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New Quill celebrates coverage of women in sport

Tessa Lavey of the Opals and Micaela Cocks of the Ferns during the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championships for Women. Courtesy of AAP

The Melbourne Press Club has launched a new annual Quill award to recognise great journalism in the reporting of women in sport.

The new award, supported by VicHealth, will celebrate journalism in all media about women in sport that contributes to gender equality and a fair, respectful, safe and inclusive society. It carries a $3000 prize.

Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker said the MPC board was pleased to be creating an award that both recognised excellent journalism and helped promote gender equality.

“We welcome this opportunity to expand the scope of the Quill Awards while supporting the important objectives of VicHealth,” he said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said her organisation was proud to be supporting the new award.

"Sport has the power to create change and inspire good health. In particular, VicHealth believes the media has a powerful role to play in championing women’s sport and inspiring women and girls to get active,” she said.

Entries for the 2018 Quill awards will open in early December.

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