In absentia

December 14, 2015
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Olympians Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Stephen Francis

Though unable to collect their male and female awards in person at Saturday night's Scotiabank-Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Golden Cleats Awards ceremony, megastars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gushed with pride and expressed gratitude following their wins. The decorated sprinters video recorded.

"For me, it feels great and it makes me want to work even harder," Bolt said.

"What makes this win special for me ... it was a tough, trying season with lots of ups and downs. This one means a lot more because I put in a lot of hard work to get back to where I needed to be so I could win this award, so for me it's a big one."

Fraser-Pryce, who outclassed her 100m rivals, staved off stiff competition from 100 metre hurdles World champion Danielle Williams, and 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, among others.

"Winning ... it's a wonderful feeling for me. It shows hard work and just being committed to what I set out to do in the year and being able to accomplish that and being rewarded for that accomplishment is wonderful," Fraser-Pryce said, adding, "I will be representing the country to the max."

Veteran MVP track and field coach Stephen Francis was named Coach of the Year. Outstanding Performance of the year went to the World Championships women's 4x400m gold medal winning team of Novlene Williams-Mills, Christine Day, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson. The award was collected by Day.

The Howard Aris Award went to Edwin Allen High's Demar Gayle who dominated in the discus and shot put.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Taylor took the Youth Athlete of the Year award for his dazzling 45.27 seconds at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Shanice Love of Excelsior High won the Howard Aris Scholarship of $250,000, awarded to the Jamaican student-athlete with the top grade point average and for being a discus bronze medallist at Junior Pan Am Championships.

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