2014 SJA annual meeting to be held Apr 10

SJA LOGOThe 2014 annual meeting of the Sports Journalists’ Association will be held from 1pm on Thursday, April 10, at the Olde Cock Tavern on Fleet Street.

Only fully paid up members of the Association may attend.

The business of the meeting will be to receive an annual report, the annual accounts, appoint auditors and to elect the officers and committee for 2014-2015.

There are no amendments to the SJA constitution recommended by the committee to consider, but motions proposed and seconded by full members and submitted to the secretary in writing no later than seven days before the date of the meeting may be tabled.

Likewise, nominations, with proposer and seconder, for committee members can also be submitted.

Our President, Sir Michael Parkinson, has let it be known that this will be the final year in which he will hold the office. Bill Colwill, the Association’s longest serving member of the committee, our membership secretary, is retiring.

All the present officers are standing for re-election, namely:

Chairman: David Walker
Deputy chairman: Janine Self
Treasurer: Sarah Juggins
Secretary: Steven Downes

Standing for re-election to the committee are: Mary Fitzhenry, Steve Rose, Tom Knight, Randall Northam, Andy Elliott, Howard Wheatcroft.

There are a number of co-opted committee members: Tom Clarke and Brendan Monks as the chairs of the sports journalism judges; Keith Elliott as our training adviser; Barry Newcombe as the immediate past chairman and AIPS delegate; and Philip Barker as UEPS delegate.

That leaves two places available to the elected committee. Nominations made by the general committee are Lizzie Ammon (proposed: Steven Downes, seconded: Sarah Juggins) and Jon Ryan (proposed: David Walker, seconded: Steven Downes).

A buffet lunch will be provided after the business of the meeting is concluded (though we ask members to buy their own drinks).

This is an excellent opportunity to socialise, network and meet your committee to discuss the Association’s activities.

Proposals, or committee nominations need to be made by Wednesday, April 2, by email to , with “Annual meeting proposal” in the subject field, please.

Any SJA member wishing to attend is also asked to book themselves in (for catering purposes), also by sending an email to the secretary,, with “AGM attendance” in the subject field.

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
Mon Apr 14: SJA Spring Golf Day: Croham Hurst GC, Surrey. Booking details to be announced