Laura Woods was honoured with the title of Sports Presenter of the Year at the Broadcast Sport Awards, in recognition of her exceptional work as the face of ITV’s coverage of England Women’s international matches. She also played a pivotal role in presenting both the FIFA men’s and women’s World Cup Finals and the FA Cup for the channel.
Among Laura’s ITV presenting peers, Mark Pougatch, known for his coverage of football and rugby, and Ed Chamberlin, the primary presenter for ITV’s racing broadcasts, were also nominated in the Sports Presenter of the Year category.
Laura, who continues to present ITV’s coverage of England Women qualifying and friendly matches as well as the FA Cup, said:
“For a presenter to win an award like this, they need a safe and encouraging environment to flourish in and that for me has been ITV. So I’d like to thank the amazing production team we have for making every day so much fun and for putting their hearts and souls into their work behind the scenes. I’m so grateful to be a part of this family. This award means the world to me.”
Laura is scheduled to present the coverage of the FA Cup First Round match between Sheppey United and Walsall on Friday night, [3 November], airing on ITV4 from 7pm.
In addition to Laura’s well-deserved recognition, several other ITV talents and programmes received nominations at this year’s event.
ITV received nominations for Sports Broadcaster of the Year and Sports Content of the Year [Quadrennial] for its coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Seb Hutchinson earned a nomination for Sport Commentator of the Year, acknowledging his contributions to both the women’s and men’s FIFA World Cups, England Women’s internationals, and the FA Cup. Roy Keane also received a nomination for Pundit of the Year, commending his role on the ITV team covering the Qatar World Cup, FA Cup, and Community Shield. Additionally, Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora received nominations in the same category for their roles on ITV’s The NFL Show [Jason’s nomination also encompassed his work on Sky’s NFL coverage].
ITV’s shows Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2023 and Goodwood Revival were also nominated in the Sport Entertainment Programme of the Year category.
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