Lord Coe pays tribute as Vikki Orvice is honoured with posthumous award

Vikki Orvice has been honoured for her services to athletics coverage across the world.

The Sun’s athletics correspondent died earlier this year after a long fight against breast cancer.

Earlier this month friends and colleagues gathered at Lord’s to pay tribute and raised £103,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.

On Saturday Vikki, a committee member of the SJA, a founding member of Women in Football and a member of the national committee of the Football Writers’ Association, was declared the recipient of the President’s Award by Sebastian Coe.

Lord Coe, a close personal friend, presented the award to Vikki’s husband Ian Ridley at the World Athletics Awards in Monaco.

Just a couple of days earlier the British Athletic Writers’ Association presented the Vikki Orvice Inspiration Award, newly re-named in her honour, to sprinter James Ellington for his battle back from serious injuries sustained in a motorbike accident in January 2017 to return to competition this summer.