Congratulations to ABC sports reporter Russell Jackson, who has been awarded the Grant Hattam Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism at the AFL Players Association Awards.
The trophy is awarded to the year’s best football journalist, as voted by all AFL players.
Jackson took this year’s prize for his powerful story on former St Kilda player Robert Muir, recounting the racial abuse and mistreatment that blighted the career of the “sublimely talented” and trailblazing Indigenous player in the 1970s.
“It’s an honour to accept this award on Robert Muir’s behalf,” Jackson said.
“Without his courage and willingness to tell his story, it wouldn’t have happened.
“To be acknowledged like this by his peers is a special feeling for Rob.”