CI Sports Personality of the Year shortlists revealed
NATIONAL champion shooter Cameron Pirouet and US collegiate swimmer Harry Shalamon will fly the flag for Jersey in a four-way tussle to claim the Betway CI Sports Personality of the Year crown for 2019.
The Caesarean pair enjoyed a tremendous 12 months around the globe and have subsequently been shortlisted for the annual ceremony's top sporting prize alongside Guernsey's England U17 women's football captain Maya Le Tissier and World Athletics Championships runner Cameron Chalmers.
Pirouet racked up several big titles in his first senior year as a shooter, including the British 3P Rifle Championship, the Welsh prone championship and the English equivalents of both to cement his top-four ranking in Britain. He also had a stellar Island Games – claiming five gold medals in Gibraltar last summer.
Likewise, Shalamon shone in Gibraltar with six individual golds in the pool and won the NCAA D2 title with Grand Valley State University after setting a new varsity record in the 200-yard backstroke.
Teenager Le Tissier, who registered an assist to help her Brighton & Hove Albion team to a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Women's Super League last weekend, has taken her career to the next level this season and now regularly comes up against some of the world's elite in the top-flight in England.
Chalmers, who ran in the 4x400m relay for Team GB at the World Championships in Doha, became British indoor 400m champion in 2019, clocking 46.21sec. in Birmingham to claim his first senior national title.
There will be a telephone voteline number for each candidate, with lines open from 6pm on Tuesday evening until 9pm on Thursday, 30 January – the evening of the awards dinner at Beau Séjour, Guernsey. Telephone numbers published in Tuesday's JEP.
The other shortlists are:
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Kitty Brewer (Jersey): Second in the British Championship in St Ouen’s Bay, she made the senior GB Team to compete at the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan – the first ever Olympic qualifier. Also represented the CI at the ISA World Junior Championship and has achieved a world junior ranking of 25.
Sam Culverwell (Guernsey): Impressive maiden gold in the criterium in Gibraltar he also caught the eye in national cycling events in the UK. Finished a superb 12th in the National Road Championships (without a team) and earned his first win in the high-class ‘kermesse’ system in Belgium.
Thomas Deffains (Jersey): Became Jersey’s third-ever GB age-group swimming champion, breaking the Island record to win the 1,500m freestyle (also taking bronze in the 800m, sharing the podium with Calligo Tigers’ team-mate and fellow 15-year-old Isaac Dodds. Bronze at the Island Games confirmed him as one to watch over the next few years.
Charlotte Neale: A former gymnast she has proved a natural at weightlifting and in just 18 months has become GB age group champion, with the the ultimate goal being the 2024 Olympics in 2024. The first Channel Islander to lift for GB, she has shattered records along the way.
Alex Scott – football: Guernsey FC’s youngest-ever player, the 16-year-old former Southampton junior earned a trial at Bristol City in December, scoring a hat-trick in an U18 game before signing a pre-contract agreement with the Championship club.
Blue Islands Team of the Year
Bowls Guernsey had a year to remember, winning three golds hosting the prestigious European Championships. There were wins for the ladies pairs, mixed fours and the overall team gold medal – the first CI squad to do that.
Guernsey’s IG table tennis squad won yet another gold in the team event, beating Jersey in the final 4-2.
Jersey Cricket: After winning the T20 World Cup Europe final in thrilling fashion in Guernsey Jersey’s men captured the hearts of the cricketing world with some stunning performances at the global qualifier in the UAE. Chuggy Perchard’s side upset the hosts and Oman, both ranked much higher, as they narrowly missed out on progressing from their group.
Jersey IG women’s cycling collected two golds, four silvers and a bronze with good performances in all three events, the highlight a gold for Flo Cox in the road race, supported by Rebecca Catley, who won the bronze (and team gold, too).
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Amy Critchlow (Guernsey women’s triathlon team)
Nathan Jégou (Jersey’s record-breaking Island Games swimming coach)
Neil MacRae (Jersey Cricket’s head coach)
Ray Smart (coached St Jacques Vikings RFC to 24-game unbeaten run)
Also to be awarded on the night will be the Michael Lucas Sporting Hero Award, and the Judges Award for Achievement.
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