HERALD rugby writer George Byron was honoured at a glitzy function in Johannesburg yesterday where he was named Vodacom's Superjourno of the Year in the print category.
Byron, also the deputy sports editor of The Herald and Weekend Post, was prolific in his coverage of the Southern Kings during the past Super Rugby season. There was hardly a day that passed during the season without him having a Kings story in print.
Vodacom announced at the beginning of the year that as part of the SuperGees programme – the search for South Africa's ultimate rugby supporter -- a competition for journalists would run concurrently, with the top reporters being honoured at the conclusion of the tournament.
Vodacom monitored the frequency of media exposure to ascertain the overall winners.
Based on that, Byron's coverage in The Herald came out tops throughout South Africa.
"This comes as a big surprise and I never expected anything like this to happen," Byron said yesterday. "I feel extremely humbled and proud that The Herald has been recognised in a national rugby competition."
The Herald editor Heather Robertson said: "This recognition for George, The Herald and indeed Nelson Mandela Bay is totally awesome.
"Whenever the Southern Kings played or trained, George was like the 16th man on the field! He was there recording every move, asking questions, recording their triumphs and tribulations.
"Our city and our readers should be super-proud of this achievement," Robertson said.
Byron won a Samsung tablet and smartphone for his efforts.