Jour­nal­ist wins memo­rial tro­phy


WHIT­SUN­DAY Times jour­nal­ist Sharon Small­wood has won the “Stripey Grant Memo­rial award” for me­dia cov­er­age of Air­lie Beach Race Week in 2014.

Ian ‘Stripey’ Grant was a long-time sail­ing jour­nal­ist who wrote a reg­u­lar col­umn in the Whit­sun­day Times called ‘Run­ning the Rhum­blines’.

He died in March 2013 and the award was in­tro­duced to re­mem­ber Stripey’s con­tri­bu­tion and to recog­nise the ef­forts of a me­dia pro­fes­sional in pro­mot­ing the regatta.

Ms Small­wood was to­tally sur­prised when pre­sented with the award at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Mon­day night at the party to cel­e­brate 25 years of Air­lie Beach Race Week.

She said she was very hum­bled by the award, which she de­scribed as “a real hon­our”.

“As well as proof-read­ing his col­umn, which was de­liv­ered ahead of time ev­ery week, I was priv­i­leged to work along­side Stripey on the me­dia boat dur­ing pre­vi­ous race weeks and I hope I con­tinue to be wor­thy of the hon­our his tro­phy sym­bol­ises,” she said.

Man­ag­ing edi­tor of the Whit­sun­day Times, Leanne Aber­nethy, said Ms Small­wood de­served the award for the ef­forts she al­ways gave to pro­mot­ing sail­ing in the Whit­sun­days, and par­tic­u­larly dur­ing race week.

“We know that Stripey would be very happy to know that Sharon’s ef­forts had been recog­nised with this award,” she said.

HON­OURED: Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer and Air­lie Race Week me­dia co-or­di­na­tor Heidi Wal­ton, pre­sent­ing Sharon Small­wood with the Ian 'Stripey' Grant memo­rial tro­phy for me­dia ser­vices to Race Week on Mon­day night. Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

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