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T&T’s Tennis princess Olivia Bennett was named Sportswoman of the Year 2007 by the Tennis Association of T&T at the prize-giving ceremony at Angostura Courtyard, Eastern Main Road, Laventille on Saturday night. She was also the most outstanding 18 and Under Girls player.
Photos: Anthony Harris

By Kendell Garcia

Lendl Smith and Olivia Bennett made off with the lion share of awards from last Saturday’s Tennis Association of T&T awards, held at Angostura Courtyard, Eastern Main Road Laventille.

Both teenaged phenoms had a fabulous 2007 season, racking up victory after victory. Their haul of awards was no surprise to anyone that follows local tennis.

Smith won the 2007 Citi-Tranquillity men’s single, doubles and mixed doubles titles. He won the Evian Open singles and doubles crowns and he participated in the IBM/ITF Junior tennis Circuit as well. Clearly Smith was the most dominant male player of the last year.

Consequently he copped the most Outstanding 18 and Under Boys award, as well as the senior player of the year prize. His impressive exploits also earned him the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award.

Bennett’s most notable achievements came on local soil against international opposition.

The US based teen won the girls U-18 singles title in the local leg of the IBM/ITF junior Tennis circuit.

With over 100 entries from 26 countries, Bennett was ranked number one and lived up to that ranking. She also won the Doubles title with training partner Kerrie Cartwright.

Bennett was also named Most Outstanding 18 and Under Girls and copped the Sportswoman of the Year award.

Tennis stalwart, player and coach Michael Yearwood was named the veteran player of the year.

Yearwood’s most notable student is Carlista Mohammed, who was nominated for the senior female player of the year award but lost out to namesake Shennelle Mohammed.

The awards aimed to acknowledge and honour the players who relentlessly pursue excellence and strive to perfect their game.

The association’s members gathered to fete the cream of the crop and encourage those up and coming players to aspire to greatness as well as work toward their goals.

Also receiving special awards for their invaluable contribution to the development to tennis in T&T were Sherida Lawrie and Jean Mary, both of whom have worked tirelessly in support of tennis.

MOST PROMISING

Jabari Lewis

MOST IMPROVED

(Boys) - Jeremy Braithwaite

(Girl) - Samantha De Gannes

MOST OUTSTANDING 14 & UNDER

(Boys) - Seve Day

(Girls) - Trevine Sellier

MOST OUTSTANDING 18 & UNDER

(Boys) - Lendl Smith

(Girls) - Olivia Bennett

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

(Men) - Seve Day

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

(Men) - Scott Lanser

(Women) - Olivia Mitchell

VETERAN AWARD

Larry Yearwood

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

(Boys) - Lendl Smith

(Girls) - Shenelle Mohammed

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Lendl Smith

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Olivia Bennett

MEDIA AWARD

Stephon Nicholas (Newsday)

Special awards

Friends of Tennis

Sherida Lawrie

Contribution to the

development of Tennis Jean Mary

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