Triple Junior Pan American Cycling medalist, 2x Lima 2019 Champion and National Record Holder, T&T’s Nicholas Lee Paul has been nominated for the first-ever Pan American Sports Awards in the Best Male Athlete Category, to be held on December 13th in Fort Lauderdale, USA.
Paul is the only T&T athlete nominated for the award. In August, he highlighted the Games with his outstanding performances winning gold in the Men’s Sprint and Men’s Team Sprint in Lima, Peru.
Paul is among the cream of the crop, with the other Caribbean and Latin American nominees for the title of Best Male Athlete 2019:
Grenada’s Anderson Peters (Javelin)
Cuba’s Mijain Lopez (Wrestling)
Brazil’s Francisco Barretto (Artistic Gymnastics)
Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo (Fencing)
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 https://www.panamsports.org/vote/ to vote quickly as voting closes on November 30th.
Best Female Athlete: Chloe Dygert (USA), Delfina Pignatiello (ARG), Paola Longoria (MEX), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM), Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
Best Men’s Team: Athletics 4x400m Relay (COL), Baseball (PUR), Basketball (ARG), Beach Volleyball (CHI)
Best Women’s Team: Artistic Swimming (CAN), Handball (BRA), Hockey (ARG), Softball (USA)
NextGen (U-20 Male): Alison dos Santos (BRA), Andrew Abruzzo (USA), Daniel Restrepo (COL), Gabriel Rosillo (CUB), Patricio Font (MEX)
NextGen (U-20 Female): Adriana Diaz (PUR), Daniella Rosas (PER), Delfina Pignatiello (ARG), Evita Griskenas (USA), Katherin Nuevo (CUB), Yenny Sinisterra (COL)
Changemaker: Marco Oneto (CHI), Mariana Pajon (COL), Jennifer Dahlgren (ARG), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
Panam Sports Values: Claudio Biekarck (BRA), Julio Castillo (ECU), Krystina Alogbo (CAN), Luis Scola (ARG), Nathan Adrian (USA)
Best Coach: Deysiana Mena (CRC), Gabriel Aramburu (PER), Ivan Bautista (MEX), Rolando Acebal (CUB), Stephen Francis (JAM)