The presentation has come as the International Association of Athletics Federations, (IAAF) continue to celebrate its 100 year anniversary of world athletics. They have created an IAAF Centenary Commemorative Medal, copies of which were sent to IAAF Member Federations, allowing them to select and honour worthy recipients who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport.
An Award was given to the first ever president of the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Mr. Dennis Freddie Knight. He was given the award for the role he played in shaping track and field in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Before there was the SKNAAA it was the St. Kits and Nevis Cycling Association and Knight became the first president of the SKNAAA.
Dennis Knight Currently sits as Vice President of the National Olympic Committee.
The second individual awarded Sunday night was James ‘Mologo’ Kelly, who can boast to be the only area technical official, certified by the IAAF in this particular zone.
Mr. Kelly is very instrumental in the overseeing of a number of meets around the region.
Young Athlete Adrian Williams was also awarded for his contribution, as he is the only individual from the federation to ever hold a CARIFTA record, and as a teenager, Williams has broken the National Record twice for the year.
He is also one of two athletes to win a Commonwealth Youth Games medal.
The fourth awardee came as no surprise to persons, as the individual awarded is known as the man who put St. Kitts and Nevis on the map, Mr. Kim Collins. Collins was recognized for his overall outstanding achievements and contributions to the sport. He was an Olympic finalist, World Champion, World medallist on several occasions and Commonwealth Champion.
The award went to Kim Collins for significantly helping to transform athletics in St. Kitts and Nevis.
In response, Collins thanked the SKNAAA for giving him the honour and stated that he is happy to see that so many young athletes are coming out to take up where he left off.
The awards were presented by president of the SKNAAA Glenville Jeffers and General Secretary of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Mr. George PERYER.
The medals were presented at the OECS Invitational meet at the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Sunday 10th June, 2012.