Tuach upstaged footballer Emmerson Boyce, bodybuilder Antoinette Downey and sprinter Mario Burke for the title at the 31st Annual National Sports Council Awards Ceremony here at the weekend.
Tuach became a household name in Barbados last year as a result of her surfing exploits which included victory in the Ron Jon ROXY Pro in Cocoa Beach, Florida which made the first Barbadian to ever win an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Three Star Junior Pro event.
In March she won the Women’s title at the American Pro Surf Series (APSS) in Huntington Beach, California then in May picked up the first medal for Barbados at the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua.
A string of high profile wins followed in South Africa, Puerto Rico and in Barbados culminating in being chosen as the Female Surfer of the Year at the Eastern Surf Magazine’s 12th Annual ESeMMY Awards.
These awards recognize the best surfers on the East Coast of the United States and the Caribbean.
Wigan Athletic Captain Boyce captured the award for the Senior Outstanding Sportperson (Male) while Downie was chosen as the Senior Outstanding Sportsperson (Female).
The Junior Outstanding Sportsperson (Male) Award went to Burke who earned one gold and three silver medals at the CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas last year.
Cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers received a Lifetime Achievement Award, handed out for the first time since the start of the awards.
West Indies Women’s Captain Sherwin Campbell was chosen as the Coach of the Year.