Past winners of the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards

SJA Sports Writer of the Year

Martin Samuel receives the Sportswriter of the Year trophy for a fifth time from SJA chairman David Walker at our British Sports Journalism Awards. Picture by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images
Martin Samuel receives the Sportswriter of the Year trophy for a fifth time from SJA chairman David Walker at our 2013 British Sports Journalism Awards. Picture by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images
  • 2014: Martin Samuel
  • 2013: Martin Samuel
  • 2012: Paul Hayward
  • 2011: Michael Atherton
  • 2010: Martin Samuel
  • 2009: Michael Atherton
  • 2008: Patrick Collins
  • 2007: Martin Samuel
  • 2006: Martin Samuel
  • 2005: Martin Samuel
  • 2004: Duncan Mackay
  • 2003: Stephen Jones
  • 2002: Patrick Collins
  • 2001: Alan Lee
  • 2000: David Walsh
  • 1999: Kevin Mitchell
  • 1998: Colin Gibson
  • 1997: Patrick Collins
  • 1996: Paul Hayward
  • 1995: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1994: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1993: Patrick Barclay
  • 1992: Michael Calvin
  • 1991: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1990: Patrick Collins
  • 1989: Patrick Collins
  • 1988: James Lawton
  • 1987: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1986: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1985: Jeff Powell
  • 1984: Mike Langley
  • 1983: Ronald Atkin
  • 1982: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1981: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1979: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1978: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1977: Frank Keating
  • 1976: Hugh McIlvanney, Ian Wooldridge

SJA Sports Photographer of the Year

The Racing Post’s Edward Whitaker collects the Ed Lacy Trophy as Sports Photographer of the Year for 2011 from the SJA President, Sir Michael Parkinson
  • 2014: Adrian Dennis
  • 2013: Bryn Lennon
  • 2012: Adrian Dennis
  • 2011: Edward Whitaker
  • 2010: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2009: Scott Heavey
  • 2008: Edward Whitaker
  • 2007: Gareth Copley
  • 2006: Stu Forster
  • 2005: Mike Hewitt
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Tom Jenkins
  • 2002: Clive Mason
  • 2001: Bob Martin
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Mike King
  • 1998: Mike Hewitt
  • 1997: Russell Cheyne
  • 1996: Clive Brunskill
  • 1995: Dave Joyner
  • 1994: Robert Hallam
  • 1993: Ross Kinnaird
  • 1992: Bob Martin
  • 1991: Chris Cole
  • 1990: David Ashdown
  • 1989: John Evans
  • 1988: Michael Steele
  • 1987: David Ashdown
  • 1986: Norman Lomax
  • 1985: Chris Smith
  • 1984: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1983: Bob Thomas
  • 1982: Chris Smith
  • 1981: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1980: Chris Smith
  • 1979: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1978: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1977: Gerry Cranham
This picture from the Hungarian Grand Prix got Paul Gilham on the SJA's winner's rostrum in 2010
This picture from the Hungarian Grand Prix got Paul Gilham on the SJA’s rostrum in 2010

SJA Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year

SJA members voted overwhelmingly for BBC Radio's Alison Mitchell as their Sports Broadcaster of the Year
SJA members voted overwhelmingly for BBC Radio’s Alison Mitchell as their 2013 Sports Broadcaster of the Year

From 2005-2013, voted for by SJA membership. From 2014, based on entered work

  • 2014: Eleanor Oldroyd
  • 2013: Alison Mitchell
  • 2012: Clare Balding
  • 2011: Mark Pougatch
  • 2010: Jonathan Overend
  • 2009: Jeff Stelling
  • 2008: Jeff Stelling
  • 2007: Jeff Stelling
  • 2006: Jeff Stelling
  • 2005: Jeff Stelling

SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year

  • 2014: Daily Mail
  • 2013: Daily Mail
  • 2012: The Times
  • 2011: The Times
  • 2010: The Times

SJA Broadcast Sports Journalist of the Year

  • 2014: Mike Costello

SJA Columnist of the Year

  • 2014: Martin Samuel
  • 2013: Matthew Syed
  • 2012: Patrick Collins
  • 2011: Oliver Holt
  • 2010: Michael Atherton
  • 2009: Michael Atherton
  • 2008: Oliver Holt
  • 2007: Simon Barnes
  • 2006: Patrick Collins
  • 2005: James Lawton
  • 2004: Patrick Collins
  • 2003: Brian Reade
  • 2002: Michael Parkinson
  • 2001: Simon Barnes
  • 2000: Patrick Collins
  • 1999: Patrick Collins

Feature writer

The awards evening in March 2014 offered plenty of opportunities to catch-up with old friends from the media and sport: David Walker, the sports editor of the Sunday Mirror as well as chairman of the SJA, left, with former England football manager Terry Venables and the evening's presenter, John Inverdale
The awards evening in March 2014 offered plenty of opportunities to catch-up with old friends from the media and sport: David Walker, the sports editor of the Sunday Mirror as well as chairman of the SJA, left, with former England football manager Terry Venables and the evening’s presenter, John Inverdale
  • 2014: Paul Hayward
  • 2013: Matthew Syed
  • 2012: David Walsh
  • 2011: Matthew Syed
  • 2010: Matthew Syed
  • 2009: Owen Slot
  • 2008: Owen Slot
  • 2007: Matthew Syed
  • 2006: James Lawton
  • 2005: Owen Slot
  • 2004: Donald McRae
  • 2003: Andrew Longmore
  • 2002: Patrick Collins
  • 2001: David Walsh
  • 2000: Ian Chadband
  • 1999: Kevin Mitchell

 Specialist Correspondent

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Wordmark_white on redIn 2014, this category specified for the first time that it excluded football, cricket and rugby journalists, as these sports now had their own specialist categories

  • 2014: Paul Mahoney
  • 2013: Henry Winter
  • 2012: Michael Atherton
  • 2011: Michael Atherton
  • 2010: Henry Winter
  • 2009: Henry Winter
  • 2008: Michael Atherton
  • 2007: Kevin Garside
  • 2006: Doug Gillion
  • 2005: Matt Dickinson
  • 2004: Henry Winter
  • 2003: Brian Doogan
  • 2002: Matt Dickinson
  • 2001: Alan Lee
  • 2000: David Walsh
  • 1999: Paul Mahoney

Cricket Journalist

  • 2014: Mike Atherton

Football Journalist

  • 2014: Henry Winter

Rugby Journalist

  • 2014: Stephen Jones

 

Those attending our awards were able to enjoy a pre-dinner reception and review some of the stunning winning entries in the SJA British Sports Photography Awards
Those attending our awards are able to enjoy a pre-dinner reception and review some of the stunning winning entries in the SJA British Sports Photography Awards

Sports News Reporter

  • 2014: Matt Lawton
  • 2013: David Conn
  • 2012: David Walsh
  • 2011: Paul Kelso
  • 2010: Neil Ashton
  • 2009: David Conn
  • 2008: Rob Draper
  • 2007: Neil Harman
  • 2006: Adrian Warner
  • 2005: Rob Draper
  • 2004: David Conn
  • 2003: Joe Melling
  • 2002: Not awarded
  • 2001: Owen Slot
  • 2000: Owen Slot
  • 1999: Mihir Bose
Neil Ashton receives his Sports News Reporter award for 2010 from doyen of the "rotters", John Jackson
Neil Ashton receives his Sports News Reporter award for 2010 from doyen of the “rotters”, John Jackson

Scoop of the Year

Previously Sports News Story

  • 2014: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
  • 2013: Mark Ogden
  • 2012: Lawrence Booth
  • 2011: Mark Souster
  • 2010: Mazher Mahmood
  • 2009: Paul Kelso
  • 2008 :Rob Draper and Daniel King
  • 2007: David Norrie
  • 2006: Stephen Jones
  • 2005: Rob Beasley
  • 2004: Duncan Mackay
  • 2003: Not awarded
  • 2002: Harry Harris
  • 2001: John Goodbody
  • 2000: Mark Reason
  • 1999: Matt Dickinson

Regional Sportswriter

  • 2014: Jon Colman
  • 2013: Jon Colman
  • 2012: Jon Colman
  • 2011: Jon Colman
  • 2010: Martin Smith
  • 2009: Mike Aitken
  • 2008: Jon Colman
  • 2007: Mike Aitken
  • 2006: Doug Gillon
  • 2005: Martin Smith
  • 2004: Jeremy Wilson
  • 2003: Martin Smith
  • 2002: Doug Gillon
  • 2001: John Gibson
  • 2000: Graham Redfearn and Maggie Stratton
  • 1999: John Gibson
Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, after a career spanning six decades, makes his acceptance speech after receiving the SJA Doug Gardner Award in March 2013
Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, after a career spanning six decades, makes his acceptance speech after receiving the SJA Doug Gardner Award in March 2013

Young Sports Writer

for the Ian Wooldridge Award

  • 2014: James Gheerbrant
  • 2013: Jack Pitt-Brooke
  • 2012: Martha Kelner
  • 2011: Jonathan Liew
  • 2010: Oliver Brown
  • 2009: Oliver Brown
  • 2008: Emma John
  • 2007: Oliver Brown

SJA Doug Gardner Award

Hugh McIlvanney received a standing ovation from his peers when he went up to collect the Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism from the SJA President, Sir Michael Parkinson
Hugh McIlvanney received a standing ovation from his peers in 2009 when he collected the Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism from the SJA President, Sir Michael Parkinson

for Services to Sports Journalism and the SJA

  • 2015: Sir Michael Parkinson
  • 2014: Mike Ingham
  • 2013: Jeff Powell
  • 2012: Barry Newcombe
  • 2011:  John Samuel
  • 2010: Patrick Eagar
  • 2009: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 2008: Ian Cole
  • 2007: Chris Smith
  • 2006: Bill Colwill, OBE
  • 2005: David Welch
  • 2004: Morley Myers
  • 2003: Monte Fresco
  • 2002: Stewart Fraser
  • 2001: Ian Wooldridge
  • 2000: David Miller
  • 1999: John Bromley, OBE
  • 1998: Trevor Bond
  • 1997: Bill Bateson
  • 1996: Ken Jones
  • 1995: Alan Weeks
  • 1992: Tom Clarke
  • 1991: David Hunn
  • 1990: Dr Malcolm Brodie, MBE
  • 1989: Terry O’Connor
Broadcasting success: the SJA recognises excellence in sports broadcasting, with Clare Balding being named as the 2012 Sports Broadcaster of the Year at our Sports Journalism Awards, here presented with her trophy by the British Paralympic Association's Tim Hollingsworth
Broadcasting success: the SJA recognises excellence in sports broadcasting, with Clare Balding being named as the 2012 Sports Broadcaster of the Year, presented by the British Paralympic Association’s Tim Hollingsworth

Television Sport Live Broadcast

Introduced in 2014

  • 2014: BBC Sport: Commonwealth Games

Radio Sport Live Broadcast

Introduced in 2014

  • BBC Radio 5Live: Commonwealth Gaes

Television Sports Documentary

Introduced in 2014

  • 2014: BT Sport: The Crazy Gang

Radio Sports Documentary

Introduced in 2014

  • 2014: TalkSport: Kick Off Mental Health

Best Special Edition

Introduced in 2014. For the best one-off sports supplement or special edition exhibiting any and all the facets of the best journalism – layout, picture use, strong writing and overall impact, online or in print

  • 2014: Daily Mirror: Cheltenham supplement

Radio Sports Programme

From 2010-2013, voted for by SJA membership. From 2014, based on entered work

  • 2013: My Sporting Life (TalkSport)
  • 2012: Test Match Special (BBC)
  • 2011: BBC 5 Live – Depression in Cricket
  • 2010: Test Match Special (BBC)

TV Sports Programme

From 2010-2013, voted for by SJA membership. From 2014, based on entered work

  • 2013: Sports Life Stories (ITV)
  • 2012: London Olympics (BBC)
  • 2011: Test Cricket (Sky Sports)
  • 2010: Test Cricket (Sky Sports)
Another past Sports Photographer of the Year, Getty Images's Laurence Griffiths, was not caught with his pants down when this moment happened in a League Cup tie between Spurs and Aston Villa, one of the leading entries in the 2013 SJA Sports Photography Awards
Another past Sports Photographer of the Year, Getty Images’s Laurence Griffiths, was not caught with his pants down when this moment happened in a League Cup tie between Spurs and Aston Villa, one of the leading entries in the 2013 SJA Sports Photography Awards

Sports Picture

  • 2014: Matthew Lewis
  • 2013: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2012: Andrew Boyers
  • 2011: John Sibley
  • 2010: Paul Gilham
  • 2009: Gareth Copley
  • 2008: Clive Mason
  • 2007: Carl Recine
  • 2006: Not awarded
  • 2005: David Ashdown
  • 2004: Darren Staples
  • 2003: Mark Robinson
  • 2002: Not awarded
  • 2001: Mike King
  • 2000: Russell Cheyne
  • 1999: Ross Kinnaird
The work of Eddie Keogh from Reuters, such as this picture of judges during the European gymnastics championships, as a competitor performs a somersault, regularly featured in the SJA Sports Photography Awards
The work of Eddie Keogh from Reuters, such as this picture of judges during the European gymnastics championships, as a competitor performs a somersault, regularly featured in the SJA Sports Photography Awards

Sports News Picture

  • 2014: Graham Chadwick
  • 2013: Toby Melville
  • 2012: Richard Heathcote
  • 2011: Mark Robinson
  • 2010: Eddie Keogh
  • 2009: Eddie Keogh
  • 2008: Marc Aspland
  • 2007: Marc Aspland
  • 2006: Alex Livesey
  • 2005: David Ashdown
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Dave Rogers
  • 2002: Mark Leech
  • 2001: Nick Potts
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Hugh Routledge

Specialist Sports Portfolio

Bryn Lennon accepting the trophy as 2013 British Sports Photographer of the Year from the SJA chairman, David Walker
Bryn Lennon accepting the trophy as 2013 British Sports Photographer of the Year from the SJA chairman, David Walker

for the Phil Sheldon Trophy

  • 2014: Gareth Copley
  • 2013: Bryn Lennon
  • 2012: Philip Brown
  • 2011: Edward Whitaker
  • 2010: Carl de Souza
  • 2009: Toby Melville
  • 2008: Edward Whitaker
  • 2007: Gareth Copley
  • 2006: Edward Whitaker
  • 2005: Tom Shaw
  • 2004: Leo Mason
  • 2003: Tom Jenkins
  • 2002: Clive Mason
  • 2001: Stephen Hird
  • 2000: Brandon Malone

Sports Portfolio

  • 2014: Adrian Dennis
  • 2013: Lee Smith
  • 2012: Eddie Keogh
  • 2011: Tom Jenkins
  • 2010: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2009: Scott Heavey
  • 2008: Matt Dunham
  • 2007: Paul Gilham
  • 2006: Stu Forster
  • 2005: Mike Hewitt
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Clive Mason
  • 2002: Mike Hewitt
  • 2001: Bob Martin
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Mike King
One of the images that helped to win Adrian Dennis the title of Sports Photographer of the Year: Usain Bolt celebrates with fans by taking a "Selfie" with their mobile phone right after setting a world record with his Jamaican team in the 4x100m relay at the London Olympics
One of the images that helped to win Adrian Dennis the title of Sports Photographer of the Year in 2012: Usain Bolt celebrates with fans by taking a “Selfie” with their mobile phone right after setting a world record with his Jamaican team in the 4x100m relay at the London Olympics

laureus_logoLaureus Sports Website of the Year

  • 2014: Guardian
  • 2013: Daily Mail
  • 2012: BBC London 2012

Specialist Sports Website

  • 2014: Sporting Intelligence

Investigative Sports Reporter

  • 2014: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert

David Welch Student Sports Writer

  • 2014: Mark Critchley
  • 2013: Teddy Cutler
  • 2012: James Gheerbrant
  • 2011: Michael Taylor

Discontinued categories

Sports Betting Writer

  • 2013: Greg Wood
  • 2012: Ed Hawkins
  • 2011: Ed Hawkins
  • 2010: Ed Hawkins
  • 2009: Steve Palmer
  • 2008: Steve Palmer

Cartoonist

  • 2013: Russel Herneman
  • 2012: Matt Pritchett
  • 2011: Nick Newman
  • 2010: Kerber and Black
  • 2009: Paul Wood
  • 2008: Nick Newman
  • 2007: Nick Newman
  • 2006: Kerber and Black
  • 2005: Nick Newman

Interviewer

2012 Oliver Brown
2011 Donald McRae
2010 Donald McRae
2009 Donald McRae
2008 Paul Kimmage
2007 Paul Kimmage
2006 Paul Kimmage
2005 Paul Kimmage
2004 Paul Kimmage
2003 David Walsh

Sports Diarist

2009 David Hills
2008 David Hills
2007 Charles Sale
2006 Alan Hubbard
2005 Charles Sale
2004 Alan Hubbard
2003 Charles Sale

Internet Sports Writer

2011 Nick Harris
2010 Nick Harris
2009 equal first: Kevin Eason and Duncan Mackay
2008 John Hopkins
2007 Matt Slater

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