Best Sports Story
First Prize- THE MURRAY PIONEER (PAUL MITCHELL)
Writing a story that informs and entertains takes great skill however, creating a narrative that brings about positive change requires incredible passion and a greater level of journalistic nous. In this instance, The Murray Pioneer’s Paul Mitchell has used the power of journalism to help save the Mindarie-Halidon Cup and in turn secure the local racing club’s future, as well as ensuring the subsequent economic benefits continue to flow for the community. The reporting is thorough and well-rounded, and the dire nature of the situation is portrayed with carefully chosen phrasings and appropriate tone. It is clear to see Paul has gone above and beyond to cover every angle, particularly when justifying how valuable the race meet is to the local economy, and his willingness to assist other media outlets in covering the issue is to be commended. This is a meaningful and constructive piece of journalism and a very deserving winner.
Second Prize- THE BUNYIP (LUKE MARCHIORO)
There was a number of high quality stories relating to women’s football among this year’s entries and The Bunyip’s piece on South Gawler Football Club and its 20-year-old coach Aisha Thomas is deserving of praise. The article went beyond the common themes of growing participation numbers and wins and losses, and highlighted the human side to the sport with a particular focus on South Gawler’s inclusive approach. Succinct sentences and well-chosen quotes made for an easy and enjoyable read. Writer Luke Marchioro captured the essence of why football holds a special place in the hearts of many people across the country.
Third Prize- THE BARRIER TRUTH (STUART KAVANAGH)
Another quality entry that brought to life the football journeys of locals Megan Ryan and Jasmine Simmons, who have risen to playing at the elite level. These articles were not only informative and inspiring but contained the right amount of detail so the reader was able to gain a full appreciation of the players’ achievements. Overall writer Stuart Kavanagh produced entertaining articles that are cleverly pieced together with colourful quotes and appropriate background information.
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