Michelle Lee-Ahye and Jereem Richards took home the top awards at the 2023 National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) awards ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain on Saturday 7th January.
Collecting the award for female senior athlete of the year on behalf of Michelle-Lee Ahye was her mother Raquel Ahye whilst Jereem Richard’s mother, Yvette Wilson collected the award for male senior athlete of the year on her son’s behalf.
Last year, Richards won gold in the men’s 400-metre event at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Serbia as well as the 200 metre at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Ahye was a semifinalist at the women’s 100 metre Commonwealth Games and the World Track and Field Championships.
Also receiving awards for junior athletes of the year were Shaniqua Bascombe and Aaron Antoine. Twenty-year-old Bascombe earned a silver medal at the girls under-20 200 m race and bronze at the 100 metre and 4×100 metre at the Carifta Games in 2022. Antoine who measures six feet ten inches is a young basketball player and he has also set the national junior record at the Carifta Games high jump.
Youth athlete of the year female and male went to Kayleigh Forde and Keeran Sriskandarajah, respectively. At the Carifta games last year, Forde won the girls under-17 crown while UK-born Sriskandarajah won gold in the 1,500-metre event and silver in the boys Under-17 800-metre event.
The NAAATT has been in existence since 1945 and is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Trinidad and Tobago. They also host athletic track and field meets as well as posts athletic heats. Its president is George Comissiong.