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Epilepsy Review wins award
Epilepsy Review’s editor Nicola Swanborough was awarded a top prize in last night’s Guild of Health Writing 2012 annual competition.
In a special category to find the best 2012 Olympic sports health/fitness programme or feature Nicola was named runner up for her interview with world champion hurdler Dai Greene.
The Welsh athlete who is one our best Olympic hopefuls has epilepsy but has never let the condition stand in the way of him achieving his goals.
At the award ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, the judges described Dai’s decision to talk openly about his epilepsy as brave and inspiring, particularly as the condition can still be stigmatised in spite of better public awareness.
Said Nicola Swanborough: ‘It really helps when high profile people such as Dai are willing to talk about their epilepsy. Not only does it raise awareness but it gives other people with the condition the confidence to strive for their own goals.
‘We had a lot of positive reader feedback from the feature and to win an award too is the icing on the cake.’
First prize went to Dr Christian Jarrett for his article ‘The psychology of stamina’ in Outdoor Fitness.
Chair of the Guild Jo Waters said: ‘The awards are a showcase for all the talented health writers who work to the highest standards to produce entertaining, engaging, educational and medically accurate news and features for print, broadcast and online platforms.
‘The competition is all about celebrating the achievements of our very best health writers.’
To read the interview with Dai Greene, download the article below. Epilepsy Review is free if you join one of our associate membership schemes or we offer an annual subscription option or an online membership.
You can also download a full list of winners from the Guild of Health Writers awards, below.