In his speech, David Naert, president of Sportspress.be, stressed the passion of sports journalists:
“In the course of a century, we have not only witnessed a technological evolution, but also one in content. Nearly one hundred years ago, the editor in chief of ‘La Dernière Heure’ had this to say after a few lines about sport had appeared in the paper: We are a serious newspaper. We don’t care about sport. Let’s not take our readers for fools, sport is for imbeciles.
How times have changed! Sports journalists produce lots of content. Tens of pages have to be filled, day after day. Too many pages no doubt, by too few journalists. But still they do it. With a lot of passion and expertise!
Even after a century, this association still encounters new problems in the press tribunes, the mixed zones etc. But we are not complaining, that’s what we are here for. And whatever we do, we will always act in partnership with the sports federations. In our view, that is the only way to achieve results.
However, if Sportspress.be wishes to celebrate its 200th anniversary on June 13, 2113, it will only be able to do so with the support of its members. And I would like especially like to invite our younger members to take up a role in our association."