2020 Gordon Award Finalists

The 2020 Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year finalists are presented alphabetically by surname below. Please note that some work submitted with entries - including print materials - may not be included.

Judges for the 2020 award were celebrated sports journalist Louise Evans OAM, ABC National Sport Correspondent Mary Gearin, and double Perkin award winner Andrew Rule.

The winner will be announced at the 2020 Quill Awards Dinner on Friday 26 March 2021. Tickets can be booked here.



Greg Baum, The Age, for a comprehensive body of work

"Strings attached: There is no sport like tennis for selling its soul", The Age, 17 January 2020
"Nothing to fear in F1's fantasy world", The Age, 10 March 2020
"Decades on, Alison extracted a confession from her gymnastics coach", The Age, 16 August 2020
"'Daniher to Daniher to Daniher to Daniher': 30 years on from a unique moment", The Age, 28 August 2020
"Big brash league: gimmicks go into overdrive", The Age, 16 November 2020
"India out for 36: Australia's achievement right off the scale"The Age, 19 December 2020


Belinda Hawkins, ABC, for a portfolio of work on Marlion Pickett

"Inside the Richmond bunker as the Tigers reflect on success of Marlion Pickett recruitment", ABC News, 1 March 2020
"Making his Mark | Marlion Pickett", ABC Australian Story, 2 March 2020
"From prison to premiership: Why all of Australia is cheering on Richmond Tigers' Marlion Pickett", ABC News, 2 March 2020
"'Everyone deserves a second chance': Richmond's Dustin Martin interview", ABC Australian Story, 3 March 2020
"Richmond Tigers Indigenous stars kick back with Year 7 students", ABC Australian Story, 8 March 2020


Russell Jackson, ABC, for a portfolio of work

"What if broadcasters are the source of the AFL's image problem?", ABC News, 11 July 2020
"The persecution of Robert Muir is the story football doesn't want to hear", ABC News, 23 August 2020
"Australian cricketer Dean Jones leaves behind a legacy that revolutionised the sport", ABC News, 25 September 2020
"Gary Ablett Jnr was the champion who exceeded football's greatest expectations"ABC News, 21 October 2020
"LaMelo Ball's thrilling journey from Wollongong to the NBA Draft was a surreal sporting sideshow", ABC News, 19 November 2020
"Héritier Lumumba reclaimed his name and found strength in African history. Will it change Collingwood and the AFL?", ABC News, 5 December 2020


Julian Linden, The Daily Telegraph, for a portfolio of work

"The alarm bell rings: Why the Tokyo Games must be put on hold", Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2020
"It's Games over for Australian athletes", Daily Telegraph, 23 March 2020
"The tragic toll of a medal dream", Daily Telegraph Sunday Extra, 22 August 2020
"Shanya swam against the fiercest tide", Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2020
"Hockeyroo starts legal battle over contract termination", Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2020


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