From Michael Bascombe
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, January 4, 2007 - The 17-year-old World Youth octathlon
champion Shane Brathwaite has upstaged top senior performers for the 2007
Barbados Sports Personality of the Year award.
On the strength of his multi-event gold medal at the 5th IAAF World Youth Championship in the Czech Republic last July, Brathwaite secured the honour ahead of Canada-based jockey Patrick Husbands and swimming star Bradley Ally.
He is the youngest ever winner of the Barbados Sports Personality of the Year award.
Brathwaite tallied a personal best 6,261 points to capture the gruelling eight-event discipline in Ostrava last summer and got the vote from the panel of journalists and officials at the National Sports Council (NSC).
"I feel really great," Brathwaite said in an interview on local CBC Television.
Brathwaite was one of three Caribbean champions at the Ostrava meet -- the others were Jamaicans Dexter Lee (100 metres) and Ramone McKenzie (200 metres) -- and he felt honoured and surprised to defeat Husbands and Ally for the award.
"I am surprised that I beat Bradley Ally and Patrick Husbands for this award, Patrick did really well in Canada, and Bradley getting the first swimming medal (for Barbados) at the Pan American Games, that was a really good accomplishment, and I feel really great to come up against them and win," added Brathwaite, his country's first ever athletics gold medal winner at a global games.