Great Britain stars nominated for FIH gongs

Maddie Hinch celebrates at the Olympics

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the nominees for the 2016 Hockey Stars Awards, the annual prizes recognising the best players, goalkeepers, rising stars and coaches in a given calendar year.

Great Britain has very strong representation with a nominee in each of the women’s categories and two in the FIH Women’s Player of the Year running.

Five male and five female nominees have been selected for each award. The Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star awards were selected by a panel consisting of the FIH Athletes' Committee, Continental Federations, Coaches and media. All awards are based on performance at international events during the 2016 season, as well as the player's overall contribution to the sport.

Alex Danson celebrates scoring in Rio

Kate Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson are in the mix for the FIH Player of the Year Award, Maddie Hinch for the Goalkeeper of the Year and Lily Owsley; the Reigning FIH Rising Star is in contention to defend the title she won last year. In addition, Danny Kerry has been nominated for Male Coach of the Year whilst Karen Brown also has a chance to retain the Female Coach of the Year title she won last time out. The Coach of the Year nominations, three from each gender, were selected by the FIH High Performance and Coaching Panel, with winners decided by a peer vote.

Danny Kerry and Susie Townsend share a joke after the win over Spain

Winners will be decided by the combined results of an online vote that is open to the public and a peer vote from international athletes. Voting for Players, Goalkeepers and Rising Stars will open on 16 November and closes on 2 December. All winners will be announced in January 2017.

Nominees are presented in no particular order.

2016 Player of the Year nominations

Women: Carla Rebecchi (ARG); Kate Richardson-Walsh (GBR); Stacey Michelsen (NZL); Alex Danson (GBR); Naomi van As (NED).

Men: Gonzalo Peillat (ARG); John-John Dohmen (BEL); Moritz Fürste (GER); Tobias Hauke (GER); Pedro Ibarra (ARG).

2016 Goalkeeper of the Year nominations

Women: Maddie Hinch (GBR); Joyce Sombroek (NED); Kristina Reynolds (GER); Jackie Briggs (USA); Belen Succi (ARG).

Men: Juan Vivaldi (ARG); Jaap Stockmann (NED); Vincent Vanasch (BEL); David Harte (IRL); Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh (IND)

2016 Rising Star of the Year nominations (Players under 23)

Women: Maria Granatto (ARG); Lily Owsley (GBR); Nike Lorenz (GER); Kathryn Slattery (AUS); Florencia Habif (ARG).

Men: Arthur van Doren (BEL); Christopher Rühr (GER); Jorrit Croon (NED); Harmanpreet Singh (IND); Timm Herzbruch (GER).

2016 Coach of the Year nominations

Women: Alyson Annan (AUS); Karen Brown (GBR); Janneke Schopman (USA).

Men: Carlos Retegui (ARG); Danny Kerry (GBR); Shane McLeod (BEL).

We will post the voting links when they go live. Let’s get behind our nominees!

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