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Veteran sports journalists honoured

Published: Thursday | December 4, 2008

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

From left: Ed Barnes, Courtney Sergeant, Lance Whittaker, Bobby Fray, Elton Tucker and Patrick Anderson show off their awards for outstanding service in the field of sports journalism at Wray and Nephew's offices on Spanish Town Road, Kingston, yesterday. - Rudolph Brown/Chief Photographer

THE GLEANER'S Elton Tucker was among six veteran sports journalists, each with more than 25 years' experience, who were recognised by the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday.

Bobby Fray, Patrick Anderson, Courtney Sergeant, Ed Barnes and Lance Whittaker rounded out the group who received awards during a luncheon held in honour of journalists at Wray and Nephew's offices on Spanish Town Road, Kingston.

Fray, a journalist for nearly four decades, said it felt good to be remembered.

"It also speaks volumes for the new PAJ executive and I think, on behalf of the other five awardees, we are really thankful to them," said Fray.

Outstanding coverage

Eight other journalists were also recognised for their coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, earlier this year.

They are Kayon Raynor, The Gleaner's Anthony Foster, Claire Forrester, Brian Cummings, Wayne Walker, André Lowe, Hubert Lawrence and Olive McNaughton.

Lawrence received a special award for his years of service and outstanding coverage of the Olympic Games with the Caribbean Media Corporation.

Tucker, an assistant sports editor at The Gleaner, also covered the Olympics.

Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, offered congratulations to the honourees and lauded the PAJ for placing focus on sports journalism.

Job well done

PAJ President Byron Buckley also commended the awardees for their outstanding contribution.

"You have done your jobs well. Whether it's a football match in the inner city that has been disrupted by gunshots, or a cricket match in the forest of Guyana, you guys have been able to transmit the excitement of these events for the pleasure of your listening and reading audiences," Buckley said.

This week is being observed as Journalism Week and the PAJ will today host an induction ceremony for members of its western Jamaica chapter at the Twisted Kilt in Montego Bay, St James.

The PAJ is celebrating 65 years and will conclude its week of activities with its annual awards ceremony and banquet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.


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