UWI Announces Nominees for 2017 Sports Awards

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The second annual Vice-Chancellor’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) takes place on Thursday 25 May, 2017 at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Eleven student athletes from across the University’s four campuses—Cave Hill, Mona, Open and St. Augustine have been nominated, from which one female and one male will receive the top title of Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.

This year the Awards ceremony coincides with the opening ceremony of The UWI Games—a biennial competition in which UWI students compete against each other in 10 different sports over 9 days. Both the Awards ceremony and the opening of the Games will be combined into one celebration of UWI sporting excellence at the Cave Hill Campus and will be streamed live via www.uwi.tv.org or www.cavehill.uwi.edu/videos/livestream from 3:00 p.m. (Barbados time).

The Vice-Chancellor’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards were established in 2016, by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, to honour top student-athletes for their outstanding performance in academics, athletics, service and leadership. Nominees are registered UWI students, recommended by their coaches and organisations for having excelled at the local and international level and having an acceptable grade point average. After an initial screening by campus selection committees, prospects from each campus are sent forward for further evaluation at the university level. Katherine Wynter, a badminton player from The UWI Mona Campus and Chadwick Walton, cricketer from The UWI Cave Hill Campus copped the inaugural awards, last year.

The 2017 nominees are as follows:

Cave Hill Campus

Rieah Holder, Netball

Jairo Lombardo, Football

Akeem Rudder, Hockey


Mona Campus

Shimona Nelson, Netball, Basketball and Javelin

Mark Blake, Volleyball

Open Campus

Esther Ward, Football

Darren Young, Track


St. Augustine Campus

Nyoshia Cain, Track

Catherine Spicer, Table Tennis

Amir Jangoo, Cricket

Vikash Mohan, Cricket


The 2017 UWI Games continue a biennial UWI tradition. This is the major sporting event for the four UWI campuses. It provides one of the few opportunities where students can get together as one University sharing in collective although competitive activity. Over 500 athletes from across the Caribbean will take part in the 10 sporting disciplines (basketball, football, tennis, swimming, table tennis, track and field, volleyball, cricket, netball and 6-a-side hockey) and more than 30 regional sponsors have contributed funding and supplies towards the Games themed: The Making of Champions. The UWI Games also facilitate a major community outreach activity where many of The UWI athletes will mentor juniors from several of Cave Hill’s neighbouring primary schools.

A new feature of this year’s UWI Games is the OneUWI app, designed to take The UWI Games to a wider audience. The app was developed by 24-year-old Theo Taylor, a student in the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at Cave Hill, with the support of department head, Dr Janak Sodha. It enables UWI staff, students, alumni and well-wishers to view athlete profiles and follow the sporting events, results and statistics and more. The OneUWI app is currently accessible on Google Play and will be available for download on Apple iTunes before the tournament starts.

Speaking on the Games, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Deputy Principal of Cave Hill, Professor Clive Landis said, “The Games come on the heels of a plan by The UWI to develop a Faculty of Sport which received official approval when The UWI Council met in Barbados recently”. He added, “It’s the first faculty that the University will be creating in 40 years. I think it can really thrive because in the Caribbean we tend to focus on the academic excellence but we don’t really have the same level of support for the development of the industry that stands behind sporting excellence.”