England's Chloe Rogers Picks Up Local Award

Chloe Rogers, the England and Great Britain international, has been named Essex Chronicle Sports Personality of the Year.

The award was presented on Wednesday 4 March at the County Ground in Chelmsford by Essex and former Zimbabwean cricketer, Grant Flower.

Chloe Rogers receives her Essex Chronicle Sports Personality of the Year Award from former Zimbabwe cricketer Grant Flower, County Ground, Chelmsford, 4 March 2009Readers of the Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette voted for the Olympic hockey player as their 'Sports Personality of the Year', with forms appearing for three consecutive weeks in the newspapers.

The 23-year-old was up against British Olympic fencer Alex O'Connell in the nominations for the award, and has now gained over 50 caps for England and 29 caps for Great Britain following the Olympics in Beijing. 

A former Chelmsford Hockey Club regular, the midfield/forward now plays for Leicester Hockey Club in the Slazenger England Hockey Premier League.

Chloe says: "It's nice that people who follow hockey have voted for me and I'd just like to say thank you to them.

It has been my dream to go to the Olympics since I was young and I saw Sally Gunnell winning."

Chloe, who is also a very talented golfer, is currently preparing for England's trip to Dublin over Easter weekend where the team will take on Ireland in two matches.  Looking forward, she hopes to be involved in the England squad to play at this summer's Women's Champions Trophy in Sydney and the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Amsterdam.

The Essex Chronicle Media Group received nearly two thousand votes for their Sports Awards, with other categories including, 'Team of the Year' and 'Young Sports Person of the Year'.