Jones takes top national sports award

Akela Jones soars through the air during her gold medal-winning jump.
Akela Jones

Akela Jones added yet another accolade to her already impressive resume when she took home the coveted National Sports Personality of the Year award at the 32nd Annual National Sports Award Ceremony at the Frank Collymore Hall last night.

Having also captured the award for Female Junior Outstanding Sportsperson, the 19-year-old athlete of Kansas State University was a predictable winner, having dominated at both the regional and international level.

It was a fitting way to honour one of the island’s future stars, who became the first Barbadian to medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014, when she copped gold in the long jump.

In her last year at the CARIFTA Games she also won three gold medals and copped the Austin Sealy Award for the Most Outstanding athlete.

Sprinter Levi Cadogan was named the Male Junior Outstanding Sportsperson after impressive performances at the CARIFTA, World Junior Championships and the CAC Games.

Another athlete in Kierre Beckles won the Female Senior Outstanding Sportsperson award, while cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite copped the Male equivalent.

The Minister’s Award went to hurdler Shane Brathwaite, while athlete Rivaldo Leacock and cricketer Hayley Matthews shared the Emerging Athlete award.

28 Responses to Jones takes top national sports award

  1. Elva Mary Tudor
    Elva Mary Tudor January 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Congratulation !

  2. Andrea Gordon
    Andrea Gordon January 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Congratulations honey Patsy must be very proud of you

  3. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke January 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations, that is praise worthy.

  4. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne January 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Congrats <3 <3

  5. Veronica Maynard
    Veronica Maynard January 18, 2015 at 10:12 am


  6. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins January 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Congrats Akeilaaaaaaaa! That’s what’s up! Springer Memorial, the home of champions.

  7. Llyn Kent
    Llyn Kent January 18, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Lovely my Springer Girl

  8. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 18, 2015 at 10:29 am


  9. Christina Morris
    Christina Morris January 18, 2015 at 10:35 am


  10. Chantal Downie
    Chantal Downie January 18, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Congrats to u! I believe it should have been your name on new UWI sporting facility

  11. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham January 18, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Nice congrats

  12. Allison Brewster
    Allison Brewster January 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Sweet..congrats baby girl

  13. Debbie Harrison
    Debbie Harrison January 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Congratulations!! So proud!

  14. Addie Blugh
    Addie Blugh January 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm


  15. Shawn Walrond
    Shawn Walrond January 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Well done you always had it in you so just continue do your best

  16. Mieshell Burke
    Mieshell Burke January 18, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Congrats akeila

  17. Sanny Parris
    Sanny Parris January 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations. Your name should be use at UWI. Sporting facility

  18. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers January 18, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Congrats Akeila.

  19. Margo Sobers
    Margo Sobers January 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm


  20. Ville January 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS AKELA. You are like a good Bajan salt bread, keep rising

  21. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers January 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm


  22. Kamara Olton
    Kamara Olton January 19, 2015 at 12:16 am


  23. Ken Debajee
    Ken Debajee January 19, 2015 at 4:51 am

    congratulation..MS Akela Jones, make 2015 the greatest year in your career we are all behind you

  24. Delores Greenidge
    Delores Greenidge January 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Congrats go Barbados

  25. Andrea Atkins
    Andrea Atkins January 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Congratulations, Akela

  26. National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA)
    National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) January 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations to Akela Jones from the family at the National Council on Substance Abuse

  27. andre alista January 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Congart to you akela!!! Always keep god first stay humble and he will bring to the top !!!


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