2021 Gordon Award finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2021 Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year.

Judges for the 2021 award were celebrated sports journalist Louise Evans OAM, ABC National Sport Correspondent Mary Gearin, and double Perkin award winner Andrew Rule.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Quills Awards Dinner on Friday 18 March 2022. Tickets can be booked here.



The 2021 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.


Greg Baum, The Age, for coverage and commentary on the AFL

'"He knew something was wrong with his brain": Shane Tuck had severe CTE', The Age, 23 January 2021
'Not so mad Max: From footy nobody to standout captain', The Age, 24 September 2021
'Outdated Coates goes too far after old boys’ club put-down of Premier', The Age, 22 July 2021
'Racism and the lesson that is never learnt', The Age, 13 August 2021
'Journeyman turned Ashes hero: Boland’s incredible debut', The Age, 28 December 2021


Jonathan Horn, The Guardian, for coverage and commentary on Melbourne sport

'In the AFL’s spiritual era, Luke Beveridge has Bulldogs breathing as one', The Guardian, 24 September 2021
'Disturbing picture painted of AFL boys’ club that rules the game', The Guardian, 13 June 2021
'Melbourne Cup: the race that … warrants some uncomfortable ethical arithmetic', The Guardian, 30 October 2021
'Distanced from the world, disconnected from our team and slowly losing our minds', The Guardian, 23 September 2021
'Alastair Clarkson drew his last game. He lost his job. But he won the era', The Guardian, 23 August 2021
'It’s finally over: how Eddie McGuire went from bright star to unpresidential shambles', The Guardian, 10 February 2021


Linda Pearce, CODE Sports, for coverage of Australian sport at home and abroad

Gymnastics special investigation, CODE Sports
Ariarne Titmus feature, CODE Sports
Ash Moloney/Cedric Dubler feature, CODE Sports
Josh Giddey feature, CODE Sports
Sam Stosur feature, CODE Sports


Michael Warner, Herald Sun, for coverage and commentary on the AFL

The Boys Club book, Hachette
Magpies racism shame, Herald Sun, 1 February 2021
Pride after fall, Herald Sun, 10 February 2021


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