Cyclist Teniel Campbell and runner Jereem Richards were named 2022 Sportsmen of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) when the organization held its year-end Awards Ceremony on December 28.
Campbell, who made her Olympic debut in 2021, won gold at the Caribbean Road Elite Championships in the Dominican Republic in October. At the 2022 Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Peru, Campbell won multiple medals, including a gold medal in the women’s points race.
At the Commonwealth Games Campbell finished sixth in the women’s road race in a field of over 50 riders. In the time trial, she finished seventh in a field that included more than 30 athletes.
Campbell was grateful to receive the award. “I have the privilege and honor of being our athlete of the year 2022. First of all I would like to thank God, my family, my professional team Team Bike Exchange… the support I receive locally and all of you in general have helped me. supported throughout this year. Let’s aim to make 2023 an even better and grander year.”
For his part, Richards’ main achievements for 2022 were his successful defense of his men’s 200m title at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, in August, and his gold in the men’s 400m at the World Championships in Athletics. indoors in Beograd earlier this year.
Swimmer Nikoli Blackman won his third Junior Sportsman of the Year award, his crowning achievement being his seventh place finish in the men’s 50m freestyle at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Peru in September.
Cyclist Phoebe Sandy, national junior sprint and 500m champion, was named Junior Sportswoman of the Year, while another cyclist, Nicholas Paul, who won a full set of medals at the Commonwealth Games, won the People’s Choice award.
Sportswriter Rachel Thompson-King won the Future is Female award. The Alexander B Chapman Award, given to an outstanding sports official, went to internationally renowned hockey official Maureen Craig-Rousseau.