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Sun launches sports journalism scholarship in memory of 'trailblazer' Vikki Orvice

The Sun has launched a new sports journalism scholarship in memory of “trailblazer” Vikki Orvice – who became the first female football writer on a UK tabloid newspaper – following her death aged 56.

Orvice spent decades covering football and athletics for The Sun, becoming a role model for young journalists in the process.

British sporting legends were among those to pay tribute to Orvice after her husband, Ian Ridley, announced on Twitter that she had died early this morning, having been “able to defy the cancer no longer”.

Olympic gold-medal winner Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill said Orvice was “a genuinely lovely woman”. She added: “I feel really lucky to have spent so much time with her over the years of my athletic career. Lots of great memories and she will be truly missed. A very sad day.”

Marathon champion Paula Radcliffe said Orvice had been a “true trailblazer for women journalists, and women everywhere”.

The Vikki Orvice Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship is seeking a “young woman who has all the qualities Vikki held so dearly” to join The Sun’s sports team, a spokesperson said.

The successful candidate will be trained up before joining the sports desk.

Sun head of sport Shaun Custis said: “Vikki lived and breathed the job every day and was so proud to work on The Sun’s sports team. There could be no finer tribute to her wonderful work than to have a scholarship in her name.”

Details of how to apply will be released in the near future.

Among others paying tribute to Orvice were Dame Kelly Holmes, Lord Seb Coe and Greg Rutherford, with the long jumping Olympic gold-medallist describing her as “one of the best athletics writers we had”.

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Picture: Jim Keogh

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  1. RIP Vikki – Heartening to see tributes flowing for a consumate professional who always carried out her work with patience and a broad smile. No exaggeration to say that without Vikki’s work promototing the embryonic London Olympic Bid between 1999 -2003 (along with around a dozen of Fleet Street’s early Bid ‘adopters’), there may never have been a London Bid or a 2012 London Olympic Games. That will be one of her enduring legacies.

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