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Clarke Carlisle to judge William Hill Sports Book Awards

26th June 2012

Championship footballer Clarke Carlisle is to become the first ever active sportsman to judge the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Awards, it has been confirmed.

Carlisle, who plays for Burnley, was awarded the title of 'Britain's brainiest footballer' in 2002 and also enjoyed success on the TV gameshow Countdown, being victorious in two episodes in 2010.

He will join broadcaster and writer John Inverdale, journalist Hugh McIlvanney, broadcaster Danny Kelly and author Alyson Rudd on the judging panel for the GBP 24,000 prize, which is presented each year to the finest fiction or non-fiction book written on the subject of sport.

Graham Sharpe, William Hill spokesman and co-founder of the prize, said he is looking forward to Carlisle swapping the Question Time panel for a place among the Sports Book of the Year judges.

'We're delighted to welcome Clarke to the judging panel. He is the first still active sports person to join and will bring a fresh perspective to the panel's discussions and deliberations,' he added.

The winner of the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award will be announced on November 26th, with the author receiving a free GBP 2,000 bet, a hand-bound copy of the winning title and a day at the races, in addition to the cash prize.

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