This evening’s RJRGLEANER National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2018 event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel.
Now this event is probably Jamaica’s most prestigious awards ceremony. Yes, there is the National honours awards every October on National Heroes Day but this RJRGLEANER sports awards gig attracts more glitz and glamour. It’s Jamaica’s Oscar’s.
So it was quite surprising to read that the guest speaker for this glorious event will be Asaf Ahmad, British High Commissioner to Jamaica.
If there was need for a UK based guest speaker then the organisers should have considered far more suitable options such as the likes of David Lammy MP, former sport stars such as Jeremy Guscott (rugby), Denise Lewis, Darren Campbell, Colin Jackson, Kriss Akabusi (athletics), Lennox Lewis (boxing) or Dr Mark Prince. All of whom are well known and respected after dinner speakers.
Does any representative of the current UK government deserve such a prestigious Jamaican platform?
Given the ongoing Windrush scandal, it’s just poor judgement by the organisers to have asked the local representative of Theresa May’s government to be the main speaker at an event full of Jamaican champions past and present. The hostile environment culture developed by the UK government towards Jamaicans is still there despite the current PR charm offensive by Mr Ahmad on local soil.
Best of luck to all the nominees and special award recipients.
At 16 years of age, her achievements at the junior world stage, may deem her ineligible for tonight’s top award. But my Jamaican Sportsperson of 2018 is indeed Briana Williams.