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Brown steps into Hayward role as Telegraph chief sports writer

Oliver Brown has been promoted to chief sports writer at the Telegraph where he replaces five-time SJA sports writer of the year Paul Hayward.

Hayward, who has also won columnist of the year and feature writer of the year awards, announced last December that he would be leaving the paper after nine years.

Replacement Brown, chief sports feature writer since 2014, is also no stranger to picking up SJA awards having won the first of his three young writer gongs (pictured centre, above) – the Ian Wooldridge Award – in 2007 and has since won interviewer and feature writer of the year accolades.

Hayward receives The Sports Writer Award from President Patrick Collins (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Brown writes across a variety of sport disciplines and has covered major international sporting events for The Telegraph. He will contribute to all sports coverage in the paper’s standalone supplement, which returns on June 13, as well as across our website and digital editions.

Adam Sills, Head of Sport, Telegraph Media Group said: ā€œI am delighted to promote Oliver to this prestigious role and I know he will thrive in the position. He is a fantastic writer and very popular with our subscribers.  Paul leaves the Telegraph with our respect and gratitude ā€“ it has been my absolute pleasure to work with him ā€“ and we wish him every success.ā€