Stephen Francis in Tokyo 2020
Stephen Francis and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in for PanAm Sport Awards

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has announced that well-decorated Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and respected track and field coach, Stephen Francis, are among the nominees for special awards to be given at the inaugural Panam Sport 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 forty athletes and coaches have been nominated in nine categories in this the inaugural Panam Sport Awards and part of the selection will involve voting by the public.

Panam Sports in a release yesterday stated 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 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 Panam Sports Channel.



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