O2 prize for Free Press sports writer

Paul Goodwin receives his Sports Journalist of the Year commendation from inspirational youngster Evan Whitton.
Paul Goodwin receives his Sports Journalist of the Year commendation from inspirational youngster Evan Whitton.
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FREE Press sports reporter Paul Goodwin picked up a prize at the O2 Yorkshire Media Awards on Wednesday night - and met a very special guest in the process.

Paul, 30, was presented with a commendation in the Sports Journalist of the Year category by eight-year-old star Evan Whitton.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Evan, from Silsden near Keighley, recently walked to school for the first time following a successful operation.

The inspirational youngster, who spent his early years in a wheelchair, said he had been motivated by a school project about the Olympics.

The O2 judges said Paul, who joined the Free Press as a trainee news reporter in 2006, showed a wonderful appreciation of his readers.

They added: “Paul is a switched on reporter who cleverly uses social media alongside traditional print methods to deliver news and comment to an eagerly awaiting audience.

“Although clearly a football nut his writing showed a passion for all sports.”