2017 Joseph Coulter Media Awards Announced

23 November 2017
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Suspended by Jenny Pollard - Winner of 2017 Photo of Year Award

Suspended by Jenny Pollard - Winner of 2017 Photo of Year Award

JOSEPH COULTER BEST NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

“Back in harness: Glory days return to Wayville”

Written by Lincoln Moore and published in the Adelaide Advertiser on June 14, 2017 – and featured prominently in News Corporation web sites – the story covered the pending return of harness racing to the Wayville Showground after a 44 year absence.

GRAHAM GOFFIN MEMORIAL AWARD - BEST FEATURE ARTICLE

“Turning tragedy into triumph”

Paul Courts documents the background to the hugely successful Teal Pants fund raising campaign and the motivation that drives the primary organiser, Duncan McPherson. Published February 7, 2017 on the website www.harnessnews.com.au

GRAHAM GOFFIN MEMORIAL AWARD - BEST REGIONAL STORY

“Meet Scruffy”

A touching feature on 40 year old stallion Oregon Park – known as Scruffy – written by Lucy McCormick and published in the August/September 2017 edition of the Harness Racer and also in the Geelong Advertiser.

GRAHAM GOFFIN MEMORIAL AWARD - BEST HISTORICAL FEATURE

“The Speedway – Real Horse Power at Albert Park”

Researched and written by John Peck and published on the Classic Families website www.classicfamilies.net  just prior to the 2017 Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, the interesting feature chronicles the rich history of the Speedway.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

“The real story of Globe Derby” – a three part series by Max Agnew on the remarkable horse published in three editions of Track Bred during the season.

BEST PUBLISHED ACTION OR STILL PHOTOGRAPH

An extremely difficult award to judge with so many excellent entries, indicative of the fine photographers currently focusing on harness racing….

“Suspended”

An outstanding action shot by Jenny Pollard, published in the Buloke Times in Donald, Victoria, on February 28, 2017. The photograph shows an amazing scene as Glenn Douglas – after being catapulted from his sulky onto the gig of a competitor - holds the reins of his horse while sharing a seat with Michael Bellman in a support race at the Charlton Cup meeting.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

''Albion Park Lightning” – Ashlea Brennan

“That’s it – I’m taking a short cut home” – Jodie Hallows

BEST RADIO FEATURE TO AIR

“Interview with Chris Alford following his 6000th career victory”

Chris Barsby conducted the engaging interview with Chris Alford on his Mobile Rolling program on Thursday May 18, 2017

BEST TELEVISON/VIDEO/FILM FEATURE TO AIR

“Michelle Treacy interview – In The Gig”

This touching feature on the challenges faced by emerging trainer/driver Michelle Treacy aired on Sky Racing’s In The Gig program on May 23, 2017. The reporter was Greg Hayes, who co-produced the segment with Alice Lindeman.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

''Love Ina Chevy comeback” – Harness Racing Victoria

“50 Miracle Miles” – Harness Racing NSW/NSW Harness Racing Club

AWARD OF MERIT FOR DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE IN PROMOTION

“JC Caffyn Indigenous Drivers Series”

The NSW Harness Racing Club first staged this series in 2011 and has since built it into an event that attracts considerable attention and which has bolstered the profile of indigenous participation in harness racing. The heavily promoted series held in October 2016 comprised races staged at tracks throughout NSW and a final at Club Menangle.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

“Alabar HERO Series” – Tanya McDermott, HRV

”Final episode of Harness Review after 24 years” – Len Baker

AWARD OF MERIT FOR DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE & INNOVATION

​Ashlea Brennan

Ashlea Brennan is a prolific and highly effective user of social media both through her own company, Ashlea Brennan Photography, and by managing Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts for Lennytheshark, Australian Pacing Gold, Brennan Racing and Tritton Racing.

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