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From Track to Triumph: Ex-Professional Runner Lauren Fleshman’s Good For A Girl Wins Best Sports Book of 2023

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  • Lauren Fleshman is crowned the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2023, taking home a £30,000 cash prize 
  • In the Award’s 35-year history, Good For A Girl marks the first women’s memoir to receive the prize 

Lauren Fleshman’s book, Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man’s World has been crowned the 2023 winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, picking up a prize of £30,000 at an official ceremony today (30 November), at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, in London.

The announcement makes history as it is the first book about women in sport, authored by a woman, to receive the world’s most prestigious sports writing prize.

The US champion’s part memoir, part manifesto documents Fleshman’s story of falling in love with running as a girl, battling devastating injuries and self-doubt, and daring to fight for a better way for female athletes. Drawing not only on her own story, but also on emerging research on the physiology and psychology of young athletes, Fleshman gives voice to the often-silent experience of the female athlete and argues that the time has come to rebuild our systems of competitive sport to allow women to perform at their best.

A panel of independent judges from the world of sports and journalism, chaired by author and journalist, Alyson Rudd, undertook a rigorous judging process, reviewing more than 150 entries down to the winning book.

The Judges praised Good for a Girl for its “heartfelt narrative” and “compelling writing”, as well as its crucial advocacy for reform in sports for young women. Renowned sports broadcaster, Matt Williams, declared Fleshman’s book “not just one of the best sports books that I’ve read this year, but one of the best books full stop.”

Receiving the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award trophy and a £30,000 cash prize today, Lauren Fleshman said: “Having a woman being elevated for telling her own story is rare, and we need a lot more of that.  That’s why awards like this are so important.  I came here optimistic, but then convinced myself I had no chance when I looked at the shortlist.

“I am delighted to be the winner of this prestigious award. I hope it makes sport better for the future of women and girls.”

Alyson Rudd, Chair of the Judging Panel for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, said: “We had such an exceptionally high-quality shortlist this year, and selecting a winner was no small feat. For the first time, women’s books dominated, showing that more women are being commissioned to tell their stories, with many bravely tackling challenges within the sporting world.

“Good for a Girl is not only a must-read book on the challenges that women face in sport but a moving and informative memoir that will grip those who are not athletics fans. Lauren Fleshman exposes and shatters myths with disarming honesty and exceptional writing – it is a wonderful read and thoroughly deserving of the title William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023.”

The New York Times Bestseller, and now William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award winner, highlights the challenges women face in competitive running, exposing the flaws in the sports structure that is failing young women as much as empowering them. Through her drive for change, Fleshman confronts the misogynistic origins of sports, and even her sponsors, and addresses the concerning decline in girl’s participation once they hit puberty. The narrative also explores the struggles faced by female collegiate athletes, such as injuries, eating disorders and mental health issues.

The five authors on the shortlist, alongside Lauren Fleshman, receive £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their book. They are:

  • Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs 
  • Concussed: Sport’s Uncomfortable Truth by Sam Peters 
  • Kick The Latch by Kathryn Scanlan 
  • Unbreakable by Ronnie O’Sullivan  
  • Unfair Play: The Battle for Women’s Sport by Sharron Davies with Craig Lord 

Having secured the 35th winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, Lauren Fleshman joins an impressive list of previous winners, including last year’s champion Jeremy Wilson. For the second consecutive year, a book centred on women’s sports clinches the award. Fleshman becomes the third woman to be awarded the prestigious prize joining former winners Anna Krien and Laura Hillenbrand.

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award first took place in 1989 and is now the longest-established competition in the industry. It is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and is the world’s most prestigious award in the sector.

Entry to the 36th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is now open. For more information about the Award and to enter, please visit: https://news.williamhill.com/sport/sports-book-of-the-year/ 

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The renowned iGaming provider, Enorphina, has successfully maintained its ISO 27001 certificate!

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The renowned iGaming provider, Enorphina, has successfully maintained its ISO 27001 certificate!
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In January 2024, the leading software provider, Endorphina, underwent a multi-day audit according to ISO 27001 standards. With a pleasing conclusion from the independent auditors, Endorphina achieved the set milestone in security and successfully maintained the ISO 27001 certificate this year as well.

The ISO 27001 certification is an independent and third-party verification that the company’s information security management system (ISMS) meets the requirements of the ISO 27001 standard. By maintaining its certification, Endorphina builds trust with its customers, promising information security and privacy.

Ever since 2012, the company has made its priorities clear when it comes to the continuous improvement of its provided slot games. Endorphina’s enhancement of security elements led the company to the highest level of security, manifested in the acquisition of the internationally recognized ISO 27001 certificate.

This milestone marks a successful entry into the new year and a solid foundation for achieving the company’s goals for 2024.

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CT Interactive and R. Franco Digital join forces in a strategic partnership

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CT Interactive has concluded a partnership with R. Franco, a gaming platform based in Spain with a substantial presence in both the European and Latin American markets.

Lachezar Petrov, CEO of CT Interactive, commented: “We are thrilled to join forces with R. Franco Digital. This collaboration not only strengthens our presence in Spain but also provides an opportunity to expand our footprint in the dynamic Latin American market. Together, we aim to deliver gaming solutions that cater to the diverse preferences of players in these regions”.

This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone for both companies, combining CT Interactive’s cutting-edge products and R. Franco Digital’s extensive market reach to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience for players in Spain and across Latin America.

“This partnership is an important step for our brand. We look forward to bringing unique and engaging gaming content to a broader audience, fostering growth in the Spanish and Latin American markets”, said Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive.

Franco Digital is a leading provider of global gaming solutions for online and retail operations. The platform is part of the Recreativos Franco Group, a pioneer in the fabrication of recreational machines with more than 50 years of experience.

Guillermo Ruipérez, Head of Sales at R. Franco Platform, commented: “CT Interactive’s innovative content and diverse portfolio will complement our platform, allowing us to offer an even more exciting and engaging range of games to our customers in Spain and Latin America”.

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Playnetic celebrates successful brand launch at ICE 2024

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Playnetic, the new immersive iGaming business, has marked its introduction to the industry with a bang after enjoying a successful brand launch at this year’s ICE London. Using the prominent industry event to official announce itself and reinforce the company’s key messages to its partners, Playnetic also revealed details of ten exciting casino titles, as it previewed games from its ever-expanding portfolio.

The jampacked tradeshow saw Playnetic kickstart its mission in offering innovative titles built with the latest technology and most exciting in-game features. At ICE, potential collaborators were treated to a sneak peek under the hood of the new company, and a chance to understand the levels of quality, reliability and service on offer.

iGaming’s newest player exclusively showcased ten games from its growing library, demonstrating a range of captivating titles that are primed to enter key global markets.

The collection includes eight thematic slots and two classic tables games, including thrilling titles: Max Catch, Miners are Wild and Thor’s Wild Power. These absorbing games were the centre of attention for Playnetic’s highly popular daily tournament, presenting enchanting audio-visuals and a variety of mechanics, the trio of titles attracted more than 300 players each day, with nine lucky players taking home a collection of brilliant prizes.

Dan Phillips, Playnetic CEO said: “We’re pleased to have had such a successful launch at one of the most important gaming events of the year. It was a pleasure to speak with a variety of industry experts and relay our vision for what we can offer in a vastly competitive business environment.

“It was fantastic to see so many positive leads for our CCO, Julian Borg-Barthet and the sales team; highlighting what a triumphant show it was. We’re really looking forward to the year ahead and to showcasing more content from our growing games library, beyond the ten titles we launched at ICE. We have a lot planned and are excited to continue growing and making our mark in key jurisdictions.”

Further exciting and original titles demonstrated at ICE included: Pop the Bank, Osiris Fortune, Nefertiti’s Ring Jackpot, Dragon’s Blaze, Max Catch and Bison Trails. Each game presents a unique design, with most featuring a highly sought-after Free Spins mode, as well as a range of progressive mechanics and multipliers – guaranteed to increase player engagement and retention.

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