2020 Coulter Media Award Winners Annouced

05 February 2021

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) are pleased to announce the 2020 Joseph Coulter Media Award Winners.

The awards are named legendary journalist Joseph Coulter who wrote under the pen name ‘Tuxedo’ for over 50 years.

HRA congratulates this year’s winners of the awards and are appreciative of those who nominated.

Joseph Coulter Best News Story of the Year

Rod Lakey back on board after 14-year hiatus

Written by Kieran Iles and published in the Bendigo Advertiser on 3 April 2020.

This story describes the return race driving of Bendigo’s Rod Lakey following a 14-year break from the sport.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Feature Article

From impossible to Kimpossible

Written by Paul Courts and published on nationaltrotguide.com.au on 9 August 2020.

A trainer’s hard fought battle to be back on track.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Regional Story

Still Plenty in the Tank

Written by Toby Prime and published in the Geelong Advertiser on 5 November 2020.

Details the fifty year career of Inverleigh trainer Bob Kuchenmeister.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Historical Feature

Wayne Campbell farewells once-in-a-lifetime Chip Del

Written by Andrew Adermann and published on harness.org.au on 11 October 2020.

Andrew Adermann tells the story of Chip Del and the impact the mare had on the Campbell family.

Special Commendation

The Bendigo Jockey Club Open

Written by Noel Ridge and published on thetrots.com.au on 11 August 2020.

Noel Ridge provided an incredibly thoroughly researched article on the Bendigo Jockey Club on the grass tracks at Epsom Racecourse, Bendigo.

Best Book or Publication

Miracle Mile Magazine

Author: Club Menangle – Production by Kate Butt and printed in January 2020.

Club Menangle produced this 84-page publication featuring stories, statistics and details on the Club’s flagship race.

Best Published Action or Still Photograph

Harness Kilcoy (pictured)

Taken by Dan Costello at Kilcoy on 30 December 2019 and published in the Pace Magazine in February 2020.

Best Feature Television/Video Film to Air

Magical Melton Vicbred 2020 Finals Broadcast

Hosted by Andrew Bensley and Jason Bonnington and aired on 31 December 2020 on 7Mate

7Mate produced a special free-to-air broadcast of the Vicbred feature races at Melton on New Years Eve. Hosted by Andrew Bensley and Jason Bonnigton, the broadcast included special comments from Josh Jenkins, Kima Frenning, Trent Langskaill and Dan Mielicki.

Best Radio Feature to Air

Gavin Lang Tributes

Gareth Hall, Adam Hamilton and Mick McGuane on RSN Central on 27 April 2020.

Gareth Hall, Adam Hamilton and Mick McGuane spoke with friends of Gavin Lang as they paid tribute to one of the best the sport has produced.

Award of Merit For Demonstrated Excellence in Promotion

Paul Campbell

Campbell’s Comments

Paul continues to tirelessly promote harness racing via his Campbell’s Comments platform in podcast and video format including the programmes such as Stable Chat, Breed to Succeed, On Loose Lines, More Than A Horse and Talking Tactics.

Award of Merit For Demonstrated Excellence in Social Media Usage & Innovation

Follow a Foal Campaign

Desiree Pettit-Keating – Harness Breeders Victoria

Harness Breeders Victoria commenced a follow a foal campaign documenting the life of a standardbred from foaling through to the races.


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