Sports Book Winner Dedicates Award to Late Rob Burrow…

Sports Book Winner Dedicates Award to Late Rob Burrow…

WINNER of the 2024 Sports Book Awards Kevin Sinfield has dedicated his recent award to the late Rob Burrow.

Speaking four days after Burrow’s death, Sinfield said on The Bookseller website: “I dedicate these awards to my little mate Rob Burrow – he was the guy that told me I had to write a book and he certainly inspired The Extra Mile. Rob was a very special man. I wish we were both at the awards together tonight and I miss him dearly.”

English footballer Beth Mead, who scooped the Award last year, returned to take Children’s Sports Book of the Year with Roar (Wren & Rook), a guidebook “to encourage all children to excel, both on and off the pitch”.

Mead said: “Thank you so much for this incredible award. It means so much to me for Roar to be recognised in this way. When working on Roar, my hope was that it would inspire children to find their sport and passion, build their confidence, and achieve their potential – on and off the pitch.”

This time, the Awards were sponsored by Fashion company Charles Tyrwhitt … and there have been many sponsors of the Awards, including Virgin Bet, Sky Sports, among others.

Awards for books in the past, include Best Biography, which included Bobby Moore, the Man in Full in 2015.

Robert Geoffrey Burrow CBE was an English professional rugby league footballer who played as a scrum-half or hooker. Burrow spent his entire professional career with the Leeds Rhinos, making nearly 500 appearances as well as representing Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire.

He died at just the tender age of 41.

This is the first year clothing brand Charles Tyrwhitt has sponsored the Sports Book Awards in association with the Sunday Times.

Burrows’s autobiography, Too Many Reasons to Live was published in 2021,[65] and won the Autobiography of the Year at the 2022 Sports Book Awards.[66] He was a fan of the American NFL football team the Seattle Seahawks.[67]

On 19 December 2019, Burrow revealed that he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

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