At an award ceremony today in Belmopan, national football team members Ian “Yellow” Gaynair and Woodrow West, who had been previously honored by CONCACAF at its Gold Cup 2013 in the USA for rejecting and reporting attempts by match-fixers, were today honored for their “outstanding honesty and patriotism” by the Belize Olympic Committee’s Fair Play Commission. Accompanied by fellow players and staff of the Belize National Team, Gaynair and West were each presented with the Gilmore Hinkson Fair Play Trophy at Government House in Belmopan by H.E. Sir Colville Young.
According to an Olympic Association release, “The Gilmore Hinkson Trophy was established some years ago by the Belize Olympic Committee in memory of Mr. Gilmore Hinkson, who was a diligent and excellent secretary of the Belize Olympic Committee for many years. He was an outstanding football, softball & cricket player.”
(Ed. Note: The award ceremony was originally scheduled for August 6, but had to be postponed as one of the awardees was reportedly out of the country.
We recall that Mr. Hinkson was also Secretary of the Belize Amateur Football Association in the 1960’s. He was a staunch Olympian who believed in amateurism and thus not supportive of the effort of the likes of the Mugger and Big Mole in aspiring to football professionalism.)