K Panthers-Roberts collect Top Female Athlete
Roberts collects the Top Female Athlete of the year award on behalf of her sister Khemani Roberts from Garth Nichols (right), President of the Tobago Athletic Committee
World Junior finalist Dwight St. Hilaire and heptathlete Khemani Roberts won the Male and Female Athlete of the year honours at the Kaizen Panthers Athletic Club's inaugural Awards at Coco Cafe, Crown Point on Sunday, December 11.
St. Hilaire was a member of T&T's men's 4x400m team which finished sixth in the finals at the 2016 World Under 20 Track and Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July. The 19 year old ran the second leg and clocked a split of 46.9, the second fastest on the team. The Bishops High student qualified for the World 20 Championships after his fourth place finish in the boys under 20 400m finals at the National Junior Championships at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, clocking a personal best of 48.02. St. Hilaire was also third in the 200m finals (21.58), another personal best. The Belle Garden resident's efforts were remarkable as he missed out of season due to injury.
Roberts took the Top Female Athlete of the year ahead of Carifta bronze medallist Anya Akili. Roberts won the girls under 20 high jump (1.70), long jump (5.44) and 400m (57.44) at the National Junior Champs and also was third in the shot put (10.88). The Signal Hill Secondary graduate was outstanding in the girls under 20 heptathlon breaking the national record on three occasions. Roberts first improved the national mark to 4539 points in winning the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor title for her school, Coppin State University. She later raised the score to 4790 in taking the IC4A/ECAC Conference Crown. Her third record in the event came when she tallied 4957 in her second place at the National Senior Champs. Robert won gold for Trinidad and Tobago in the girls under 20 heptathlon (4841) at the Pan American Combined Cup in Toronto, Canada . St. Hilaire and Roberts were also the top under 20 athletes for 2016.
Akili was the top under 18 performer in both track and field after copping bronze in the girls open heptathlon at the Carifta Games with a score of 4471 points and also was a quadruple winner at the National Secondary Schools and the National Junior Championships. At both meet the Bishops High School student won the the girls under 18 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and long jump events. Akili won the girls under 18 pentathlon title at the Pan American Combined Cup in a new national record of 4483 points. Ako Hislop was the most outstanding under 18 boys in track and Franklyn Stanlislaus took the honours in the field. Hislop was fourth in the 110m hurdles and 4x100m relays at the Carifta Games. The Bishops High School also secured four titles (100m/200m/100mH/400mH) at the Tobago Secondary School Championships. Stanisclaus was tenth in the Carifta boys under 18 high jump finals and captured the Tobago Schools title.
Safiya John secured the top girls under 16 track and field honour. The Scarborough student was double champion (high jump and long jump) at the National Secondary Schools champs. She was also a double winner (long jump, javelin) National Junior Champs and won four titles (long jump, high jump, 00m, 100mH) crowns at the Tobago Schools Champs.
The Kaizen Panthers was formed in December 2015 and in its one year of existence was the top club at the National Junior Championships winning 30 medals (14 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze). Five members were selected on the T&TCarifta team (Akili, John, Hislop, Stanislaus and Kerlon Ashby). Akili, Roberts and Ashby competed at the Pan American Combined Events Cup with Akili and Roberts returning with gold while Ashby was seventh in the Junior men's decathlon.
Athletes of the Year: Dwight St. Hillaire (Male); Khemani Roberts (Female)
Most improved Juvenile: Micah Stafford (Male)
U16-Shaquille Benjamin & Darion Ottley (Male); Shanika Belfon (Female)
U18-Darion-Phillips (Male); Nkoni Morrison (Female)
U20-Jonathan Baker & Kerlon Ashby (Male); Jamellia Potts (Female)
Most Outstanding Juvenile Male: Jaabir Taylor (Track); Tyrique Dennis (Field)
Most Outstanding U16
Male: Justin Guy & Jy'll Roberts (Track); Kelsey Daniel (Field)
Female: Safiya John (Track and Field)
Most Outstanding U18
Male: Ako Hislop (Track); Franklyn Stanislaus (Field)
Female: Anya Akili (Track and Field)
Most Outstanding U20
Male:Dwight St. Hillaire (Track); Jonathan Hazelwood (Field)
Female:Khemani Roberts (Track and Field)
Most Outstanding Open
Male: Nicholas Douglas (Track)
Photos courtesy: DERWIN JOHN/Kaizen Panthers
Taken at the Kaizen Panthers Athletic Club's inaugural Awards at Coco Cafe, Crown Point on Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools'
Track & Field Association
K Panthers-Kerlon Ashby
Kerlon Ashby (left) is recognised for competing at the Carifta Games and the Pan Amercian Combined Cup. Coach Reon John (right) presents Ashby with his trophy
K Panthers-Micah Stafford
Micah Stafford (left), the Most Improved Juvenile Athlete for 2016 collects his award from coach Kwesi Toney
K Panthers-Anya Akili
Anya Akili (left) collects the Top Under 18 Female award from Dawn Washington, NAAA Director
K Panthers-Inspirational Performer
Anya Akili (left) won the Most Inspirational Performance. Richard Mc Farlane (right) presents Akili with her award.
K Panthers-Dwight St. Hilaire
Dwight St. Hilaire (left) was voted the top Male Athlete for 2016. St. Hilaire collects his award from the club's head coach Arlon Morrison (right)
K Panthers-Shanika Belfon
Shanika Belfon (left) wins the Most Improved Female trophy. Belfon collects her prize from club coach Kwesi Toney.