Jamaican professional racing driver Fraser McConnell expressed gratitude at being nominated for the RJR Gleaner National Sportsman of the Year award for a second time.

“Getting nominated for sportsman of the year again is a huge honor,” said the 25-year-old.

McConnell had a successful debut season in Extreme E as his X44 Vida Carbon Racing team secured the fourth position in the Extreme E Championship finale in December.

Owned by Sir Lewis Hamilton, the X44 Vida Carbon Racing team achieved a third-place podium finish in the final two rounds at the Copper X Prix in Antofagasta, Chile, earning 121 points to secure the fourth spot overall.

In Round 5 and final, despite a major setback due to a collision in the switch zone, X44 finished the race eight minutes slower than Veloce Racing, the eventual winner. This victory placed Veloce in third place in the final standings with 155 points, while Sainz XE took second place with 177 points. Rosberg X Racing (RXR) was crowned champions with 182 points.

“To be able to represent Jamaica on the international stage doing what I love and being up there with the other best athletes in the country is a big honor and big motivation for me to keep going,” he said.

“Regardless of the decision the judges make, it’s still such a great success and achievement. Just going to keep my head down, keep focused and keep going and flying the flag everywhere I go,” added McConnell.

The favorite for the award would have to be trailblazing Jamaican sprinter Antonio Watson who made history as the first Jamaican man in 40 years to clinch the gold medal in the World Championships 400m.

The list of male nominees also features World Championships 110m hurdles silver medalist and Diamond League champion Hansle Parchment, along with standout long jumpers Wayne Pinnock, Tajay Gayle, the silver and bronze medalists from Budapest as well as Pan American 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde.


Rasheed Broadbell, Jaheel Hyde and Rovman Powell are the three nominees for the 2022 RJR Gleaner National Sportsman of the Year award.

2022 was sprint hurdler Rasheed Broadbell’s break-away season. After finishing second at the National Championships in Kingston, Broadbell overcame a sub-par performance at the World Championships to win the 110m hurdles title at the Commonwealth Games with a time of 13.08 seconds. After a series of good Diamond League performances, including becoming the third Jamaican to run sub-13 seconds in the sprint hurdles with an outstanding run of 12.99 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, Broadbell went on to take the silver medal at the Diamond League Final in Zurich in 13.06 seconds. He finished the year ranked 4th in the 110m hurdles.

National Champion, Jaheel Hyde, was brilliant at the National Championships in Kingston, taking the 400m hurdles title in 48.51 seconds. He then ran a personal best of 48.03 in the final of the 400m hurdles at the World Championship. Hyde took the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 49.78 seconds, to cap a good season.

Rovman Powell started 2022 with a bang. In the international T20 competition, he scored a century (107) against England and followed that up with 68 not out against India, and 61 not out against Bangladesh. Powell then led Jamaica to two famous Caribbean victories, winning the Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament, with the Jamaica Tallawahs, and the Caribbean Super 50 League with the Jamaica Scorpions. Both victories owed much to his astute captaincy and calculated and important batting contributions.

The winner will be announced at the RJR Gleaner National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus on January 23.

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