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Finalists announced for Sport Australia Media Awards

Siren Sport is beyond thrilled to have been named as a finalist in the 2020 Sport Australia Media Awards!

Sport Australia has today announced the finalists for the annual Sport Australia Media Awards.

The Sport Australia Media Awards have been running since 2002 and recognise excellence in
Australian sports journalism, broadcasting, production and photography.

There was strong contention for places among the finalists again this year with more than 330 entries
received, including 78 entries for the highly-competitive Best sport profile – written category.
Given the unique challenges of 2020, Sport Australia also introduced a new award Innovation in
sports media which acknowledges the important role media plays in engaging new participants and
audiences in sport.

It is this award that we, Siren Sport, are a finalist for! We are beyond thrilled to receive this kind of recognition in our first year and we thank everyone from our contributors, financial supporters and readers for being on the journey with us in 2020.

We are also so honoured to be included in some amazing company with so many women in sport that we admire who have also been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to sports media.

Congratulations especially to our dear friends at The Outer Sanctum for being a finalist in the ‘Best depiction of inclusive sport’ category and to the ABC’s Amanda Shalala for multiple nominations for all she does for women in sport coverage.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Sport Australia Media Awards will be held online with winners announced
in February 2021.


Best sport profile – broadcast
• Chris Gillett, ‘Tayla Harris’, 7.30, ABC TV
• Laurence Billiet, ‘FREEMAN’, ABC TV + iview
• Quentin McDermott, Greg Hassall, Rebecca Armstrong, Ian Harley, ‘Beating the Blues’,
Australian Story, The ABC,
• Adrian Brown, Richard Ostroff, ‘The Test – A New Era for Australia’s Team’, Whooshka
Media and Cricket Australia

Innovation in sports media
• David Mark, ‘The Science of Running’, ABC
• ‘Siren: A Women in Sport Collective’, Siren Sport
• Jack Snape, ‘AFL and NRL analysis for ABC Sport’, ABC
• ‘Fox Sports Audio, Virtual Crowd and Flying Fox Camera’, Fox Sports Australia

Best coverage of sport for people with disability
• Matthew Carmichael, ‘Paralympic Presence’, 7 News
• Daniela Intili, ‘Nine-year-old Brydi’, ABC
• Scott Spits, The Age
• Nas Campanella, Celina Edmonds, John Lang, ‘Sydney Paralympics 20th Anniversary’, ABC

Best depiction of inclusive sport
• Johanna McDiarmid, ‘The Cheer Community’, ABC
• The Outer Sanctum, ABC
• Amanda Shalala, ‘In Her Words’, ABC
• David Davutovic, Ben Coonan, ‘Football Belongs’, Optus Sport

Best coverage of a community sport issue – rural & regional media
• Daniel Miles, ‘AFL called on to give greater recognition for marngrook and Moyston as home of
football’, ABC News
• Nick Wright, ‘Sporting Chance’, Townsville Bulletin
• Donna Page, ‘It’s Just Not Cricket’, Newcastle Herald
• Kieran Pender, Mike Bowers, ‘From the ashes of catastrophe: how ‘aqua therapy’ is helping a
town through 2020’, Freelance, Guardian Australia

Best sports photography
• Darrian Traynor, ‘Throwing everything at it’, Freelance/Getty
• Michael Dodge, ‘Iso training’, Australian Associated Press
• Scott Barbour, ‘Flying high’, Australian Associated Press
• Scott Barbour, ‘The Melbourne Cup’, Australian Associated Press

Best reporting of an issue in sport
• Jessica Halloran, Julian Linden, ‘On Thin Ice: Katia’s Story’, The Australian and The Daily
• Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Amy Donaldson, Fred Shaw, Justin Stevens, ‘The Final Race’, 7.30,
• Jenny Sinclair, ‘Fertility and elite female athletes’, Netball Scoop
• Quentin McDermott, Angela Leonardi, Caitlin Shea, ‘Boots and All’, Australian Story, ABC
• Andrew Probyn, Jack Snape, ‘Sports Rorts: from kick-off to cash splash and that colour-coded
spreadsheet’, ABC News

Best sport coverage by an individual – video
• Brenton Speed, Fox Sports Australia
• Zac Bailey, NRL Digital and NRL.com
• Kelli Underwood, ABC and Fox Sports Australia
• Amanda Shalala, ABC

Best sport coverage by an individual – written
• Julian Linden, The Daily Telegraph
• Will Swanton, The Australian
• Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail
• Adrian Proszenko, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald
• Tracey Holmes, ABC Online

Best sport coverage by an individual – audio
• Neroli Meadows, Freelance
• Quentin Hull, ABC Radio
• Gerard Whateley, SEN
• Tracey Holmes, ABC Radio

Best coverage of a sporting event
• SBS Sport, ‘2020 Tour de France’
• The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, ‘ICC Women’s T20 World Cup’
• The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Best Games Ever’
• Fox Sports Australia, ‘Boxing Day Test’
• Optus Sport, ‘UEFA Champions League’

Best sport profile – written
• Iain Payten, ‘Judging Jane Saville’, The Sydney Morning Herald
• Konrad Marshall, ‘From prison to premiership: the road to Marlion Pickett’s AFL debut’, Good
• Adrian Proszenko, ‘The method and madness of Des Hasler’, The Sydney Morning Herald and
The Sun-Herald
• Megan Hustwaite, ‘Tour of Duty’, Herald Sun Weekend magazine

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