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ABOUT THE AWARDS

The FIH Player of the Year Awards have been created to highlight and reward the outstanding male and female hockey players of each year.

The History

The first player of the year awards were held in Egypt in 1999. Prior to that each tournament had its own player of the tournament award - but there was no overall world player of the year award. Of course, being awarded the best player award in the World Cup is prestigious but unfortunately this was held only once every 4 years! The Player of the Year Awards have been held every year since 1999. (Click here for Previous Winners)

What's happening for the 2003 awards?

The men's nominations are:

Young Player of the Year

Floris Evers NED
Alex Fabregas ESP
Till Kriwet GER
Matias Paredes ARG
Grant Schubert AUS
Gagan Ajit Singh IND
Jugraj Singh IND
Prabjot Singh IND
Taeke Taekema NED
Eduard Tubau ESP

Senior Player of the Year

Sohail Abbas PAK
Waseem Ahmad PAK
Pablo Amat ESP
Chauhan Devesh IND
Troy Elder AUS
Brent Livermore AUS
Jorge Lombi ARG
Teun de Nooijer NED
Xavier Ribas ESP
Dilip Tirkey IND

The international selection panel for this year’s men’s awards is made up as follows:

Coaches:
Ric Charlesworth, FIH Master Coach (AUS)
Paul Lissek, FIH Master Coach (NED)

Journalists:
Bruce Hamilton (AUS)
Sardar Khan (PAK)
S. Thyagarajan (IND)
Pat Rowley (ENG)

FIH moderator:
Tony von Ondarza (VEN)

FIH President, Mrs Els van Breda Vriesman commented, 'With every nomination a worthy winner, I’m sure that this year’s Player of the Year awards will again provoke intense discussion amongst the hockey community. Whoever the winners, I’m sure that the international panel will draw from their unquestionable expertise to acclaim four excellent ambassadors for our sport.'

Women’s Hockey Player of the Year Nominations

The nominations were:

Young Player of the Year

Soledad Garcia (ARG)
Miek van Geenhuizen (NED)
Fanny Rinne (GER)
Maartje Scheepstra (NED)
Lee Seon Ok (KOR)
Angie Skirving (AUS)
Kate Walsh (ENG)
Ma Yibo (CHN)

Senior Player of the Year
Kate Allen (AUS)
Luciana Aymar (ARG)
Fu Baorong (KOR)
Minke Booij (NED)
Nuria Camón (Spain)
Mijntje Donners (NED)
Sachimi Iwao (JPN)
Julie Towers (AUS)
Nie Yali (CHN)

The international selection panel for this year’s women’s awards was made up as follows:

Coaches:

David Bell, FIH Grade 1 coach (AUS)
Marc Lammers , FIH Grade 1 coach
(NED)

Journalists:

Annemarie van der Eem (NED)
Bruce Hamilton (AUS)
Cathy Harris (ZIM)
Graciela Ortiz (ARG)

FIH moderator:
Pam Tye (AUS)

FIH President, Mrs Els van Breda Vriesman commented, "The international panel of hockey experts has nominated 18 excellent and deserving athletes for the Player of the Year Awards. I am sure that the final ballot will, however, draw two exceptional women’s hockey players to hold this prestigious title."

All winners were determined by a secret ballot amongst the panel members . Both the men’s and women’s winners were announced on 5 December 2003 at the OneWorld Sport, Parramatta, Sydney.




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