2020 Quills: Sports Feature

Russell Jackson of ABC News has won the 2020 Sports Feature Quill.

Judges' citation

A piece with deep impact. It put you in the shoes of 1970s Aboriginal AFL star Robert Muir and took you on a harrowing journey through decades of racist abuse and mistreatment.  The piece required immense mutual trust between subject and writer and great sensitivity in its telling. It was constructed from over 40 hours of interviews. 

It changed the conversation at a deeply sensitive time for Australian sport.

The winning entry

The persecution of Robert Muir is the story football doesn't want to hear, ABC News, 23 August 2020

Tigers legend Merv Keane has found new purpose after unimaginable loss, ABC News, 26 July 2020

Héritier Lumumba reclaimed his name and found strength in African history. Will it change Collingwood and the AFL?, ABC News, 5 December 2020

Highly commended

Greg Baum, The Sunday Age, The Wright Stuff

Other finalists

Quentin McDermott, Greg Hassall, Rebecca Armstrong & Simon Winter, ABC Australian Story, Beating the Blues

Jake Niall, The Age, My Brother Lost At Sea

Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.

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