Former Jamaica cricketer and captain of the national senior team Tamar Lambert walked away with the prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at the awards ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel on Wednesday night.
The all-rounder, who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm offspin, was chosen from a field of three shortlisted nominees, that included former Reggae Boyz goalkeeper and captain Warren Barrett and captain of the West Indies Women’s Cricket team, Stafanie Taylor.
The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence is awarded annually, recognising exemplary qualities in male and female Jamaican nationals between the ages of 18 and 40, who have represented the country at the senior level in the field of sport.
The award, which is administered by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, is the brainchild of former Prime Minister Percival James Patterson in recognition of the achievements of former cricket great and Ambassador Courtney Walsh.
Lambert received a cash award of $500,000 and the prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence trophy.
“It was a privilege to receive this award. It is a good feeling knowing that they (Walsh Awards) have really recognised my achievements I have done over the years for myself and my country. This means a lot to me and I will cherish this moment for a very long time,” Lambert told the Jamaica Observer.
All the nominees received special plaques in recognition of outstanding achievements in their respective disciplines.
Earlier at the awards, Satanya Wright from St Elizabeth Technical High School, and Jhevaughn Matherson from Kingston College, walked away with the female and male Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence for Students, respectively.
Both Wright and Matherson received plaques and their respective schools will receive $250,000 courtesy of Supreme Ventures Limited.