Award befitting of Lambert's efforts, says Walsh
Former West Indies bowling great Courtney Walsh, after whom the prestigious Award for Excellence is named, is proud of former Jamaica cricket team captain Tamar Lambert and considers him to be deserving of this year's recognition.
Walsh, considers it just reward for Lambert, who has won five consecutive championships for Jamaica at the first- class level.
"He has done really good service in that department. The one thing is that if he wasn't that relaxed, he would have gone on to higher heights, and I hope that he mentioned that I have always been telling him that he should have knocked on the West Indies' door, but I think he was just in a comfort zone doing the job for Jamaica. He did a tremendous job," Walsh told the media at Wednesday evening's awards ceremony at the Terra Nova hotel.
"I am just happy that he got some recognition for that tonight because it is not easy to win five back to back, and he showed he is a deserving leader," Walsh continued.
For his part, Lambert, who is still active in cricket locally, said it felt good to be recognised.
"This award means everything to me. That goes to show that CHASE fund has recognised my contributions over the years, and it's nice to know that once you have done well, people recognise you," he reasoned.
Lambert received the trophy and $500,000.
The Student Excellence Awards went to male sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College and female athlete Satanya Wright of St Elizabeth Technical.
They received awards as well as $250,000 from the Supreme Ventures Foundation towards a school project.