Leeds Rhinos hero Rob Burrow wins four awards at prestigious ceremony

FORMER Leeds hero Rob Burrow has won four prizes at a prestigious radio awards ceremony.

Burrow’s podcast Seven, in which he interviews fellow sports stars, won a gold award for best new podcast at the Radio Academy’s Audio and Radio Industry Awards.

He also won the creative innovation award and won silver in the best new presenter and impact categories.

The name of the podcast, which launched last November, comes from the number Burrow wore with such distinction in his playing career with the Rhinos and England.

Among the guests that he asked seven questions to in the first series were Wayne Rooney, Dame Kelly Holmes and Jonny Wilkinson, and a second series will be released soon.

Burrow hosts the podcast, which is produced by BBC Radio Leeds, alongside his wife Lindsey.

“The last big trophy I lifted was at the Super League Final in 2017. This one isn’t as big, but it certainly is as special,” said Burrow.

“This is the first time someone like me, who has motor neurone disease (MND) and uses an eye-gaze machine to communicate, has been given the chance to present a podcast. 

“I want to say a big thank you to the team at BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Sounds for making this possible. 

“Thank you for having the patience to work with me and being brave enough to give me a microphone, trusting that I won’t say something that would get you in trouble. 

“I also want to thank my incredible wife Lindsey for always being there, and being my co-host to chat to our guests.

“The fact that this is the first-ever podcast presented by someone who uses an eye-gaze machine to communicate… shows that nothing is impossible.”

Meanwhile, a new documentary on the fundraising feats of Kevin Sinfield was released last week.

7 in 7 in 7: The Inside Story provides a behind-the-scenes look at Sinfield’s fourth challenge for MND charities, in which he ran seven ultramarathons in seven days across seven locations last December and raised over £1m.

The programme can be watched now on the SuperLeague+ streaming service, with £6 of the £9.99 cost of purchase going towards MND charities.

First published in League Express newspaper, Issue 3,430 (May 13, 2024)

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