Jereem Richards receives the Athlete of the Year Award from Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe while 1976 Olympic gold medallist Hasely Crawford looks on during the 2018 NAAA National Awards Ceremony held at Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain yesterday.

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Fresh off of pick­ing up the top in­di­vid­ual men and women awards at the 24th an­nu­al T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee awards last week­end, reign­ing track stars, Jereem “The Dream” Richards of Abi­lene and Michelle Lee-Ahye of Re­birth were ex­pect­ed­ly named the 2018 Na­tion­al Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Se­nior Sports­man of the Year and Sports­woman of the Year win­ners 2018 at the Radis­son Ho­tel, Wright­son Road, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day.

Cougars Shani­qua Bas­combe was vot­ed as the Youth Girls Ath­lete of the Year while Zenith's Veay­on Joseph and Avin­dale Smith of Abi­lene were joint­ly named as the Youth Boys Ath­lete of the Year, while Zenith duo, Tal­e­na Mur­ray (girls) and Tyriq Hors­ford (boys) walked away with the Ju­nior Sports­man and Sports­woman of the year ho­n­ours.

Just over a week ago di­rect­ly op­po­site to where the duo walked away with the T&TOC’s Sports­man and Sports­woman of the year at the Hy­att Re­gency Ho­tel.

The 24-year-old Point Fortin-born won gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia in the 200 me­tres with a time of 20.12 at the Car­rara Sta­di­um, while the 26-year-old, Ahye who has cap­tured two straight T&TOC Sports­woman of the Year awards al­so sped to gold in the Com­mon­wealth Games last April, in the women’s 100 me­tres in 11.14 sec­onds, be­com­ing the first lo­cal woman to win a gold medal at the Games.

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