Four-time national 400 metres champion Novlene Williams-Mills is the 11th winner of the prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence.The announcement was made at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday night.Williams-Mills walked away with the award ahead of fellow nominees Rodolph Austin, captain of the Reggae Boyz; national netball representative Sasher-Gaye Henry; and many-time national chess champion Warren Elliott.”I will cherish this award for all my life because I know that I have worked hard. So thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years,” an emotional Williams-Mills said after accepting her award and cash incentive.”It is truly a honour to be recognised for hard work. Champions and winners were not created overnight, but through years of work,” she said.Williams-Mills hails from the Gravel Hill community in St Ann and has kept Jamaica’s name at the forefront of international competition in the 400 metres.She ran a brilliant anchor leg as Jamaica won the 4×400 metres gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The performance reflected the character and determination of the athlete as she had been below her usually high standard all season while battling fitness concerns.In 2012, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer, but instead of quitting the track she battled on and her gold medal in Beijing was a fitting reward.Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, spoke at Thursday’s function in the absence of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.Neita-Headley spoke of the importance of the award and encouraged all youngsters to aspire for greatness.”We are working on improving the infrastructure for sports in Jamaica in order to gain more recognition in other sports,” Neita-Headley stated..”You do not have to win to bring honour to your school but you must bring your best effort,” Neita-Headley said.Meanwhile Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical and Javauni Garwood of Wolmer’s Boys copped the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence student awards.
Rangers must fight off Groningen and Vitesse if they want to sign Roma starlet Umar Sadiq.The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda and he caught the eye there, scoring five Eredivisie goals in 12 appearances. 2 New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is making swift work of signing new players. Steven Gerrard, who became the club’s manager this summer, now wants to bring the striker to Scotland as he continues to he revamp his Rangers squad.Sadiq has been tipped for a bright future, though, and interest in him is high this summer.Indeed, according to TuttoMercato, the Nigerian is also on the radars of Dutch duo Groningen and Vitesse. Roma striker Umar Sadiq in action for the Serie A side. 2 The pair have scouted Sadiq and are keen to open talks with him regarding a move following his success in the Netherlands.If he does move to Rangers he will join Ovie Ejaria, Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor, and Jamie Murphy who have already moved to Ibrox ahead of the new campaign.Meanwhile, the club are also interested in Brighton defender Connor Goldson and Slaven Belupo star Nikola Katic.You can see all the confirmed summer transfer window deals in the Premier League here.