HONOURED: Whitsunday Sailing Club public relations officer and Airlie Race Week media co-ordinator Heidi Walton, presenting Sharon Smallwood with the Ian ’Stripey’ Grant memorial trophy for media services to Race Week on Monday night. Photo by Andrew Pattinson / Vampp Photography
HONOURED: Whitsunday Sailing Club public relations officer and Airlie Race Week media co-ordinator Heidi Walton, presenting Sharon Smallwood with the Ian ’Stripey’ Grant memorial trophy for media services to Race Week on Monday night. Photo by Andrew Pattinson / Vampp Photography

Journalist wins memorial trophy

WHITSUNDAY Times journalist Sharon Smallwood has won the "Stripey Grant Memorial award" for media coverage of Airlie Beach Race Week in 2014.

Ian 'Stripey' Grant was a long-time sailing journalist who wrote a regular column in the Whitsunday Times called 'Running the Rhumblines'.

He died in March 2013 and the award was introduced to remember Stripey's contribution and to recognise the efforts of a media professional in promoting the regatta.

Ms Smallwood was totally surprised when presented with the award at the Whitsunday Sailing Club on Monday night at the party to celebrate 25 years of Airlie Beach Race Week.

She said she was very humbled by the award, which she described as "a real honour".

"As well as proof-reading his column, which was delivered ahead of time every week, I was privileged to work alongside Stripey on the media boat during previous race weeks and I hope I continue to be worthy of the honour his trophy symbolises," she said.

Managing editor of the Whitsunday Times, Leanne Abernethy, said Ms Smallwood deserved the award for the efforts she always gave to promoting sailing in the Whitsundays, and particularly during race week.

"We know that Stripey would be very happy to know that Sharon's efforts had been recognised with this award," she said.


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