Sports journalism honours its best

Duncan Mackay of The Observer has been named sports writer of the year at the British Sports Journalism awards.

He
also broke the sports story of the year when he revealed that Greek
sprinters Kostas Kanteris and Katerina Thanou were being investigated
for missing drug tests in the build-up to the Athens Olympics.

The
judges said: “Duncan is an excellent choice. His writing just gets
better and better. He has become a key writer on his subject and
required reading.”

Sports photographer of the year, for the second year running, was Tom Jenkins of The Guardian .

The
Olympic writer award went to Simon Barnes of The Times , and The Daily
Telegraph’s Robert Philip won a similar award for his writing on
disability sport. The Times ‘s sports department was named sports team
of the year for a supplement to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the
death of motor racing world champion Ayrton Senna.

The Daily Telegraph’s football correspondent, Henry Winter, was specialist correspondent of the year.

Sports
columnist of the year was The Mail on Sunday ‘s Patrick Collins, sports
feature writer of the year was The Guardian ‘s Donald McRae and sports
news reporter of the year was David Conn of The Independent .

The
sports interviewer prize went to Paul Kimmage of The Sunday Times ,
while Alan Hubbard of The Independent on Sunday was named diarist of
the year.

Jeremy Wilson of the Southern Daily Echo won the regional journalist award.

Photography
awards went to: Tom Jenkins, The Guardian , for Olympic/Paralympic
portfolio, sports portfolio and sports news picture; Leo Mason, Split
Second Photo Agency, for specialist sports portfolio; Gareth Copley,
Press Association, for elite disability sport picture; Dave Shopland,
Evening Standard , for sports feature picture; Andy Couldridge, Action
Images, for sports action picture; and Darren Staples, freelance, for
sports picture.

Andy Hooper of the Daily Mail won the David Worthy Memorial Award.

The awards are organised by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Great Britain and supported by UK Sport.

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