VC’s 2018 Sportswoman and man revealed!

VC’s 2018 Sportswoman and man revealed!

Luz L VC  Brittany Joseph  - Awardee  Sir Everton Weekes  Fedrick Dacres - Awardee  Celia DF  PVC Dale Webber - Principal Mona Amanda Reifer - Director of Sport

The Vice Chancellor’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards took place at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, UWI Cave Hill on October 19, 2018. Fedrick Dacres from the Mona Campus and Brittany Joseph from the St. Augustine Campus took the top prizes.

This the third year that this special award is being held. Exceptional athletes from across the institution were nominated by their Directors of Sports, coaches and staff from the Faculty of Sport. The Vice Chancellor emphasized that the UWI can is able to prepare individuals to become leaders in sport as well as sport related fields such as sports medicine, sports psychology and sports management and research, coaching, conditioning experts and sports physiotherapists.

The 2018 Nominees were:

Cave Hill

  • Mr Kavem Hodge – Cricket (Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Mr. Orlando Husbands – Chess (Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Ms. Cadijah Mars – Football (Social Sciences)

Mona

  • Mr Fedrick Dacres – Discuss event (Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Ms. Jodean Williams – Track and Field (Faculty of Humanities and Education)

Open

  • Mr. Theron Francis – Basketball (Social Sciences)
  • Mr. Jamal James – Cricket (Humanities and Education)

St. Augustine

  • Amir Jangoo- Cricket (Food and Agriculture)
  • Jordon Reynos – Hockey (Social Sciences)
  • Brittany Joseph – Table Tennis (Social Sciences)

The Director of Alumni Relations of the UWI, Celia Davidson Francis, noted that “ Students are our future alumni and sports is one of the pillars that bind both students and alumni alike in support of their alma mater and that this special event is one which bonds both students and graduates through sport”.

2018 SPORTSWOMAN – BRITTANY JOSEPH

She has received numerous medals at a national level representing her country. She led the Table tennis team that that shattered their opponents at The UWI Games in Cave Hill, last year. In 2017 alone she

  • Placed 3rd at the Classified championships
  • Placed 2nd at the Silver Bowl championship
  • At the Senior championship (singles) – 1st place
    • Mixed doubles – 1st place
    • Women team -1st place
    • Women’s doubles – 2nd place
  • National Under 21 Junior singles – 1st place
  • Tobago Open Championship – 3rd place
  • Super Singles Championship – 1st place

Beating some of the top athletes around the world at the World University Games held in Taiwan left a lasting impression on her opponents. This among other top performances led to her nomination to a national award and is testament of her continued high performance. Her number #1 ranking both as under 21 and senior category, earned her the qualification to the CAC games in 2018. Her phenomenal form has continued into 2018, by winning the Women’s Single in the first national tournament for the year.

Additionally, her passion for volunteerism started while she was young and this passion continues as she shares her love for table tennis. She teaches the game to the children at the San Juan Boys’ and Girls' Government Primary School in Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently pursuing a degree in Management Studies with a minor in Sports Management, and holds an excellent Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.72.

SPORTSMAN - FEDRICK DACRES

He is responsible, disciplined, easygoing, well-liked, and gets along well with his peers. He is known to be very jovial, always willing to do whatever is asked of him, and to have a fun personality. He also knows the importance of holistic development for an athlete - and so on campus he is a model student at Irvine Hall, and is very involved in hall life. In addition to excelling as an athlete, he has also remained consistent in his studies and maintains a good GPA. His ability to balance both academia and sports has been praised by faculty and coaches alike. His major is sociology and his minor is social psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Importantly as well, he gives back by visiting and motivating students of his High School: Calabar and is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston, as well as an Advisor of Irvine Hall at Mona.

He represents The University of the West Indies, Mona and Jamaica regionally, nationally and internationally. His performance in the Discus event has been improving steadily over the past few years and in 2017, he broke the national record creating a new mark of 69.67 metres.

In 2017, he also won his first Diamond League event and became the first Jamaican to win the Diamond League Discus event and to win an international throwing event. He continued his outstanding performances in 2017 by placing fourth at the World championship, missing the podium by only a minute distance. He was crowned the Jamaica National Champion in Discus at the 2017 Sports Awards. He is now the World Number One Commonwealth Champion and the World Continental Cup Champion.

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