Award for top sports coverage
Canberra United players celebrate their W-League championship in January. Photo: Gary Schafer
Canberra is home to some of Australia's best women's sports teams and athletes - and now also the best coverage of women's sport.
The Canberra Times was presented with the Australian Sports Commission's best coverage of women in sport award at a gala dinner at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum on Thursday night.
In its submission to the ASC, entitled ''A capital season for women in Canberra'', The Canberra Times included coverage of Canberra United's breakthrough W-League title win, the Canberra Capitals basketball team and the emotional journeys of athletes including Melissa Breen, Lauren Boden and Caroline Buchanan in the build-up to and during the London Olympic Games.
The Canberra Times' sports editor, Chris Wilson, who was presented the award by Australian netball great Liz Ellis, was honoured to take out the top prize from a high-quality field of entrants.
''The Canberra Times is a reflection of Canberra's attitude towards women's sport. Canberra has some iconic women's teams, such as the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United, which are leaders in their sports in the country,'' Mr Wilson said.
''Canberra is a community that embraces women's sport and deserves a quality coverage of it.''
Other finalists in the category included The Sydney Morning Herald's Kathryn Wicks, Surfing Australia and Danielle Warby for her coverage of women at the Games.