- Lauren Fleshman is crowned the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2023, taking home a £30,000 cash prize
- In the Award’s 35-year history, Good For A Girl marks the first women’s memoir to receive the prize
Lauren Fleshman’s book, Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man’s World has been crowned the 2023 winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, picking up a prize of £30,000 at an official ceremony today (30 November), at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, in London.
The announcement makes history as it is the first book about women in sport, authored by a woman, to receive the world’s most prestigious sports writing prize.
The US champion’s part memoir, part manifesto documents Fleshman’s story of falling in love with running as a girl, battling devastating injuries and self-doubt, and daring to fight for a better way for female athletes. Drawing not only on her own story, but also on emerging research on the physiology and psychology of young athletes, Fleshman gives voice to the often-silent experience of the female athlete and argues that the time has come to rebuild our systems of competitive sport to allow women to perform at their best.
A panel of independent judges from the world of sports and journalism, chaired by author and journalist, Alyson Rudd, undertook a rigorous judging process, reviewing more than 150 entries down to the winning book.
The Judges praised Good for a Girl for its “heartfelt narrative” and “compelling writing”, as well as its crucial advocacy for reform in sports for young women. Renowned sports broadcaster, Matt Williams, declared Fleshman’s book “not just one of the best sports books that I’ve read this year, but one of the best books full stop.”
Receiving the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award trophy and a £30,000 cash prize today, Lauren Fleshman said: “Having a woman being elevated for telling her own story is rare, and we need a lot more of that. That’s why awards like this are so important. I came here optimistic, but then convinced myself I had no chance when I looked at the shortlist.
“I am delighted to be the winner of this prestigious award. I hope it makes sport better for the future of women and girls.”
Alyson Rudd, Chair of the Judging Panel for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, said: “We had such an exceptionally high-quality shortlist this year, and selecting a winner was no small feat. For the first time, women’s books dominated, showing that more women are being commissioned to tell their stories, with many bravely tackling challenges within the sporting world.
“Good for a Girl is not only a must-read book on the challenges that women face in sport but a moving and informative memoir that will grip those who are not athletics fans. Lauren Fleshman exposes and shatters myths with disarming honesty and exceptional writing – it is a wonderful read and thoroughly deserving of the title William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023.”
The New York Times Bestseller, and now William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award winner, highlights the challenges women face in competitive running, exposing the flaws in the sports structure that is failing young women as much as empowering them. Through her drive for change, Fleshman confronts the misogynistic origins of sports, and even her sponsors, and addresses the concerning decline in girl’s participation once they hit puberty. The narrative also explores the struggles faced by female collegiate athletes, such as injuries, eating disorders and mental health issues.
The five authors on the shortlist, alongside Lauren Fleshman, receive £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their book. They are:
- Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs
- Concussed: Sport’s Uncomfortable Truth by Sam Peters
- Kick The Latch by Kathryn Scanlan
- Unbreakable by Ronnie O’Sullivan
- Unfair Play: The Battle for Women’s Sport by Sharron Davies with Craig Lord
Having secured the 35th winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, Lauren Fleshman joins an impressive list of previous winners, including last year’s champion Jeremy Wilson. For the second consecutive year, a book centred on women’s sports clinches the award. Fleshman becomes the third woman to be awarded the prestigious prize joining former winners Anna Krien and Laura Hillenbrand.
The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award first took place in 1989 and is now the longest-established competition in the industry. It is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and is the world’s most prestigious award in the sector.
Entry to the 36th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is now open. For more information about the Award and to enter, please visit: https://news.williamhill.com/sport/sports-book-of-the-year/
Continent 8 Technologies Doubles Down in West Virginia
Global digital infrastructure solutions provider expands within state through new strategic site opening, further ramping up its disaster recovery capabilities, coupled with the West Virginia [Lottery] regulatory approval for its recognised public cloud solution catering to the online sports betting and iGaming verticals
Continent 8 Technologies, the renowned provider of digital infrastructure including managed hosting, managed network and cybersecurity solutions to operators and suppliers in the fast-growing North American market and beyond, is ramping up its offering in West Virginia with the opening of an additional site.
Continent 8 Technologies has deployed an ambitious first-to-market approach in the United States, notably going live in West Virginia via a site in South Charleston in 2018, permitting customers to hit the ground running when online sports betting launched in August later that year.
Located over 200 miles away from the South Charleston site, Continent 8 Technologies, in partnership with the Seneca Rocks Regional Development Authority, has now officially opened its data centre in Petersburg, West Virginia. As a result, it now adds true disaster recovery and enhanced business continuity to its suite of solutions available to operators and suppliers in the state via this dedicated site. Both sites are PCI DSS compliant.
Further expanding its solutions and capabilities in the state, Continent 8 Technologies has received approval by the gambling regulator in West Virginia, for its powerful Public Cloud solution, currently live across the majority of regulated gaming states across the United States. Meeting strict regulatory requirements, operators and suppliers can take advantage of the flexible, usage-based model for those looking to enter the market.
“We are thrilled to have added a second site, allowing us to expand our offering to include disaster recovery, as well as our approved Public Cloud solution in our original site, further establishing Continent 8 Technologies as the leading infrastructure provider in the North American market,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Continent 8 Technologies, Michael Tobin, said. “Infrastructure is the foundation operators and suppliers need to succeed and that’s why the biggest players come to Continent 8 Technologies. Our solutions, customer service, reputation and experience are unrivalled.”
Continent 8 Technologies is the leading infrastructure provider in North America for the online gambling industry with 85% of operators on the 2023 EGR US Power Rankings using its suite of managed hosting and connectivity solutions. In West Virginia, it is live with over 20 of the biggest brands operating in the state.
Continent 8 Technologies is live in 30 United States states with significant investment planned to further expand its multi-site footprint across numerous states, continuously adding to its global connected network of +100 locations across four continents.
R Franco Digital Bolsters IRIS Platform with CT Interactive Content
iGaming provider R Franco Digital has continued to expand the content offering within its IRIS turnkey platform thanks to the integration of CT Interactive games.
The new partnership strengthens R Franco Digital’s platform, which currently features a multitude of international suppliers, with CT Interactive’s award-winning portfolio of more than 200 titles.
The Bulgarian studio is currently certified in 19 markets and live with over 1,500 operators worldwide and is known for its player-favourite experiences such as The Big Chilli, Big Joker, Hot 7’s X 2, Lucky Clover and Win Storm, which are now available on IRIS.
In addition to content aggregation, R Franco Digital’s robust IRIS platform also provides payment gateway administration, promotions and third-party tools. The comprehensive, adaptable and highly stable system can be utilised in various regulated markets including Spain and Colombia.
“With our shared vision of delivering high-quality and innovative gaming experiences, CT Interactive is a welcome addition to our IRIS platform,” the International Business Director for R Franco Digital, Javier Sacristan, said. “IRIS continues to be a key source of expansion for R Franco Digital and by partnering with leading suppliers such as CT Interactive we can deliver a robust and versatile solution to our customers and continue this trajectory.”
“Through partnering with R Franco Digital, we can bring our multi-award-winning portfolio to even more players than ever before,” the Chief Executive Officer for CT Interactive, Lachezar Petrov, said. “Its customers can anticipate a wide array of captivating titles that exemplify our commitment to excellence through engaging gaming experiences that have already resonated with players worldwide.”
White Hat Studios Expands Caesars Digital Partnership Into West Virginia
White Hat Studios, the ‘house of brands’ provider to the United States iGaming market, is now live in West Virginia with Caesars Digital, taking its existing partnership with the operator giant to new heights.
The updated agreement sees White Hat Studios’ premium branded titles, including player favorites such as Peaky Blinders and The Goonies, launch on Caesars Palace Online Casino in West Virginia.
The ‘house of brands’ provider has seen significant success with Caesars Digital across Michigan and Pennsylvania, with its premium slots and table games performing consistently well.
White Hat Studios has seen tremendous growth and success in recent years. According to the latest Eilers-Fantini report, the company nearly doubled its gross gaming revenue share at the start of 2024.
The provider also offers its comprehensive Jackpot Royale feature, available in 30 games and enhancing operators’ content offering. The mechanic paid out $9.8 million total through three progressive jackpots in 2023.
Building on its momentum, White Hat Studios has ambitious plans to further expand its market share in the U.S. in 2024. With a robust roadmap of new products on the horizon, the company is poised to cement its position as a top supplier in the industry.
Andy Whitworth, CEO at White Hat Studios, said: “We’ve seen incredible results through our partnership with Caesars, one of the leading operators in the U.S. market, so we’re thrilled to be expanding upon that with entry into West Virginia.
“As the leading ‘house of brands’ provider, we’re extremely proud of how our IP-inspired content has been received by Caesars’ players, and we’re excited to grow engagement and retention rates even further with this development.”
Ricardo Cornejo Rivas, Vice President of Online Gaming at Caesars Digital, added: “White Hat Studios is a valuable partner for us that continues adding impressive gaming content to our platforms. Their dynamic and expansive range of titles have been embraced by our players in multiple jurisdictions, so we’re thrilled to bring more of their popular games to our West Virginia players.”
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