Belizean heroes Ian Gaynair, who scored Belize’s only goal in 2013 Gold Cup USA, and goalkeeper Woodrow West continue to receive accolades honoring their honesty and integrity in reporting the attempt to bribe them into match-fixing.
Governor General Sir Colville Young Sr, who is a Patron of the Belize Olympic Committee, presented the Gilmore Henkson trophy to West and Gaynair at Belize House in Belmopan on Wednesday, August 28th.
The Fair Play Commission of the Belize National Olympic and Commonwealth Games committee chose to honor West and Gaynair with the Gilmore Henkson Award for their honesty and patriotism during their participation in the Gold Cup. The Commission is led by its president Charles Bartley Hyde, along with members: Raymond Lashley, Hadie Gomez, Yolanda Fonseca and Edward “Ned” Pitts.
A release from the commission observes that “their character exemplifies the aims and objectives of the International Olympic Committee.”
The award is named in honor of Belizean athlete Gilmore Henkson, who was an outstanding football, softball and cricket player and who also served as Secretary of the Belize Olympic Committee for many years.
The two heroes were to have received the award on Tuesday, August 6, and this week’s award ceremony comes exactly one month after CONCACAF honored West and Gaynair with good sportsmanship trophies for upholding the FIFA principles of Fair Play at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, July 28, after the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship finals, which the United States won 1-0 over Panama.
CONCACAF had rewarded West and Gaynair with an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago where they were honoured guests at CONCACAF President Rafael Tinoco’s banquet after the game.