Ministry to host ‘National Sports Honours’ in lieu of Annual National Sports Awards in February 2021

Matthew with 2018 Winners (File Photo)

The Ministry of Education, Sports and the Creative Industries is pleased to announce its commitment to Sports in Antigua and Barbuda by hosting a National Sports Honours in February 2021.


This year, the challenging effects of COVID -19 has immensely affected sporting activities in Antigua and Barbuda, and as a result, competitive sports was put on hold. Nonetheless, the Department of Sports has seen the need to highlight and showcase sporting stakeholders for their outstanding achievements in sports in Antigua and Barbuda.


As such, in lieu of the 2020 National Sports Awards, the Ministry will host a ‘ National Sports Honours’ Awards Ceremony, on Saturday 13th February 2021. This ceremony will take an unconventional format, wherein, rather than the focus being on sporting contributions from athletes, coaches, officials and administrators, during the year 2020, this non-traditional awards ceremony will seek to acknowledge individuals who have contributed sterling service to sports in their respective sporting disciplines, over the years.


The Minister for Education, Sports and the Creative Industries, Honourable Daryll S. Matthew, expressed, “Antiguans and Barbudans are resilient, and the sports fraternity, one of the largest groups of stakeholders to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19, has exhibited patience, and have demonstrated their ability to overcome these challenges, one day at a time. As such, although we are not in a position to acknowledge individuals for their 2020 contributions to sports in Antigua and Barbuda, this decision comes at a truly opportune time where we can highlight some of our Nation’s best in sports, who may have never been recognized on a National level. During this COVID period, the bestowment of a National Sports Honour will lift the spirits of our past athletes, officials, coaches, and administrators”.


The Ministry is thereby requesting that each National Federation/Association submit one male and one female nominee, including, but not limited to, coaches, administrators, officials and athletes.


The nomination period officially opens on Tuesday 1st December and culminates on Thursday 31st December 2020.


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  1. Well at least this way Chet Greene and Kelisha/Kimesha Antoine will not have that awkward encounter like last time.

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