TT national men's football team attacking midfielder Ataulla Guerra was one of several surprise nominees for the First Citizens Sports Foundation Awards, which will recognise dozens of this country's best performers over the past year at its annual gala on March 16.
Guerra, 31, who plays for USL Championship (USA second tier football league) club Charleston Battery, led his team in goals and assists last season, which prompted his recall to the TT men's national team for the first time in three years when the Soca Warriors played the United Arab Emirates in Spain last September – a match in which he scored.
Karyn Forbes was the TT Football Association's (TTFA) nominee for Sportswoman of the Year for the annual event which will be held at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, from 7 pm.
Senior and junior, male and female athletes in 32 sports, will vie for a number of awards.
The foundation issued a media release yesterday with the names of top athletes nominated by their respective national sporting organisations. The release noted "the foundation’s selection committee, headed by Chairman Dr Terry Ali and aided by sporting associations (through the nominations of athletes), has worked through an exhaustive and thorough process in deciding on the various nominations."
Chequeda De Boulet, 18, who on Saturday was named the TT Badminton Association Junior and Senior Female Player of the Year after her dominance for club and country, received a nomination. She was the natural pick as badminton's nominee for the First Citizens award in the junior and senior divisions.
Tennis star Breanna Stempfli is back as the association's pick for the senior women's athletes, while teenager Aidan Carter, who emerged as one of the country's most promising talents in any sport in 2018, was nominated for the Junior Sportsman of the Year.
[caption id="attachment_750405" align="alignnone" width="676"] Cyclist Nicholas Paul[/caption]
Returning as one of the clear favourites for the Sportsman of the Year award is Nicholas Paul, who with Teniel Campbell for the Sportswoman award, were nominated by the TT Cycling Federation for their success last year.
Jereem Richard and Michelle-Lee Ahye, winners of the Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year awards for 2017, repeat as athletics' nominees.
Sport*Male athlete* Female athlete
Athletics*Jereem Richards*Michelle-Lee Ahye
Rally Club*Ryan Pinheiro*N/A
Automobile sports*Muhammad Ali*N/A
Badminton*Alistair Espinoza*Chequeda De Boulet
Body building*Dexter Simon*Crystal Khan
Boxing*Michael Alexander*Tianna Guy
Canoeing/Rowing*Nicholas Robinson*Felice Chow
Chess*Joshua Johnson*Gabriella Johnson
Cycling*Nicholas Paul*Teniel Campbell
Football*Ataulla Guerra*Karyn Forbes
Golf*Wanjoo Lee*Yeji Lee
Hockey*Mickell Pierre*Amie Olton
Judo*Jelanie Boyce*Gabriella Wood
Karate*Shiva Isaac Sookdeo*Chennise Charles
Netball*N/A*Samatha Monique Wallace
Power lifting*Rondel Hunte*Keanna Alexander
Rifle*Roger Daniel*Marsha Bullen-Jones
Rugby*Leon Pantor*Nicolette Pantor
Yachting*Andrew Lewis*Kelly-Ann Arrindell
Squash*Colin Ramasra*Alexandria Yearwood
Swimming*Dylan Carter*Shania David
Table tennis*Aaron Wilson*Catherine Spicer
Taekwondo*Brandon Joseph*Megan Lawrence
Target archery*Daniel Ragbir*Priyanka Dhanie
Tennis*Nabeel Mohammed*Breana Stampfli
Volleyball*Daniel Williams*Krystle Esdelle
Women's cricket*N/A*Merissa Aguilleira
Sport*Male athlete* Female athlete
Athletics*Timothy Frederick&Tyriq Horsford*Shaniqua Bascombe
Rally club*Scott Pinheiro*N/A
Automobile sports*Isa Deen*N/A
Badminton*Andrew Babwah*Chequeda De Boulet
Boxing*Tyron Thomas*Ornella Ramnath
Chess*Alan-Safar Ramoutar*Gabriella Johnson
Cycling*Enrique De Comarmond*N/A
Football*John Paul Rochford*Aaliyah Prince
Hockey*Teague Marcano*Shaniah de Freitas
Karate*Nathan Griffith*Chelsea Winter
Power lifting*Adam de Leon*N/A
Rugy*Jahreem George*Fayola Jack
Squash*Seth Thong*Sigourney Williams
Swimming*Kael Yorke*Gabriela Donahue
Table tennis*Derron Douglas*Priyanka Khellawan
Target archery*Rahul Mahabir*Shemariah Ali
Tennis*Aidan Carter*Cameron Wong
Triathlon*Logan Raymond*Rachel Grosberg
Volleyball*Daynte Stewart*Tsyan Selvon
Women's cricket*N/A*Steffie Soogrim