first_imgArthur van Doren said that it was a huge honour to win Arthur van Doren said that it was a huge honour to win the award. He also credited his team for the success. Maddie Finch said that for a women goalkeeper to come out on the top is extra special. “I started when I was 13 years of age,” she said, revealing that there was no hockey in the family, but she picked up the sport which was introduced in the school. Asked about women hockey versus mens hockey, she replied, “I think there is still a distance between the two. I think in the UK there is bigger financial backing for the mens hockey as against the womens.” When asked on a lighter note that who had suggested her to dress in a saree for the awards ceremony today, she replied, “it was my mother and couple of girls in the FIH. I have really enjoyed wearing a saree, which I purchased from Chandigarh yesterday.” Naomi van As said it was a great honour to get the award. “I couldnt have played last year the way I played without the support of my teammates,” the Dutch woman said. Speaking about the event, FIH President Narinder Batra said: “Sincere congratulations to all of the award winners today. Im delighted that this stunning event has given them the global recognition that they deserve. Their performances and achievements in 2016 have inspired the next generation in their respective fields and they should all be very proud of their success.” FIH CEO Jason McCracken added: “What a fantastic celebration of what was a memorable year for our sport. The winners here today are role models to so many people, whether young players or goalkeepers to those thinking about moving into coaching or officiating. These annual awards are hugely important in respect of raising the profile of our stars and our sport and key to achieving the Hockey Revolutions aim of making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.” PTI SUN ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img

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