Cricket, Bodybuilding Dominates Sports Awards

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West Indies, national and All Saints fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph and bodybuilding’s Kimberly Ephraim were, on Sunday night, crowned Male and Female Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for 2016.
The duo was chosen from amongst impressive fields of nominees in their respective divisions and announced at the 2017 Vita Malt National Sports Awards staged at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Joseph, whose only competition came from track & field’s Cejhae Greene, was instrumental in the success of the regional under-19 squad at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2015/16, grabbing a total of 13 wickets in six matches at an economy rate of 3.31.
The Antiguan, who also plays for the Leeward Island’s Hurricanes, then earned his call to the senior Windies team in July of 2016 and had maintained his place in the squad since then.
Meanwhile, Ephraim’s successful 2016 started in August of that year when she emerged winner of the Bikini Championships in the Antigua & Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding & Weightlifting Federation (ABABWF) National Championships.
The athlete went on to win her class at the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Championships held in Santo Domingo one month later. Ephraim then added a silver medal to her 2016 winnings when she competed at the Darcy Beckles Championships held in Barbados in October.
She was given the judge’s nod ahead of track & field’s Jess St John and cricket’s Shawnisha Hector.
In the junior category, tennis’ Aron Fields won the judges’ nod while young and upcoming sprinting sensation, Joella Lloyd was adjudged the top female junior.
Fields, during the 2016 judging year, competed in a number of national, regional and international tournaments including two International Tennis Federation (ITF) competitions.
He captured the singles main draw finals of the St. Lucia Coca Cola ITF in August of 2016. Fields also reached the finals of a number of other ITF hosted competitions but was unlucky not to have brought home the gold medals.
Lloyd has been undoubtedly dominant in 2016, dominating her age category in the Inter-Schools Track & Field Championships with first place finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres while she had similar results in the National Youth Championships.
The student athlete won silver medals in both the 100 and 200 metres at the Senior National Championships before capturing bronze at the Carifta Games held in March. Lloyd then dominated the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Championships held in the BVI, winning the 100, 200 and 400 metres races. She also won medals as part of the 4X100 metres relay and the country’s medley relay team.
The sport of swimming also came in for some recognition from the judges with coach Nelson Molina Fojo and administrator Edith Clashing being named Coach and Official of the Year respectively.
Dominoe’s Seymone Parks was named the Mind Sports Sportsperson of the Year with basketball’s Carlton Broodie receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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