Jones named Journalist of the YearSubscribe
Matt Horler 09 March 2004
The Sunday Times swept the board at the annual Sports Writer and Photographer of the Year Awards on Tuesday evening, winning four of the top writing honours.
Rugby union correspondent Stephen Jones was named Sports Journalist of the Year 2003 for his incisive reporting that included England's World Cup triumph in Australia.
The other Sunday Times winners at the event - which was sponsored by UK Sport - were Brian Doogan, who was named Specialist Correspondent of the Year for his insights and interviews in boxing; Andrew Longmore, who won the Sports Feature Writer of the Year award; and David Walsh, who was named Sports Interviewer of 2003.
Not to be outdone in the battle of the broadsheets, the Daily Telegraph won the hotly-contested inaugural Sports Team of the Year award for the paper's passionate reporting on London's Olympic bid.
Scoop of the year went to Joe Melling of the Mail on Sunday, who led the stampede to report David Beckham's signing for Real Madrid - getting the story and the facts right first time back in April. Named Sports News Reporter of the Year, Melling received a standing ovation from his peers at the Portman Square venue to acknowledge their respect and support during his current treatment for cancer.
The tabloids were also well represented with Brian Reade of the Daily Mirror being named Sports Columnist of the Year, while Charlie Sale of the Daily Mail won the inaugural Sports Diarist of the Year award.
Martin Smith of The Star, Sheffield, was named Regional Writer of the Year for his work that included in-depth coverage of the crisis affecting Leeds United.
Getty Images dominated the photographic awards with Clive Mason (Sports Portfolio), Shaun Botterill (Sports Action Picture), Dave Rogers (Sports News Picture) and Scott Barbour (Sports Feature Picture) all picking up honours.
None however could match the work of Tom Jenkins of The Guardian and Observer, who claimed the prestigious Specialist Portfolio and Sports Photographer of the Year awards.
Again the tabloids were not to be outdone with Mark Robinson of The Sun winning Sports Picture of the Year for his shot of Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane battling for the ball in a Champions League clash.
The Sports Journalists' Association also made the annual presentation of the Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism to veteran photographer Monte Fresco.