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Finalists announced for Sport Australia Media Awards

Finalists announced for Sport Australia Media Awards

Sport Australia congratulates the following finalists for the prestigious Sport Australia Media Awards, with winners to be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney early next year.

There was strong contention for places among the finalists this year, Sport Australia receiving more than 350 entries.

The Sport Australia Media Awards (#SportAUSMediaAwards) have been running since 2002 and are Australia’s only awards dedicated to recognising excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting, production and photography.

Finalists will be invited to a gala dinner in Sydney on Thursday, 13 February, 2020. The ceremony will also honour a new recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for sports journalism, last awarded to Dennis Cometti AM.

Best reporting of an issue in sport
Shark Island Productions, ‘The Final Quarter’
Jamie Pandaram, ‘Israel's holy war’, News Corp Australia
Phil Lutton, Damian Ryan, ‘The Shayna Jack Doping Case’, Nine-Fairfax
Triple M, ‘Concussion in the AFL - Paddy McCartin's story’
Michael Carayannis, ‘The best there never was’, Daily Telegraph
Samantha Lane, ‘Adam Goodes: My love for the game died inside me’, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age

Best individual sport coverage – broadcast
Brenton Speed, Fox Sports Australia
Corbin Middlemas, ABC
Gerard Whateley, SEN Radio and Fox Footy
Tracey Holmes, ABC

Best individual sport coverage – written
Jessica Halloran, News Corp Australia
Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend
Mark Robinson, The Herald Sun
Phil Lutton, The Sydney Morning Herald
Will Swanton, The Australian

Best individual sport coverage – digital
Mary Konstantopoulos, Ladies Who League
Samuel Ferris, Cricket Australia
David Weiner, Optus Sport
Jamie van Leeuwen, ESPN

Best coverage of a sporting event
ABC, ‘Invictus Games Sydney 2018’
Seven Network, ‘Cox Plate 2018’
Optus Sport, ‘FIFA Women's World Cup 2019’
The Age, ‘The Ashes’

Best sport profile – broadcast
Richard Bayliss, ‘Top Tier Towns’, Optus Sport
Josh Cable, Marcus Cobbledick, ‘Collingwood: From the Inside Out’, Good Thing Productions
Michael Chammas, ‘Benji Marshall: A long walk to 300 NRL games’,
On The Mark, ‘Travis Varcoe’, Fox Footy

Best sport profile – written
Martin Smith, ‘Rebuilding Burt: How cricket changed a life’,
Nick Walshaw, ‘Braidon Burns’, Daily Telegraph
Peter Badel, ‘Broncos at War’, The Courier Mail
Samantha Lane, ‘Adam Goodes’, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
Will Swanton, ‘Steph Gilmore’, The Australian

Best coverage of sport for people with disability
• ABC, ‘Invictus Games Sydney 2018’
Amanda Smith, ‘Blind Tennis’, Sporty ABC Radio National
Catherine Marciniak, ‘Leagueability’, ABC
Matthew Carmichael, Seven Network

Best regional, rural and suburban sport coverage
Anthony Pancia, ‘Coverage of the 2019 Margaret River Pro’, ABC
Jennifer Browning, ‘Saving the Coonamble Golf Club’, ABC Western Plains
Michael Parris, ‘A male-only tennis club meets its match’, Newcastle Herald
Stuart Walmsley,

Best sports photography
Darren England, ‘Kurtis Patterson classic catch’, Australian Associated Press
Michael Willson, ‘The Kick’, AFL Photos
Hamish Blair, ‘Emerging from the shadows’, Australian Associated Press
• Quinn Rooney, ‘Water Drops’, Getty Images

Best depiction of inclusive sport
Joanna Lester, ‘Power Meri’, Media Stockade
Reece Homfray, ‘The beating heart of Australian Rules’, The Advertiser
Robert Drane, ‘African appearance’, NEXT Media
The Outer Sanctum, ABC

Best contribution to sport via digital media
• Wide World of Sports, ‘The home of rugby league’, Nine Network
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Sport explainers’
The Herald Sun, ‘Sacked’

Best analysis of sport business
• Jamie van Leeuwen, ‘Inside Tasmania's push for an AFL team’, ESPN
• John Stensholt, The Australian
• Tracey Holmes, ‘The Global Swimming Wars’, The Ticket ABC
• The Business of Sport, Sky News 

Sport Australia is the Australian Government’s lead sport agency. Our vision is for Australia to be the world’s most active sporting nation, known for its integrity, sporting success and world leading sports industry. Our mission is to enable more Australians to move more often, to build the capability of sport through a robust, connected industry and to engender national pride and inspiration through achieving international sporting success.
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