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
Lendl Smith and Olivia Bennett made off with the lion share
of awards from last Saturdays Tennis Association of
T&T awards, held at Angostura Courtyard, Eastern Main
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 mens 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.
Bennetts 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.
Yearwoods 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
The associations 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
(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
(Men) - Seve Day
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
(Men) - Scott Lanser
(Women) - Olivia Mitchell
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(Boys) - Lendl Smith
(Girls) - Shenelle Mohammed
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Lendl Smith
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Stephon Nicholas (Newsday)
Friends of Tennis
Contribution to the
development of Tennis Jean Mary