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Trio of awards for Langley Times

This photo taken by former Times
This photo taken by former Times' photographer Miranda Gathercole won honourable mention in the 2013 Local Media Association editorial awards. It was one of three awards won by the Times.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

The Langley Times has been recognized with a pair of first place awards as well as an honourable mention award from the 2013 Local Media Association editorial contest.

All three awards came in the Class B circulation over 20,001 category among non-daily newspapers across North America.

Sports reporter Gary Ahuja picked up a pair of first place awards.

Ahuja won for best sports writing for his feature on Trinity Western University women's volleyball player, Amber Brown.

The story, Head Games, chronicles the concussion problems which plagued Brown as she tried to return to the volleyball court.

Ahuja also took top spot for best feature series for his Special Olympics Profiles.

He wrote a series of articles on Langley athletes in the lead-up to the Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games.

The stories were on weightlifter Lee McCook, Jennifer and Ashleigh King, Nikki Anderson and Christine Magnusson. Altogether, 1,100 athletes competed at the Games.

And former Times reporter Miranda Gathercole won an honourable mention for Best Sports Photo for her shot Coach Rides Off Into Sunset.

The shot shows Saskatoon Hilltops coach Tom Sargeant hoisted up on his players shoulders while he holds onto the Canadian Bowl trophy following his team's victory over the Langley Rams in the junior football national championship game at McLeod Athletic Park.

Altogether, Black Press Community Media/Sound Publishing won 17 awards, the fourth highest among all companies.

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