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1 NEWS' Abby Wilson wins award for best television sports journalism

1 NEWS' Abby Wilson has claimed the prize for television sports journalism at the annual TP McLean Sports Journalism Awards.

Wilson led coverage of problems at Cycling New Zealand, after the resignation of high performance coach Anthony Peden amid allegations of bullying and inappropriate behaviour. 

She also put a spotlight on behaviour at Rowing NZ after its high performance manager stepped down, and revealed how the organisation allowed top talent to slip through its fingers. 

Her cycling investigation also earned a separate award for best sports story of the year.

More than 20 staff have left Cycling NZ since the Rio Olympics with many saying it’s due to the toxic environment in the team. Source: 1 NEWS

1 NEWS' Michelle Prendiville was also nominated for the award, as was Ollie Ritchie from Newshub.

Prendiville was also nominated for best coverage of women's sport and won the Sir John Wells scholarship alongside Radio Sports' Reuben Mama.

The scholarship provide young journalists with the opportunity to meet key sports leaders and organisations to gain a wider understanding of sports governance in New Zealand and includes a cash prize.

Mark Crysell and Kim Peacock were nominated for long form sports journalism. 

See the full list of nominees here 

Rowing NZ won’t select athletes who leave our shores, saying they’re dedicated to those who stay at Lake Karapiro. Source: 1 NEWS

Abby Wilson with her prize for top television sports journalist, 2018
Abby Wilson with her prize for top television sports journalist, 2018 Source: 1 NEWS


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