball League s Premiership Division com-
petition; she was named to the league s All-Star Team
and was recognised as the Most Valuable Player for
her team, Police.
Overcoming challenges is at the very heart of com-
petitive sports; for athletes with disabilities, the obstacles
may extend beyond the lines of the field of action -
making their successes all the more special.
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