Congratulations to Llori Sharpe, our prominent tri-athlete – one of 79 young people who were presented with the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, during a ceremony on the lawns of the Office of the Prime Minister in December.

Awards were presented in the categories of Academics, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Protection, Innovation in Science and Technology, International Achievement, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, and Youth Development, and there was a special Jamaica 55 award.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his address, congratulated the recipients and those shortlisted.

He encouraged then to continue to excel. “Our progress, our prosperity [and] our destiny is unstoppable. I say to all the young people; continue to work hard, continue to put out that effort, keep on doing it for the love, not for the likes,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Jamaica owes a debt of gratitude to its young people who do consistent and commendable work in their communities “to propel our nation to achieve Vision 2030”.

“It is imperative that our youth know that this Government acknowledges their efforts and achievements in helping to build our great nation,” he pointed out.