About BAWA

The British Athletics Writers’ Association (BAWA) was formed in 1963 in a tea hall outside White City stadium to represent athletics writers in the UK. It aims to voice the concerns of athletics journalists with the national athletics federation, UK Athletics, and to ensure the British athletics media is well represented at international championships and events.

BAWA’s annual awards is one of the fixtures on the sportswriters’ social calendar. The awards include: male athlete of the year; female athlete of the year; junior male athlete of the year; junior female athlete of the year; Paralympian of the year; and the Ron Pickering Memorial Award for services to athletics.

Sprinter Adam Gemili being presented with a framed image as his award as the top men's junior athlete in 2012 by the BAWA's chairman, Sandy Sutherland

We also produce a members’ newsletter four times a year and organise occasional social events and receptions for members and other athletics journalists during major championships.

We hold an Annual General Meeting every year, usually during the UK Championships in June or Diamond League London in July or August, and officers of the association are elected every two years

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