Local sports reporter fights nationals for Wooldridge prize

A journalist from a local newspaper in West Lothian will compete against writers on the Daily Telegraph and Guardian.co.uk in the inaugural young sports writer of the year category at this year’s British Sports Journalism Awards.

Three young sports journalists have been shortlisted for the Ian Wooldridge trophy, named after the veteran Daily Mail sports writer who died last year.

Oliver Brown from the Daily Telegraph, Andy Bull from Guardian.co.uk and Paul Collins of the West Lothian local paper, the Linlithgowshire Journal & Gazette, will all be attempting to be the first winners of the new prize.

The Sports Journalists’ Association’s annual awards, supported by UK Sport and BT Vision, will be presented on 17 March at a gala dinner at The Brewery in London.

Among last year’s winners who will be hoping to retain their awards are the Mail on Sunday‘s Patrick Collins (columnist), Paul Kimmage of The Sunday Times (interviewer), the Independent on Sunday’s Alan Hubbard (diarist) and The Times, which won last year’s team award.

The 2006 cartoonists of the year, Kerber & Black of the Daily Mirror, have also been shortlisted, as have last year’s broadcasting successes, Jeff Stelling of Sky Sports and the BBC‘s SportsWeek radio show.

The shortlist:

Specialist correspondent
Brian Doogan – The Sunday Times
Kevin Garside – Daily Telegraph
Neil Harman – The Times
Stephen Jones – The Sunday Times
Martin Samuel – The Times
Henry Winter – Daily Telegraph

Sports columnist
Michael Atherton – The Sunday Telegraph
Simon Barnes – The Times
Patrick Collins – Mail on Sunday
Oliver Holt – Daily Mirror
Sue Mott – Daily Telegraph
Martin Samuel – The Times

Sports feature writer
Patrick Collins – Mail on Sunday
Paul Hayward – Daily Mail
Matthew Syed – The Times
David Walsh – The Sunday Times
Richard Williams – The Guardian

Sports interviewer
Paul Kimmage – The Sunday Times
Matt Dickinson – The Times
Donald McRae – The Guardian
Matthew Syed – The Times
Ian Stafford – Mail on Sunday
Brian Viner – Independent

Regional writer
Mike Aitken – The Scotsman
Jon Colman – Cumberland News
Andy Neild – Lancashire Telegraph

Sports news reporter
David Bond – Daily Telegraph
David Conn – The Guardian
Daniel King – Mail on Sunday
Neil Harman – The Times
Nick Harris – Independent
Martyn Ziegler – Press Association

Sports diarist
Steve Anglesey – Daily Mirror
Alan Hubbard – Independent on Sunday
David James – Sunday Mirror
Paul Kelso – The Guardian
Charles Sale – Daily Mail
Martyn Ziegler – Press Association

Sports story
Neil Harman – The Times – Henman to retire
Matt Lawton – Daily Mail – West Ham transfer row
Colin MacKenzie – Daily Mail – Fallon drugs shock
Simon Mullock – Sunday Mirror – Eriksson for Man City
David Norrie – News of the World – Freddy and the pedalo
Paul Smith – Sunday Mirror – Capello for England

Sports team
Daily Mail – Steve McClaren sacking
Daily Telegraph – Rugby World Cup
The Guardian – Steve McClaren’s downfall
The Observer – 21st century sport
The Sunday Times – Tour de France
The Times – Bodyline 75 not out

Sports internet writer
Andy Bull – Guardian Unlimited
Paul Doyle – Guardian Unlimited
Ed Gorman – The Times
Ian McNeilly – British Boxing.net
Simon Rothstein – The Sun Online
Matt Slater – BBC

Young sports writer
Oliver Brown – Daily Telegraph
Andy Bull – Guardian Unlimited
Paul Collins – Linlithgowshire Journal & Gazette

Sports cartoonist
Kerber & Black – Daily Mirror
Pete McKee – Sheffield Telegraph
Nick Newman – The Sunday Times

Sports broadcaster
Adrian Chiles
Alan Green
Garry Richardson
Jim Rosenthal
Jeff Stelling
Martin Tyler

Sports programme
Inside Sport – BBC
Match of the Day – BBC
Sports Report – BBC Radio
Rugby World Cup Coverage – ITV
Soccer Saturday – Sky
SportsWeek – BBC Radio

Sports picture of the year
Andy Hooper – The Daily Mail
Carl Recine – Action Images
Carl de Souza – Freelance

Sports news picture of the year
Marc Aspland – The Times
Mike Egerton – Empics

Young sports photographer of the year
Matthew Childs – Action Images
Joe Giddens – Empics

Sports portfolio of the year
Marc Aspland – The Times
Paul Gilham – Getty Images
Leo Mason – freelance

Specialist portfolio of the year
Gareth Copley – Press Association
Paul Gilham – Getty Images
Michael Regan – Action Images

The shortlist for sports writer of the year will be announced next week.

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