In recognition of her outstanding break-out season last year, Jamaica’s fast-emerging track star Briana Williams has been nominated for the prestigious 2019 Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year.
The award, to be presented at the Laureus Awards ceremony in Monaco on Monday, February 18, will go to the sportsperson or team whose performance as a newcomer suggests the greatest potential for an outstanding career or to an established sportsman or sportswoman who produces a significant step-up in class to a considerably higher level of sporting achievement.
Williams, 16, is the first female Caribbean athlete and only the second Caribbean athlete nominated for the award. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, in 2012, was the only other Breakthrough nominee.
“I’m extremely excited to be nominated for the Laureus award,” said a buoyant Williams, who won the sprint double at the 2018 IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where she set a new personal best and championship record of 22.50s in the 200m.
“I know this is a very big achievement at my age given the history of who has been nominated in the past. I can’t wait to go, have fun and meet everyone. Being nominated for this prestigious award will push me to work harder to achieve my dreams.”