REGGIE DOUGLAS NEVIS SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 2009
Reggie Douglas was once again recognised as Nevis sportsman of the year for 2009, after he first collected the title for 2008.
Not known as much for his cycling as he is for Triathlon, Reggie decided to concentrate his efforts in cycling in 2009 targeting the OECS Cycling Championships as the event to launch himself at the regions best cyclists.
After holding on to his crown as OECS Triathlon Champion for the 4th time at the Nevis Triathlon, Reggie then claimed a first in Grenada Tri and 2nd in Tobago tr, thereafter he focused on cycle racing. Whilst in St Martin over the summer he did more than 20 races for the ‘Mo Trouble’ team, gaining valuable experience and mileage as he prepared for the OECS Championships.
In June Reggie competed in and won the SKN National Time Trial and Road Race Championships held on Nevis alongside female TT and RR Champion Kathryn Bertine, SKN had its new National Champions.
The OECS Cycling Championships was being held in St Lucia and Reggie went with a full team to help him achieve his aim, to take the top spot, after a very brave fight he was out sprinted to the line and had to settle for 3rd place, but it was the highest position even attained by a team from SKN.
His year was by no means done as he then went on to represent the federation at the Cycling World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, he was joined by team mates James Weekes, Monica Ceccon and Kathryn Bertine. This was Reggie’s first trip to Europe and it was a most successful first visit, winning over the local fans and becoming the darlings of the tournament Reggie and his team garnered incredible media coverage, the smallest nation made the loudest noise.
A long time dream of Reggies was to race in a 24 hour mountain bike race, immediately after returning from Europe he got his wish, competing with friends he made in SXM Reggie competed in the Puerto Rico 24hr MTB race and his team took 3rd place.
A Stellar 2008 season was followed by an amazing 2009, and so it was recognised last night at the 8th annual WinnFM ‘Inside Edge’ Sports Awards held in St Kitts and sponsored by KFC. Reggie stood alongside fellow Nevis sportswoman of the year Tessil Nisbet, St Kitts sportswoman of the year Talissa Browne and 3 time St Kitts sportsman of the year Kim Collins.
Special thanks must go out to event organiser and creator Vernon Springer who served as host and MC throughout the night, also to the many other sponsors including Digicel.