Sports scribe Peter White earns 'Oscar' nomination
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Written by Bay of Plenty Times
Peter White has been recognised in what is referred to as the Oscars for sports writers and photographers.
The Bay of Plenty Times sports writer is a finalist in the 2017 Sir Terry McLean Sports Journalism Awards for best provincial/community journalist.
White said the awards, known as the TP Awards, were like the Oscars for sports writers and photographers. "To get a TP is what everyone wants," White said.
The Tauranga-based sports writer and 2016 Bay of Polenty Sports Award judge said it was the first time he had been named a finalist for the prestigious award.
"It is a good feeling because it means you have achieved a high standard of sports writing. It is nice to stand out occasionally," White said.
"I think it is reflective on the Western Bay of Plenty community who have been so open in sharing their stories, I really appreciate it."
White submitted three examples of his work, which included a feature on Tauranga sailor Peter Burling after the youngest victorious Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman brought the America's Cup home to Tauranga.
"I was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one with him after the boys' college assembly," he said. "That story was very well received."
His entries also included an article based on the Aims Games, where more than 10,000 athletes from about 300 schools competed in Tauranga, and a human interest story on a local sportsman.
White said he had become a sports writer to combine two of his favourite things - sports and writing.
He has interviewed many local sporting heroes in his career including All Black Nathan Harris, Black Caps Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, Emirates Team NZ helmsman Burling and many more.
"You get to know those people below the surface, not just what the public sees," White said. "You get to know them as people and not just high-profile sportsmen and women.
"I try to find something different about everyone who I interview."
Rotorua Daily Post chief photographer Stephen Parker has also been named a finalist in two categories: Community Sports/Recreational/Adventure Photography Portfolio award and Best Single Photograph.
The 2017 Sir Terry McLean Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by Sport New Zealand, will be presented at the Ellerslie Function Centre on November 30.
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