Awards

14 December 2016

2016 SPORT NEW ZEALAND SIR TERRY McLEAN NATIONAL SPORTS JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

New Zealand’s top sports journalists and photographers were recognised at the 2016 Sport New Zealand Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards dinner in Auckland last night.

NZME/NZ Herald journalist Dylan Cleaver claimed the top award in three categories and shared another and was then announced as CBL Insurance Supreme Sports Journalist of the Year, the third time he has achieved that honour. His series on the impact of dementia on rugby players, was accompanied by other equally newsworthy and well-researched pieces on a range of sporting topics enabling him to scoop the pool.

The other finalists were Fairfax journalist Mark Reason and TVNZ senior journalist Abby Wilson. Dana Johannsen of the Herald was awarded the trophy for the Best single story of the year, for her piece on the split between New Zealand and Australian Netball.

The NZ Herald DJ Cameron Young Journalist Award was won by Raniera Harrison of Maori Television. Two new awards in the multi-media category, went to Andrew Alderson of NZME and the other was shared by NZME photographer Brett Phibbs and Dylan Cleaver.

TVNZ journalist Abby Wilson took out the Award for Best Television, while Glen Larmer of Radio Trackside won the Best Radio award. The Sport New Zealand Lifetime Contribution to Sport through Journalism Award was awarded to Canterbury’s radio and television broadcaster and commentator, double NZ international sportswoman Lesley Murdoch.

In the photography section, the best portfolio category was won by Marty Melville, the best community/adventure category by Simon Watts and the best photograph - of two young people playing ‘ripper rugby’ – was captured by Chris Symes.

The Sir John Wells Sport New Zealand Journalism Scholarships were awarded this year to Niall Anderson of the NZ Herald and Wepiha Te Kanawa from Maori Television. The scholarshjp provides two young journalists the opportunity to spend time in Wellington and Auckland with key sports leaders and organisations to gain a wider understanding of sports governance in New Zealand. Christopher Rieve of the Taranaki Daily News was selected as the Best Provincial Sports Journalist, while the Garry Frew Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Provincial Sports Journalism was given to motor sport commentator Brian Kelly.

Freelance journalist Margot Butcher and veteran Herald journalist Wynne Gray were made Life Members of the Association.

These were the 36th NZSJA awards, the 22nd under the patronage of Sport New Zealand, and the 16th year they have been known as the Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Sport New Zealand, attracted 112 entries across all New Zealand media organisations.

The 2016 TP McLean National Sports Journalism Awards winners, by award category, were:

Award for Sports News Reporting – Print and Online
Dylan Cleaver NZ Herald

Award for Community Sports/Recreational/Adventure reporting
Dylan Cleaver NZ Herald

Award for Sports Column/Opinion
Mark Reason Fairfax/Stuff

Award for multi-media feature
Brett Phibbs/Dylan Cleaver NZ Herald

Award for multi-media live reporting
Andrew Alderson NZME

Award for Sports Broadcasting – Radio
Glen Larmer Radio Trackside

NZOC Award for Sports News Reporting – Television
Abby Wilson TVNZ

Award for Sports Feature – Print & online
Dylan Cleaver NZ Herald

Award for Best Provincial/Community Journalist
Christopher Rieve Taranaki Daily News

Award for Best Sports Photography
Marty Melville MM Photography

Award for Community Sports/Recreational/Adventure Photography
Simon Watts SW Media

New Zealand Herald DJ Cameron Young Journalist Award
Reive Harrison Maori Television

Gary Frew Memorial Award for Contribution to Provincial Journalism
Brian Kelly Tauranga

CBL Insurance Award for Best Single Photo
Chris Symes Media Images

NZSJA Award for Best Single Story
Dana Johannsen NZ Herald

CBL Insurance Supreme Sports Journalist of the Year
Dylan Cleaver

Sport New Zealand Lifetime Contribution to Sport Through Journalism Award
Lesley Murdoch Canterbury

Sir John Wells Sport New Zealand Scholarships:
Niall Anderson NZ Herald; Wepiha Te Kanawa – Maori Television

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