Jamaica's AOY nomination 'made my day' - Yona Knight-Wisdom

By November 29, 2019

UK-based Jamaican diver Yona Knight- Wisdom is feeling honoured after discovering he was among five nominees for Jamaica's annual RJR Sports Foundation Male Athlete of the Year for 2019.

The 24-year-old athlete, who won the silver medal in the one-metre springboard at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July, was nominated alongside the 2019 World long jump champion Tajay Gayle, World Championship discus silver medallist Fedrick Dacres, Pan Am discus silver medallist Traves Smikle and Caribbean squash champion Chris Binnie.

Knight was thrilled at the news.

“To see that I’ve been nominated for the RJRGleaner Sportsman of the Year truly made my day,” said Knight-Wisdom.

“Looking at some of the people who have won this award in the past, some of my idols and the other four male athletes and nine female athletes I’m nominated alongside, it’s an incredible feeling to be considered on a similar level as them.”

Knight-Wisdom became the first male diver to represent Jamaica at an Olympic Games in 2016, said the nomination has encouraged him to continue to strive for excellence in his chosen sport.

“The recognition only gives me more hunger to continue improving and to continue representing the island in my sport of diving. It gives me even more satisfaction knowing that I do it all with less resources compared to my other competitors, so who knows what could happen if  I had similar backing as them,” he said.

“Regardless, a big thank you for the honour of the nomination, and a bigger thank you to those who have been following my journey over the last few years. I feel every single bit of support.”

Four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads the list of female nominees that also includes Alia Atkinson, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Rushell Clayton, Shericka Jackson, Natoya Goule, Shanieka Ricketts, Danielle Thomas-Dodd and Danielle Williams.

The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 17, 2020.





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