September 'Investec 20x20 Media Awards' winner announced
17 Oct 2019
Cathal Dennehy wins the monthly Investec 20x20 Media Award with an exceptional feature profile of 800m distance runner, Katie Kirk
Upon notification of his win, Cathal informed Investec that although he was delighted that the article had been recognised by the judges, he was simply the messenger of Katie’s very important story. Accordingly, he has decided to donate his monthly prize of €1,000 to a charity of Katie’s choosing that supports those with eating disorders.
According to Cathal Dennehy, September Winner of the Investec 20x20 Media Awards, “Katie's motivation in talking about her battle with an eating disorder was to both spread awareness and hope for those dealing with similar issues. She strongly believes that the support structures have a long way to go as they currently are not up to scratch in Ireland. The more awareness about these challenges for young people, the better. The moment I spoke to her I knew it'd make a good, important story so the pressure was on to do it justice.”
Anna Kessel, Investec 20x20 Media Awards judging panel Chair & Daily Telegraph’s Women Sports Editor, said: “The judges unanimously agreed that Cathal Dennehy's exclusive story with Katie Kirk about eating disorders in sport was a clear winner this month. The emotional connection Dennehy was able to forge with the reader from the off made for a powerful retelling of an important subject. Eating disorders continue to disproportionately plague women's sport and yet remain an under-reported problem. Dennehy managed to literally "give people hope" as several judges put it, through his highlighting the issues in his piece, as well as Kirk's uplifting ending. Beautifully written, and exactly the type of piece that can engage a wider audience in women's sport."
Pictured: Irish Independent writer Cathal Dennehy, athlete Katie Kirk, Lisa Curtin of Investec and Investec CEO Michael Cullen at the presentation of the 20x20 media award
The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognise and reward excellence in Irish journalism focused on Women in Sport. Investec is a proud sponsor of 20x20, an initiative presented by The Federation of Irish Sport which calls on the people of Ireland to provide more support for women in sport. In demonstrating its commitment to the initiative, Investec has created this new awards scheme to help change the perceptions of women’s sport. The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognises that increased visibility will lead to greater cultural recognition of girls and women in sport.
The winning article can be found online by clicking here.
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