Best Sports News Story in any Medium

Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
The Age

The Age's Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker have won the 2012 Quill Award for Best Sports News Story in any Medium.

The pair uncovered evidence of leading Australian jockey Damien Oliver betting on a rival horse.

Judges' statement

The report was a bolt of lightning to the racing industry, in the midst of the Spring Carnival, and led to the disqualification of renowned jockey Damien Oliver.  The story covered every base, was factually correct, and had a significant impact on an industry that requires ultimate integrity and trust at all levels of its operations to function effectively.

Highly commended

Highly commended for the award were The Age's Emma Quayle and the Herald Sun's Paul Tatnell and Padraic Murphy.

Judges' statement

Each story, exclusives and leaders in their fields, covered all bases and made significant revelations that led to suspensions, fines, loss of sponsorship, and loss of employment for the transgressors.