Four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her coach Stephen Francis have both been nominated for special awards to be given at the inaugural Panam Sports Gala Awards to be held on December 13 in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Fraser-Pryce has been nominated in two categories - the Best Female Athlete and the Changemaker - while Francis is a nominee for the Best Coach.

More than 40 athletes and coaches have been nominated in nine categories and part of the selection process will involve voting by the public.

Panam Sports in a release on Tuesday said that "it is launching an easily accessible portal through its website where sport fans, National Olympic Committees, media and even the athletes themselves can vote for who they think made the biggest impact at Lima 2019" and further advised that the public should visit its website at www.panamsports.org/vote to vote quickly as voting closes on November 30.

JOA President, Christopher Samuda, in welcoming the approval of Jamaica's nominees stated that "Shelly-Ann and Stephen are very deserving and all Jamaicans locally and in the Diaspora should go immediately to the polls and vote for the 'S-Powersport Duo' in Shelly and Stephen."

The eventual winners will be announced during the live ceremony and celebration and the show will be broadcast live on the Pan Am Sports Channel.

Secretary-General and CEO of the JOA, Ryan Foster, was emphatic in his support.

"Vote for their past record of admirable achievements. Vote for their current successes. Vote for future landmarks and ink the deal for Jamaica,” he said.

This year, the Jamaica Olympic Association achieved a historic milestone at the Pan Am Games in Lima Peru by sending the largest contingent representing 18 sports and garnered the best ever medal haul for Jamaica in the history of the Games.

"We continue to serve our member associations which have seized our vision and mission which always place the athlete solidly at the centre of our efforts and work," Samuda said.

The Pan American Sports Organization, Pan Am Sports, owns the Pan American Games and leads the Olympic Movement of its 41 member nations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

 PanAm Sports has successfully managed 18 editions of the Pan American Games, beginning in 1951, and the event is held every four years.

Reigning double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is confident she remains on target to hit her best form in time for the Doha World Champions.

The 27-year-old recently looked in superb form as she coasted away from the field down the stretch to post a relaxed-looking 22.13, in the women’s 200m, at the London Diamond League.  The time was the athlete’s second quickest this season, with her season’s best of 22.00, clocked at the Jamaica National Championship in June, the fastest time run over the distance this year.

After struggling with an Achilles injury for the past couple of seasons, Thompson is increasingly certain she is on track display the type of form that made her unbeatable over both the 100m and 200m distances at the Rio Olympics.  At her best, the Jamaican clocked a sizzling 21.66, the fifth-fastest time ever run over the distance.

“It’s a long season, I just listen to my coach (Stephen Francis).  I know he is a genius.  I know what he has in store leading up to the World Championship and I just have go out there and put it on the track. Every race is a work in progress,” Thompson told Givemesport.

“To come here and get this type of 200m performance and in the type of place I want to be, I think I’m in just the right position. I just need to continue to put in the work and execute.”

 

Following her 7.21, 60m run with which she opened her season on Saturday, seven-time World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes she is gradually returning to the form that established her as one of the world’s best female sprinters.

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