It was glitz and glamour at La Casa Palmidita on Thursday evening as the top athletes in every sporting discipline were honored for their outstanding performances for 2017 at the 26th edition of the National Sports awards, but it would be Kimberly Ephraim, Cejhae Greene, Tamesha Thomas and Tiger Tyson who would shine the brightest.
Ephraim, hailing from the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding Weightlifting Federation (ABABWF), was named the Sportswoman of the Year for the second consecutive year while track star Greene claimed the Sportsman of the Year award for the first time.
The bikini fitness titan, after winning her Bikini Open class for the fifth consecutive time, was the first Antiguan to win the Bikini Tall Class category at the Darcy Beckles Invitational in Barbados.
Sprint sensation, Cejhae Greene, who holds a decorative collegiate portfolio on and off the track, was the only individual athlete to qualify for the World Athletics Championships in London and is a part of the 4x100m relay team that ranks in the top 16 in the world in 2017.
Tamesha Thomas stunned the sporting elite as the first-ever fencing athlete to be crowned the Junior Sportswoman of the Year.
Thomas, who hails from the Princess Margaret School (PMS), was the first National Foil champion and was the youngest participant in the World Fencing tournament at age 15 where she became the first Antiguan to gain a world ranking.
The young athlete rose above a competitive field comprising of 2016 winner, Joella Lloyd, to gain the illustrious award.
Undisputedly, Tiger Tyson claimed the Junior Sportsman of the Year award.
Tyson, who hails from the newly formed Kiteboarding Association, won the North American and Caribbean championship qualifying for the World Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October.
The newly-formed Draughts Association had much to celebrate as Bernard Willock claimed the Sportsman of the year award for mind games.
Willock who is the
first-ever nominee of the Association, was crowned champion of the Ministry of Culture Antigua Carnival tournament.
Other awardees of the night included: Emma Guevera-Martin hailing from the Swimming Federation as Administrator of the Year and Marlon Mack of the Athletics Association as Coach of the Year.
The Swimming Federation was named the Administration of the Year while the Club of the Year award went to Liberta Blackhawks.