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British Athletics Writers’ Association

The British Athletics Writers’ Association (BAWA) was formed in 1963 in a tea hall outside White City stadium to represent athletics writers in the UK. It aims to voice the concerns of athletics journalists with the national athletics federation, UK Athletics, and to ensure the British athletics media is well represented at international championships and events.

BAWA’s annual awards is one of the fixtures on the sportswriters’ social calendar. The awards include: male athlete of the year; female athlete of the year; junior male athlete of the year; junior female athlete of the year; Paralympian of the year; and the Ron Pickering Memorial Award for services to athletics.

Sprinter Adam Gemili being presented with a framed image as his award as the top men's junior athlete in 2012 by the BAWA's chairman, Sandy Sutherland

Sprinter Adam Gemili being presented with a framed image as his award as the top men’s junior athlete in 2012 by the BAWA’s  Sandy Sutherland

We also produce a members’ newsletter four times a year and organise occasional social events and receptions for members and other athletics journalists during major championships.

We hold an Annual General Meeting every year, usually during the UK Championships or London Grand Prix in July or August, and officers of the association are elected every two years.

The 2013-2015 officers are:

Chairman: Simon Hart
E:  simon.hart@telegraph.co.uk
T: 07770 381606

Vice-chairman: Sandy Sutherland
Esportsbasket@hotmail.com
T: 07879 641370

Secretary: Jason Henderson
Ejason.henderson@athleticsweekly.com
T: 07714 338643

Treasurer: Tony Barden
Etony.barden@hotmail.co.uk
T: 07770 747482

Honorary president: Mel Watman
Emel@gardencourt.fsnet.co.uk

Honorary vice-president: Neil Allen

Past BAWA Athletes of the Year

1963 Maurice Herriott Dorothy Hyman
1964 Lynn Davies Mary Rand
1965 Maurice Herriott Anne Smith
1966 Lynn Davies Pam Piercy
1967 Lynn Davies Lillian Board
1968 David Hemery Sheila Sherwood
1969 Ian Stewart Lillian Board
1970 Ian Stewart Rosemary Stirling
1971 David Bedford Barbara Inkpen
1972 David Hemery Mary Peters
1973 Brendan Foster Verona Bernard
1974 Ian Thompson Joyce Smith
1975 Alan Pascoe Andrea Lynch
1976 Brendan Foster Sonia Lannaman
1977 Steve Ovett Tessa Sanderson
1978 Daley Thompson Tessa Sanderson

The Great Britain 4x100 metres relay Olympic gold medal-winning squad of (from left) Mark Lewis-Francis, Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish and Darren Campbell who jointly won the BAWA male athlete of the year award in 2004. Picture by Mark Shearman

The Great Britain 4×100 metres relay Olympic gold medal-winning squad of (from left) Mark Lewis-Francis, Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish and Darren Campbell who jointly won the BAWA male athlete of the year award in 2004. Picture by Mark Shearman

1979 Sebastian Coe Christine Benning
1980 Steve Ovett Kathy Smallwood
1981 Sebastian Coe Kathy Smallwood
1982 Daley Thompson Kathy Smallwood
1983 Steve Cram Fatima Whitbread
1984 Sebastian Coe Tessa Sanderson
1985 Steve Cram Zola Budd
1986 Roger Black Fatima Whitbread
1987 Jon Ridgeon Fatima Whitbread
1988 Linford Christie Liz McColgan
1989 Steve Backley Yvonne Murray
1990 Steve Backley Yvonne Murray
1991 Kriss Akabusi Liz McColgan
1992 Linford Christie Sally Gunnell
1993 Colin Jackson Sally Gunnell
1994 Linford Christie Sally Gunnell
1995 Jonathan Edwards Kelly Holmes

Multiple world champion and world record-breaker Paula Radcliffe was five times the BAWA's woman athlete of the year

Multiple world champion and world record-breaker Paula Radcliffe was five times the BAWA’s woman athlete of the year

1996 Roger Black Denise Lewis
1997 Iwan Thomas Denise Lewis
1998 Iwan Thomas Denise Lewis
1999 Colin Jackson Paula Radcliffe
2000 Jonathan Edwards Denise Lewis
2001 Jonathan Edwards Paula Radcliffe
2002 Dwain Chambers Paula Radcliffe
2003 Darren Campbell Paula Radcliffe
2004 Olympic 4x100m Relay team Kelly Holmes
2005 Jason Gardener Paula Radcliffe
2006 Mo Farah Rebecca Lyne
2007 Marlon Devonish Christine Ohuruogu
2008 Phillips Idowu Christine Ohuruogu
2009 Phillips Idowu Jessica Ennis
2010 Mo Farah Jessica Ennis
2011 Mo Farah Jessica Ennis
2012 Mo Farah Jessica Ennis

 

 

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