The inaugural Clays Sports Writing Award was won by Ed Caesar’s excellent The Moth and the Mountain, delighting a judging panel, chaired by Clare Balding.
The inaugural Clays Sports Writing Award was judged by a stellar panel including Clare Balding, Christine Ohurugu Olympic Gold medalist, Darren Gough, Talksport’s outstanding broadcaster, Chairman of European Rugby Simon Halliday, Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith, Oliver Brown Telegraph Chief Sports Writer and Beijing Olympic Rowing silver medalist Annie Vernon. The unanimous winner was Ed Caesar’s The Moth and The Mountain.
Judging Chair, Clare Balding said:
“It’s been a real pleasure to judge an outstanding and varied group of books for the Best Sports Writing Award for 2021. The Moth and the Mountain was a great winner and I hope people will read this tale of daring adventure. I’m delighted that the National Literacy Trust are the charity of choice as they do a wonderful job of increasing access to books and spreading the joy of reading”
Eddie Hearn, Boxing’s leading promoter, won the iPRO Hydrate Sport Health and Fitness Book of the Year for Relentless, winning the people's vote against boxing rival Tyson Fury, Olympic Gymnastics Gold medalist Max Whitlock, Italian football legend Gianluca Vialli, Joe Wicks and Chloe Madeley.
Eddie Hearn reflected:
'I’m delighted to have won the iPRO Hydrate Sport Health and Fitness Book of the Year award alongside some brilliant nominees. This award is particularly special as it’s voted for by the public and
I thank everyone that’s supported the book. This book was a challenge that I undertook during lockdown and although it’s business lead, it’s focus is on mindset, achieving goals and a will to win.
At times it almost felt like a personal counselling session and enabled me to learn a lot about myself and how to determine what ‘success’ really is. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for taking on the challenge with me and I look forward to the autobiography when I’m old and grey-er'.
Arsène Wenger secured The Telegraph Sports Book of the Year Award at The Telegraph Sports Book Awards, with his long-time friend David Dean picking up the award on Arsène’s behalf. Arsène’s book, My Life in Red and White also picked up Sports Bestseller of the Year award alongside the overall title in a stellar night for the Arsenal legend.
The inspirational Muay Thai world-champion, Ruqsana Begum, won the prestigious Telegraph Best Autobiography of the Year Award with Born Fighter. Ruqsana’s book reveals that her toughest battles have taken place outside the ring: hiding her passion for fighting from her parents, suffering with ME in her daily life, losing her identity during an arranged marriage – and then finally, breaking free.