March ‘Investec 20x20 Media Awards’ winner announced

Johnny Watterson is the Investec 20x20 Media Awards winner for the month of March. Johnny’s winning article published in print and online in the Irish Times on February 16th, 2019, entitled: “‘I’m Kellie Harrington. I train. I box. And I’m proud of that’” is an in-depth feature on the whirlwind rise of Kellie Harrington, world champion boxer and 2018 Sport Ireland Irish Times ‘Sportswoman of The Year’.

Anna Kessel, Investec 20x20 Media Awards judging panel Chair, said: “2018 was a remarkable year for Kellie Harrington. To reach the pinnacle of your sport is an incredible achievement – a dream few people get to fully realise. Johnny charts Kellie’s journey in a compelling manner, from a street-wise teenager living in a troubled neighbourhood through a few false starts career-wise and then finally onto her crowning glory – being crowned the lightweight world boxing champion”.

Michael Cullen, CEO, Investec said: “Johnny Watterson’s interview with Kellie Harrington perfectly illustrates why we created the Investec 20x20 Media Awards – providing a platform to celebrate and champion great journalism enhancing the profile of our outstanding female sports stars. We look forward to seeing the next wave of entries highlighting Ireland’s elite performers in their respective sports.”

Mary O’ Connor, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport added: “This month’s Investec 20x20 Media Award winning article features an athlete’s stunning rise to the top, a success story that could have turned out so very differently if it wasn’t for her love of the sport. We look forward to more.”

The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognise and reward excellence in Irish journalism focused on Women in Sport. Investec is a proud sponsor of 20x20, an initiative presented by The Federation of Irish Sport which calls on the people of Ireland to provide more support for women in sport. In demonstrating its commitment to the initiative, Investec has created this new awards scheme to help change the perceptions of women’s sport. The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognises that increased visibility will lead to greater cultural recognition of girls and women in sport.

The winning article can be found online at:


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