Press Club rewards communication skills at gala dinner

Abby Roule
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  • The association for international journalists on the Costa del Sol celebrated its 15th anniversary gala event on Thursday

The Costa Press Club announced the winners of its Communicator 2016 awards at its 15th anniversary gala dinner on Thursday evening.

The association for international journalists on the Costa del Sol launched its annual awards in 2006 with the aim of honouring excellence in English-language journalism on the Costa del Sol. The competition is open to professionals in all forms of media, from printed press to broadcasting, photography, digital and multimedia.

The 2016 winner is American-born Abby Roule, who started her lifestyle and travel blog about Malaga, Spain and the rest of the world six years ago.

Abby’s Andalucía Travel Guide features Malaga, where she has been living for the last two years, as well as towns, villages and cities in the rest of the region.

The bilingual blog ‘El boquerón viajero’, which 35-year-old Abby writes with her ‘malagueño’ partner Pedro, covers the couple’s travels around the globe, a hobby that turned into an occupation when they opened their travel boutique, Auténtico Nueva York.

“Abby has a broad, popular appeal and has made the most of new media to convey her messages, as well as embracing bilingualism,” said the panel of judges.

For the first time this year the Costa Press Club introduced a new category for the under-20s to find its Young Communicator for 2016.

Sixteen-year-old Swans International School student Andrea Henderson de la Fuente collected her award on Thursday for her portfolio of written work and photography produced last year. Andrea, who says she has been writing “all my life”, has published a summer blog and edits her school magazine. She has won awards, not just for writing, but also for playing chess on a regional, national and international level. Andrea told SUR in English that in the future she will use her creativity and imagination to study astrophysics.

Members of the Press Club and their guests were entertained at the gala dinner, held at the Avanto restaurant in Mijas Costa, by Barcelona-based British journalist, author and stand-up comedian Tim Parfitt.