BBC Five Live’s Jennie Gow courts controversy to clinch Powwow Troll Picture prize


BBC Radio Five Live’s Formula 1 pit-lane reporter, Jennie Gow, has clinched top prize in a dramatic finale to the fiercely contested Powwow Troll Picture competition.

CFP TrollJennie’s ‘Formula Troll’ snap (pictured above), which featured the Powwow Troll and newly-crowned Formula 1 drivers’ champion, Lewis Hamilton, at last month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edged out Jo Hague’s forensically accurate art installation ‘CFP Qualified Troll’ (pictured right) to take the title.

But with the contest only open to paraplanners, organisers were faced with a choice about whether to shortlist Jennie’s snaps of the flame-haired character and risk plunging the Powwower community into controversy.

In a move designed to stave off paraplanner protests, Powwow organisers opted to invite Powwowers to confirm or deny Jennie honorary Powwower status in an online poll.

As well as voting for the pictures themselves, Powwowers were invited to respond to the question: ‘Should TV and radio presenter Jennie Gow become an honourary Powwower because she took a Powwow Troll to the Grand Prix in Abu DhabSwizzels Hamper Boxi and managed to snap pictures featuring Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Riccardio?’

82% voted in favour of the unprecedented move, paving the way for the presenter of ITV Sport’s Formula E coverage – who is sister of Argonaut Paraplanning and Powwow Down South organiser Alan Gow – to be crowned Powwow Troll Picture title winner.

Both Jennie and Jo received personalised Swizzel’s gift boxes – like the one shown on the right – as prizes.

(Note: We may have embellished the controversy stuff a bit.)

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