The Guardian’s Taylor takes top SJA honour

Daniel Taylor, chief football writer for the Guardian and the Observer, was named Sports Writer of the Year for 2017 at the Sports Journalists’ Association awards tonight (Monday). Taylor also took the Football Journalist of the Year accolade, an award sponsored by UEFA Together #WePlayStrong. He had previously won that category in 2015 and 2016.

SJA President Patrick Collins said: “Daniel Taylor is one of the truly distinguished journalists of his generation. His courage, persistence and flair make him a worthy winner of the highest honour that British sports journalism has to offer. And to win a second trophy in the hotly contested category of Football Journalist is further testimony to Taylor’s brilliance.”
Richard Conway, of BBC Sports News, was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year, while the BBC’s Mark Chapman won the Broadcast Sports Presenter category. The Sun’s Richard Pelham took the award of SJA Sports Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Canon.

The Doug Gardner Award, which honours a member of the SJA who has made an outstanding contribution to sports journalism and the Association, went to the SJA’s former chair David Walker.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner staged at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, hosted by Jim Rosenthal. Sponsored by the National Lottery, the awards were attended by more than 500 guests including 16 places given by the National Lottery to next-generation journalists.



SJA Sports Writer of the Year 2017 (The John Bromley Trophy)
Daniel Taylor – The Guardian and Observer

SJA Sports Photographer of the Year 2017 (The Ed Lacey Trophy) sponsored by Canon
Richard Pelham – The Sun

SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year 2017
The Guardian

Broadcast Sports Presenter
Mark Chapman – BBC Sport


Written Awards

Cricket Journalist
Winner: Mike Atherton – The Times

Football Journalist sponsored by UEFA Together #WePlayStrong
Winner: Daniel Taylor – The Guardian and Observer

Investigative Sports Reporter
Winner: Jeremy Wilson – The Telegraph

Regional Journalist
Winner: Chris Wathan – Media Wales

Rugby Journalist sponsored by European Professional Club Rugby
Winner: Owen Slot – The Times

Special Sports Edition
Winner: Boxing News – 100 Greatest British Boxers

Specialist Correspondent
Winner: Sean Ingle – The Guardian and Observer

Sports Columnist
Winner: Paul Hayward – Telegraph

Sports Feature Writer
Winner: Donald McRae – The Guardian and Observer

Sports News Reporter
Winner: Matt Lawton – Daily Mail

Sports Scoop
Winner: Martha Kelner & Sean Ingle – The Guardian & Observer – Chris Froome failed drugs test

Sports Website
Winner: The Guardian

Young Sports Writer
Winner: Adam Crafton – Daily Mail / The Mail on Sunday


Broadcast Awards

Broadcast Journalist
Winner: Richard Conway – BBC Sports News

Broadcast Sports Presenter
Winner: Mark Chapman – BBC Sport

Radio Sport Factual or Feature
Winner: Pretty Boy – A tale of bare knuckle boxing – BBC Radio Leeds

Radio Sport Live Broadcast
Winner: Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko – BBC Radio 5Live

Sports Commentator
Winner: David Lloyd – Sky Sports

Television Sport Factual or Feature
Winner: Crossing the Line – Pitch International

Television Sport Live Broadcast
Winner: Europa League Final – A Sunset+Vine production for BT Sport

Broadcast Production Team
Winner: Transfer Deadline Day – Sky Sports


Photography Awards

Away from the Action
Winner: Oli Scarff – Freelance

Sport Picture
Winner: Richard Pelham – The Sun

Canon Sports Portfolio
Winner: Clive Mason – Getty Images

Specialist Sports Portfolio
Winner: Alan Crowhurst – Getty Images

Football Portfolio
Winner: Richard Pelham – The Sun

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