BBC Burrow documentary nominated for top award

Rob Burrow with his family in Leeds to see a mural of himself.

The BBC Breakfast documentary that told Rob Burrow’s story has been nominated for a top industry award following wide spread acclaim for the show called Rob Burrow: My Year with MND.

Presenter Sally Nugent has also also been nominated for her outstanding work with Rob and the wider MND story on BBC Breakfast but also her inspirational work to highlight the campaign led by England and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford regarding food poverty.

The Broadcast shortlist for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards were announced on Friday morning with Nugent Broadcast Journalist. The Rob Burrow documentary has been nominated in the category ‘Television / Digital Documentary’.

A pound from every entry to the SJA awards has gone to Burrow’s fightback appeal with the MND Association and the SJA have topped it up to £1,000.

The winners will be revealed via a virtual awards show on March 15.

The documentary is still available for you to watch on the BBC iplayer.

This moving documentary follows Rob Burrow as he shows the same spirit in his fight against motor neurone disease as made him a hugely admired rugby league star. 

His family and friends – including former teammates Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott – also give their insight into this remarkable man. Burrow was prompted to raise awareness for research into the condition, including regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, after meeting former Scotland rugby union legend and fellow motor neurone disease sufferer Doddie Weir. 

Burrow was diagnosed with the degenerative disease, for which there is no cure, barely two years after ending his stellar playing career by helping Leeds Rhinos to a record-extending eighth Super League grand final in autumn 2017. As the disease takes its toll physically, Burrow speaks of his determination to live as normal a life as possible and explains how his rugby career has prepared him for the challenge.