Leon Johnson grateful for national award, other sportsmen also honoured

Guyana Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson, who is among the recent National Awardees, says he is honoured to have been bestowed with Guyana’s fourth highest award in the Order of Service of Guyana – the Golden Arrow of Achievement. 

Johnson’s name was revealed on the occasion of the 49th Republic Anniversary of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on February 23, 2019.   

“‘I’m very honoured to receive this prestigious award,” the 31-year-old, who is currently on tour with the national team, told The Xercise Sport.  

Briefly recounting the genesis of his career, Johnson almost nostalgic added: “I’ve been privileged to represent Guyana at both the youth and senior level. 

 “I have won many awards during my career but this one surely dwarfs the others. I’ve always represented Guyana with pride and passion and elated that the powers that be have chosen me for this award.” 

Johnson has led Guyana to four successive regional West Indies Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Four-day titles in the last four years and may very well record Guyana’s fifth in 2019.   

An elegant left hander by trade, Johnson has represented Guyana in 107 first class matches since making his debut against the Leeward Islands in 2004. He also featured in 67 list ‘A’ matches and 14 20/20 fixtures.   

The Golden Arrow of Achievement (A.A.) is awarded to any citizen of Guyana who has performed an outstanding and specific act of service or achievement of an exceptional nature, or is given for long and dedicated service of a consistently high standard in responsible offices, local government services, social and voluntary services, industry or trade unions, or in any other area of public service. 

Meanwhile, the occasion of Guyana’s 49th Republic Anniversary also saw a number of other sport personalities being honoured.   

According to Stabroek News, among those identified for national awards are President of the Guyana Olympic Association, Kalam Azad Juman Yassin and Garfield Wiltshire, the current Treasurer of the Guyana Olympic Association and a former Caribbean men’s singles squash champion. 

Also named in the list of His Excellency President David Granger, MSS, are Leslie Black, Hilbert Foster, Lawrence Sparrow Griffith, Eion Jardine, Terrence Poole and Nasrudeen Mohamed.