Six top contenders for performer of the year title
A SUPER SIX make up this year’s contenders for the Guernsey Sports Commission Trophy.
Awarded to the outstanding performer of the year, two previous winners of the top gong at the annual Sporting Achievement Awards – Alison Merrien and Cameron Chalmers – are among the nominees this time around.
Bowler Merrien added another world title to her collection as she defended her WIBC singles crown, while Chalmers appeared on the biggest stage in the athletics calendar for the year, running in the 4x400m relay for Great Britain at the World Championships in Doha.
Island Games gold medallists Clem Thompson and Sam Culverwell are also included in the six, although not only for their success at Gibraltar 2019.
Sailor Thompson, who won the Laser Radial class at the Games with a new best points tally for the event, also made the British shortlist for the 2020 Olympics – while Culverwell enjoyed outstanding success both in the UK and in Belgium.
The nominees are completed by top Guernsey footballer Maya Le Tissier and the remarkably consistent lawn bowler Lucy Beere.
Le Tissier is now based at Brighton & Hove Albion and is already featuring regularly at FA Women’s Super League level despite still being only 17, while Beere had another memorable year with the highlights including individual silver at the World Cup down under and three golds at the European Championships.
The winner of the Guernsey Sports Commission Trophy and all the other awards will be announced at the presentation evening on Thursday 9 January at Beau Sejour.
- More in Tuesday's Guernsey Press.