A LIFE-changing decision paid off for Christopher Hoy after he was named Student Journalist of the Year at a national awards ceremony.
After working in North East law firms and finance departments for a decade, the 33-year-old gave up full-time work to return to education.
He combined his love of writing with a long-standing interest in sport and investigative reporting.
He signed up to study a Masters in Sports Journalism at Sunderland University, and as a result of his dedication and hard work has won a top award from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Christopher, who graduates this week, was presented with his certificate by veteran broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson at a gala dinner.
“Chris was an outstanding journalism student, and I’m sure he’ll be just as good a journalist,” said Neil Farrington, lecturer in sports journalism at Sunderland University
“He shone throughout a demanding and intensive course, displaying outstanding all-round practical ability.”