Olympic javelin bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott and 100 metres sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye scooped
the top prizes of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively at the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee (TTOC) annual awards gala.
Walcott, the country's only medallist at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and Ahye, who was
fifth in the women's 100m final, received their awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain.
The 23-year-old javelin star secured gold in the event at London 2012 and threw 85.38m to finish third at Rio 2016.
Akeem Stewart, winner of a gold and silver medal at the Paralympic Games, was named the
TTOC's Sports Personality of the Year.
Stewart threw 57.32m to clinch the javelin F44 title and also earned silver in the discus
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach gave an address at the annual awards
gala, praising the TTOC for their work over the past year and urging them to maintain their
progress in 2017 and beyond.
TTOC President Brian Lewis claimed the organisation "continues to evolve as the role and
responsibilities of National Olympic Committees have changed dramatically in recent years". Lewis
also outlined the body's achievements in recent years, such as the launch of the
#10golds24 programme, aimed at helping the country win 10 Olympic gold medals by the 2024
"For 70 years, the TTOC, non-profit- non governmental and volunteer based, has afforded
tremendously talented sons and daughters of this wonderful and passionate twin island republic, AKA
Trinidad and Tobago, to express that God given talent on the world's biggest sporting stage – the
Olympic Games," Lewis said.
"In so doing brand Trinidad and Tobago, our national flag and national anthem are seen and heard in
a most powerful and positive manner to a global audience.
"Olympic House has sort to radically transform and evolve into a new and modern sport organisation
that is athlete-centred, market driven and service based with a relentless focus on transparency,
accountability and good governance.
"We have had our failures and made mistakes.
"But we have learned and grown and have become better for it."