MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS
2017 AWARDS TO BE 25th AND LAST
Frankie Dettori presents the prizes to the 2016 winners
The 2017 Martin Wills Writing Awards will be the 25th and last to be organised by the Martin Wills Memorial Trust, a registered charity.
The Awards, for fine writing on a horseracing theme by young people, were established in 1993 to commemorate Martin Wills, an amateur jockey and journalist who died in April 1992, aged 39.
THE 25th AWARDS
Brief details are as follows:
Further details will be announced and available on the website on Saturday 7 January 2017.
…AND THE LAST
Charles Ponsonby, Chairman of the Martin Wills Memorial Trust, explained:
“Martin’s mother, Eva, and sister, Catherine, feel that the Awards have been a wonderful tribute to Martin. They have very much enjoyed reading the entries and meeting some extremely gifted writers. With the exception of the late Johnny Henderson (founder of the Awards and Chairman of the Trust until his death in December 2003), the principal volunteer organisers of the Awards (Andrew Kavanagh, Martin’s Irish cousin, Brough Scott, Catherine Wills, a judge and preliminary judge from the outset, and myself) are unchanged over almost 25 years. All of us are now at least 65, as is Sean Magee, a preliminary judge since 2006. We feel that 25 years is a good term.”
Brough Scott, principal adviser from the start and Chairman of the judges since 2003, when John Oaksey retired after the initial 10 years, commented:
“Judging these Awards has been both a pleasure and a renewal of faith. For they have shown that racing can still inspire young people to pick up the pen and have been a springboard for successful careers. They deserve to live on.”
Donn McClean, a runner up in the inaugural year to Chris McGrath (who was already on the way to a successful career as a racing journalist and author), stated:
“I didn’t know it at the time, but the Martin Wills Writing Awards were a gateway for me to a career in racing journalism. The publication of my piece opened doors, and the competition brought me into contact with people who would later be hugely influential in my career. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Wills family and to the Martin Wills Memorial Trust trustees.”
Nicky Henderson, Johnny Henderson’s son and a longstanding leading National Hunt racehorse trainer, said:
“I know my father would be very proud that the Martin Wills Writing Awards will reach their 25th year. He would be equally delighted with all the trustees, judges and participants who have taken this wonderful concept so far. Dad was always keen to promote and encourage the younger generation, especially to fulfil their talents. This competition in memory of the son of his dear friends, David and Eva Wills, has achieved exactly that”.
Anyone interested in taking on the Awards should contact Liz Ampairee, as below.
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