World track and field superstar Usain Bolt has thanked the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA) for naming him the top sportsman in 2015.
Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were named the 2015 male and female athletes in the Caribbean.
“Thanks to the Caribbean Sports Award organized by the Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association for choosing me as the Sports Man of the Year,” said Bolt, who pointed out that he is “honoured” to be chosen.
Meanwhile, in a press release, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller sent congratulatory messages to Bolt and Frater-Pryce.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Jamaicans and World and Olympic sprint champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continue to showcase their dominance on and off the track. The athletes were recently crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year at the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards.
In congratulating Ambassadors Bolt and Fraser-Pryce, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said she was proud of their accomplishments, adding “It is no surprise that Usain and Shelly have copped the major titles at the Caribbean Sports Awards. They have been exceptional athletes and continue to dominate track and field. They are outstanding Ambassadors for Jamaica.”
The Prime Minister also acknowledged and congratulated other Jamaica athletes who were winners. “I wish to congratulate all the other athletes who won in their respective categories. They are extraordinary Jamaicans who have done us proud.” The winners include Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade who along with Bolt won the Male Team of the Year award; Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Fraser-Pryce who were named Female Team of the Year; and Danielle Williams who won the award for Rising Star of the Year.
Jamaicans won five of the six categories in the Caribbean awards.