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Anthonique Strachan wins Rising Star award

  • The Rising Star award, won by Anthonique Strachan, is the top international achievement a junior athlete can receive.

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Nov 26, 2012

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If the Olympic semi-final appearance by young sprinter Anthonique Strachan was not enough to validate her arrival on the big stage, then the Rising Star award given to her by the world’s governing body for track and field, should definitely seal the deal.

Once again, Strachan inked her name into the history books by becoming the first Bahamian junior female athlete to win the award. Her gold medal performances at the International Association of Athletic Associations (IAAF) World Junior Championships listed her as the top junior athlete in the world. Strachan became the second person, since the hosting of the junior championships, to pull off the double-double. The 14th IAAF World Junior Championships were held in Barcelona, July 10-15, 2012.

She won the 100 meters (m) in 11.20 seconds and powered her way down the track to capture the 200m, in 22.53 seconds. All two times are personal best markings for Strachan who later placed fifth in the first of two semi-final races, at the London Olympic Games. While Strachan gave Bahamians something else to cheer about, the entire Caribbean rooted her and Keshorn Walcott, the native of Trinidad and Tobago on. The Rising Star awards were presented to both Strachan and Walcott, on the weekend. The Athletes of the Year awards ceremony took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Skipper Hotel. The IAAF Centenary Gala show was held at the MNAC Museum. The events brought together the past, present and future of the sport.

It was no surprise when Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and American Allyson Felix were named male and female world athletes of the year 2012. This is the fourth time Bolt has captured the award and the first for Felix. The two outstanding athletes also received $100,000 prizes. The awards were hosted by the International Athletic Foundation honorary President Prince Albert II of Monaco and the IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Guardian Sports was unable to reach Strachan, who was en route to the United States of America yesterday from Barcelona. Coach and trainer Henry Rolle said Strachan was excited and very humble after receiving the award.

“Things will only get better for her, from here on out,” said Rolle. “She is getting ready to for her second track season up here, Auburn. The first one was pretty interesting. I expect her to get a lot faster. This year she was sideline with achilles problem. That’s a side affect of growing pains. This will be her first full year up here, she came in late December.

“She is having a great fall, up to this point. Anthonique is a hard worker and she deserves everything that comes her way. The future is very bright. I am pleased to know that she just finished high school in October and will start at Southern Union, in December. I made a commitment to her and her parents. So my job is to ensure that she will go to school, get an education and see how far her God-given talents will take her.”

The executives in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) also congratulated Strachan on her accomplishments.

Strachan has won numerous medals at the regional and local levels. She is the back-to-back recipient of the Austin Sealy Award, presented to the top athlete competing in the CARIFTA Games.

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