Student contenders named ahead of big night

The three contenders for the David Welch Student Sportswriter of the Year Award are Teddy Cutler, 21, Oxford University; Siobhan McCall, 25, St Mary’s University, Twickenham; and Jacob Rabinowitz, 19, Oxford University.

Olympic rowing gold medallist Anna Watkins was among the judges for this year's David Welch Student Sportswriter Award
Olympic rower Anna Watkins was among the judges for this year’s David Welch Student Sportswriter Award

Extracts from their entries can be seen at

The award, in its third year were Olympic gold medalist Anna Watkins, Mick Cleary, the rugby correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, Ian Marshall, the head of sport, Simon and Schuster, Jessica Welch and Sue Mott.

Last year’s winner was James Gheerbrant, while the 2011 winner was Michael Taylor.

All three short-listed entrants in this year’s competition have been invited, with a guest, to attend the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards on March 24, when the winner will be announced.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the gala celebration of the best of British sports journalism by booking your ticket – or even a table – for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards on Monday March 24 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden.

The event begins at 6pm, with a champagne reception and opportunity to view an exhibition of many of the leading entries in the photography categories, prior to a three-course dinner and the presentation of the awards.

There are special ticket discounts available to paid-up SJA members. But hurry – tickets are already selling fast.


Mon Mar 24: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Thu Apr 10: SJA annual meeting, Old Cock Tavern, Fleet Street
Mon Apr 14: SJA Spring Golf Day: Croham Hurst GC, Surrey. Booking details to be announced