A total of 63 nominations were received for the eight award categories of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2009. Bermuda and Argentina lead the way with 14 and 12 nominations respectively.
Martin Vieira, Regional Development Manager commented: "I congratulate the countries who were active in this project submitting quality nominations to be considered. I am pleased to see that the two countries that were most active captured five awards. Congratulations to the winners and a sincere thank you to the many volunteers in the region, without their support our achievements in the development programme would be severely restricted."
This year Bermuda lead the way with three awards, both Argentina and Brazil captured two, while Chile received one.
Although Argentina and Mexico provided stiff competition in this category, the "Best Overall Cricket Development Programme" award went to the Bermuda Cricket Board for an amazing third consecutive year.
Argentina's new website and quarterly magazine earned them the "Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing Programme" award.
Brazil earned the "Best Women's Cricket Initiative" award for their progress in fielding a national team.
Brazil won their second award for the "Best Junior Cricket Initiative" organizing and hosting a South American U13 Championship.
Once again the "Photo of the Year" category engrossed the most nominations for 2009 which made the final decision very difficult for the judges. Bermuda claimed its second award with the submission "Keep your eye on the ball", which best describes the look of concentration on the young batters face. Panama's "This might hurt a bit" and Bermuda's "I'm going to catch this" were the runners-up in this category.
Argentina earned its second award for "Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative in Partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF" with the "Villas 21 and 24" project in Buenos Aires.
The "Volunteer of the Year" award also attracted several excellent nominations again this year, and demonstrated to be one of the toughest categories to select. The award this year went to Chilean-born Miguel Angel Hernandez who continued his tireless efforts to get local children involved. Miguel was followed by Brazil's Matt Featherstone and Argentina's Roberto Prata.
Bermuda obtained its third award this year as its President Reginald Pearman was selected to receive the "Lifetime Service Award" for his 38 years of service to the game.
All ICC Americas Development Programme Award winners will now be nominated for the Global Award in their respective category. The ICC judging panel will then select a global winner from the five regions in each of the categories. The global winners will be announced on 28 February 2010.
ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Martin Vieira remarked: "I wish all our regional winners good luck in the global judging and thank those countries who actively participated in this year's contest."
ICC Americas Development Programme Award Winners 2009
|Best Overall Cricket Development Programme||Bermuda|
|Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing Program||Argentina|
|Best Women?s Cricket Initiative||Brazil|
|Best Junior Cricket Initiative||Brazil|
|Photo of the Year||Bermuda|
|Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative in Partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF||Argentina|
|Volunteer of the Year||Chile|
|Lifetime Service Award||Bermuda|