National 2006 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Asafa Powell (right) and Sherone Simpson, pose with their awards after winning the titles at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday night.
LeVaughn Flynn'Staff Reporter
World record holder Asafa Powell says there will be fireworks in Osaka, Japan, at this year's World Championships of Athletics when he takes the track.
Powell also hinted his record of 9.77 seconds could be lowered this season as he works to finish his races more explosively.
"I'm working on certain technical areas and I'm working on my strength so that I can really go out and finish stronger than normal, so this year we are coming with different tactics," said Powell on Thursday evening.
Powell was speaking shortly after receiving his second consecutive Sportsman of the Year award at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The award was only one of many he earned for his exploits in 2006, when he won the Commonwealth Games gold in the 100m and 4x100m as well equalling his world record twice. Powell was also voted the IAAF male athlete of the year and the Commonwealth male athlete of the year.
"I'm feeling good about myself that I can come here and collect this award because last year I put on a show and everyone saw that and was very happy about that," said Powell.
Powell's club mate Sherone Simpson, who had a meteoric rise last year, won her first Sportswoman of the Year award.
"It's great to know that Jamaica has recognised the hard work that I have put out," said Simpson.
Like Powell, Simpson's outstanding performance in 2006 has raised her and the public's expectation for the World Championships.
"I have started the building process and so far training has been going very good and I'm looking forward to Osaka," she added.
Simpson also paid homage to her club, MVP, which produced three of the top four winners on Thursday.
"With Asafa and I being from the same camp it says a lot. We have the best coach and we have some of the best athletes who help to motivate us in training and I think the camp is a very good camp and I'm glad I made the decision to stay here in Jamaica and train with coach Stephen Francis," she said.
Both winners and runners-up, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Chris Gayle, also won cash awards.
Athletics Asafa Powell Sherone Simpson
Badminton Bradley Graham Nigella Saunders
Boxing Nicholas Walters
Cricket Christopher Gayle
Cycling Oneil Samuels Iona Wynter
Equestrian Samantha Albert
Football Claude Davis Venicia Reid
Golf Delroy Cambridge Diane Lang
Horseracing Joseph Duany (Owner)
A. E. 'Billy' Williams (Trainer)
Shooting Ronald Brown Jnr.
Squash Chris Binnie Karen Anderson
Swimming Brad Hamilton Alia Atkinson
Table Tennis Peter Moo Young Yvonne Foster
Tennis Damion Johnson
4 x 100m Women Gold Medal
(Danielle Browning, Sherri-Ann Brooks, Peta-Gaye Dowdie, Sherone
4 x 100m Men Gold Medal
(Michael Frater, Ainsley Waugh, Chris Williams, Asafa Powell)
4 x 400m Men Bronze Medal
(Lansford Davis, Davian Clarke, Lansford Spence, Jermaine Gonzales)
Senior men's basketball team
Paralympians - Sylvia Grant, Alphanso Cunningham and Tanto Campbell
Certificates of Merit
Don Anderson for service to sports administration
Chris Bicknell for contribution to the development of football
Clifton Forbes for service to the sport of track & field
Ray Harvey for service in the field of sports medicine
Clyde Juriedini for service to the sport of football
Courtney Sergeant for service in the field of sports journalism
Edwin Murray for service in the field of sport
Pat Thomas for service to netball and athletics
Audrey Thompson for service in physical education & sport