England Women runners up in BT Sport Awards

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England Women’s Hockey team, the European Champions have received more acclaim for their heroics during the summer, finishing second in the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Award behind the Lionesses, England’s Women’s Football team.

The Lionesses finished third at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer and after a public vote took the award which is now in its third year. The Action Woman Award recognises the ten most outstanding sporting achievements by female athletes over the past 12 months.

Runners up of the award were the England Hockey Team following their achievement in becoming European champions earlier this year.

Members of the squad attended the glamorous event and talked of the "surreal day" they won the European Championships.

Third place went to 2013 Action Woman Award winner Rachel Atherton, who this year became the world downhill biking champion and winner of the World Cup Series.

Other nominees included Nicola Adams, Lizzie Armitstead, Georgina Hermitage, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Johanna Konta, Sarah Outen and the Oxford Women’s Boat Race crew.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Celebrating the successes of this country’s female athletes is why we started this award and to have another strong list of nominees proves that women’s sport is thriving and we look forward to another strong year which will be made even more special with the Olympics taking place.”

England’s Women’s Hockey Team were named Vitality Team of the Year at the recent Sky Sports and Sunday Times Sportswomen awards, whilst Danny Kerry, the Head Coach has been named Performance Coach of the Year, also this week.

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