Australian Podcast Awards 2023: Best sport podcast

Sporting excellence is something that Australia is no stranger to, so it's to be expected that it's sports podcasts are equally exceptional. Combining a love of sports with in-depth and engaging storytelling, this category celebrates podcasts that take the time to explore more than just what happens on the field, and peek behind the curtain at what makes sport so captivating for so many.

Winner: The Pool Room with Tony Armstrong

Love strange sporting stories, but aren’t keen on the long and meandering nature of most sports podcasts? The Pool Room is a show that respects sports fans’ time by keeping running times to a tight five-to-ten minutes per memorable and brilliantly scripted episode.

Hosted by sports presenter and former AFL football player Tony Armstrong, The Pool Room delivers one great story from the world of sport each week, accompanied by music and subtle sound design to fully immerse listeners to the very end. 

From the origins of Aussie Rules, to the Socceroos’ curse, to the history of streaking, the quirky stories are extraordinary and surprising, but to the point and shareable. If you love hearing about the stranger elements of your favourite sports, but don’t feel you have space for any more podcasts, The Pool Room is the perfect listen.