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Bajan track journalist creates history


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BARBADIAN horse racing journalist Hayley Morrison created history at the 44th Annual Canada Sovereign Awards in Canada last Thursday night, a mere two days before the 2019 racing season started at the Woodbine track in Toronto.

The 32-year-old, who was raised in Sunset Crest, St James, became the first Barbadian woman to be victorious at the Jockey Club of Canada’s awards ceremony, held at the Vaughan’s Elegant Chateau Le Jardin.

Morrison captured the Media Award For Outstanding Writing with her story entitled Hail To The War Horses. The article was first published in the Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine of February 2018.

“I was in shock when I first was nominated,” Morrison told NATION SPORT. “That story means so much to me. I put my heart into all my stories, but this one just felt really special to me.”

She said that after the initial shock wore off, she just felt extremely honoured to be recognised.

“It was a dream-like moment to hear my name announced as the winner in that category. To be honest, I remember the day I filed that story and my heart just felt really good about it.

“This award is really for the war horses, the ones with grit and gumption, the ones who make it to the winner’s circle as well as those who just keep on trucking through the years. You know, at the end the day I’m just the voice or the messenger,” she said.


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