Durham freelancer honoured by outdoor writers

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Durhamregion.com reports that Newcastle writer Tom Doyle has won the Pete McGillen Award for stimulating interest and appreciation of the outdoors while demonstrating high standards of craftsmanship during his professional career.

Presented by the Outdoor Writers of Canada, the annual award recognizes a member whose writing career best reflects the organization’s aims and objectives. In the doing, it honours the memory of one of Canada’s best-known outdoor writers.

An avid bowman and big-game hunter himself, Doyle began his successful freelance career writing features for Ontario Out of Doors Magazine. He rose to become field editor, and then a columnist in the archery department. He has presented archery seminars and volunteered for the Outdoor Writers of Canada for years.

Leo (Pete) McGillen (1908 – 1973) was the full-time Outdoors Editor of The Toronto Telegram, the first such position of its kind on a daily newspaper in Canada. He also served as the City Editor for The Peterborough Examiner for 11 years. He broadcast a weekly outdoors show, “Outdoors with Pete McGillen”, over CFRB radio in Toronto and was a regular contributor to the CBC Sportsmen’s Show on radio. According to a Canadian Press survey of the day, he was “the most widely quoted outdoor writer in Canada.”

Doyle points to the list of writers who have won the award over the years.

“When I look at the people who went before me who got this..,” Mr. Doyle told Durhamregion.com. “It’s for a (lifetime) body of work. It’s not for a piece. It’s quite an achievement.”

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