Among the names of track and field and football stars vying for this year's Jamaica Sportsman of the Year award is the unlikely figure of squash player Chris Binnie.
But even though rhe nomination is his first ever, one can argue its well deserved, coming recognition of another banner year for the now 8-time Caribbean chjampion and world-ranked star.
"It's incredible to be nominated with the likes of Bolt and Gayle, among others," Binnie yold journalists on receiving the nom. "It's a very big honour for me; I think I'm the first squash player to be nominated for Sportsman of the Year award. Again, I'm appreciative and humbled to be up there with those other top athletes, and it just means I have had a great year. Whether I win or lose, this gives the sport great exposure. I want more people to get involved."
And given, the tendency of stardom to draw new entrants to a sport, even one still as "marginal" as squash, there should be an uptick in participation this year once greater awareness of Binnie's achievements gets around. Consider, he became the the first Jamaican to compete at the Professional Squash Association World Championship in Manchester, England.