Aitken and English nominated for sports awards

A SPORTS writer at The Scotsman newspaper and a colleague from sister title, Scotland on Sunday, have made it to the shortlist of UK-wide awards celebrating the best of sports journalism.

The Scotsman’s Mike Aitken and SoS’s Tom English have been nominated in the regional and sports columnist categories respectively in this year’s British Sports Journalism Awards, run by the Sports Journalists’ Association.

Last week, reported the inclusion of freelance Scottish photographer, Tom Main, in the first tranche of nominations.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London a week on Monday.

The shortlist reads:

Regional writer

Mike Aitken The Scotsman
Philip Buckingham Hull Daily Mail
Jon Colman Cumbrian Newspapers
Neil Farrington Newcastle Sunday Sun
John Gibson Evening Chronicle, Newcastle
Amanda Little Cumbrian Newspapers

Sports programme

Inside Sport (BBC)
Olympic Grandstand (BBC)
Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports)
SportsWeek (BBC Radio)
Test Match Special (BBC Radio)

Sports diarist

Steve Anglesey Daily Mirror
David Hills Observer
Alan Hubbard Independent on Sunday
Matt Scott Guardian
Charles Sale Daily Mail
Martin Ziegler Press Association

Sports broadcaster

Claire Balding
John Inverdale
Garry Richardson
Jeff Stelling
Adrian Warner

Specialist correspondent

Michael Atherton The Times
Bill Elliott Freelance
Steve James Sunday Telegraph
Chris McGrath Independent
Kevin Mitchell Observer
Sam Wallace Independent

Sports interviewer

Tim Adams Observer Sport Monthly
Paul Kimmage The Sunday Times
Donald McRae Guardian
Sue Mott Freelance
Ian Stafford Mail on Sunday
Matthew Syed The Times

Sports cartoonist

Tony Husband The Times
Kerber & Black Daily Mirror
Nick Newman The Sunday Times
Steve O’Brien Mail on Sunday

Sports story

Mihir Bose BBC: Premier League’s 39th game
Bob Cass Mail on Sunday: Berbatov for United
Rob Draper/Daniel King Mail on Sunday: Olympic contracts controversy
Derek Pringle/Nick Hoult Pietersen/Moores crisis talks
Ashling O’Connor The Times: Chinese torch row
Alex Spink Daily Mirror: Martin Corry/Gavin Henson

Sports betting writer

Gary Boswell Freelance
John Curle/Kevin Price Daily Mirror
Derek McGovern Daily Mirror
Steve Palmer Racing Post
Kevin Pullein Racing Post
Dan Roebuck Guardian

Sports news reporter

Shaun Custis The Sun
David Conn Guardian
Rob Draper Mail on Sunday
Peter Jackson Daily Mail
Charles Sale Daily Mail
Paul Smith Sunday Mirror

Sports internet writer

Neil Ashton Mailonline
Andy Bull
John Hopkin Timesonline
Jim Munro Sunonline
Matt Slater
Bill Wilson bbcnewsonline

Sports columnist

Michael Atherton The Times
Simon Barnes The Times
Patrick Collins Mail on Sunday
Tom English Scotland on Sunday
Paul Hayward Daily Mail
Oliver Holt Daily Mirror
Marina Hyde Guardian
James Lawton Independent

Sports feature writer

James Corrigan Independent
Donald McRae Guardian
Matthew Syed The Times
Owen Slot The Times
Alex Wade Freelance
Richard Williams Guardian

Sports team

Daily Mail Olympics
Daily Telegraph Olympics
Guardian Munich Anniversary
Guardian Olympics
The Times Munich Anniversary
The Times Olympics

Young sports writer – the Ian Wooldridge Trophy

Oliver Brown Daily Telegraph
James Ducker The Times
Mark Hodgkinson Daily Telegraph
Matt Hughes The Times
Emma John Observer Sport Monthly
Duncan White Sunday Telegraph