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The 2001 FIH Players of the Year - Angie Skirving (AUS), Tibor Weissenborn (GER), Luciana Aymar (ARG), Florian Kunz (GER)

FIH Players of the Year Acclaimed 

Yesterday the FIH announced the 2001 Players of the Year awards. FIH President, Mrs Els van Breda Vriesman presented the awards to:
Florian Kunz (GER) – 2001 FIH Men' s Player of the Year
Luciana Aymar (ARG) – 2001 FIH Women’s Player of the Year
Tibor Weissenborn (GER) – 2001 FIH Young Men’s Player of the Year
Angie Skirving (AUS) – 2001 FIH Young Women’s Player of the Year 

Florian Kunz
Florian has been striking terror in the hearts of opposition strikers since he began playing hockey at 5 years old. Nicknamed Floh, the 30 year old has scored 143 goals in 39 international matches up until this World Cup, since his first international cap in March 94. His 2001 performances contributed to his team's gold medals at both the European Nations Cup Indoor in Lucerne and the 23rd Men' s Champions Trophy in Rotterdam. Today he will lead his team into the semi-finals at the National Hockey Stadium. 

Luciana Aymar
A student of physical education, 24 year old Luciana plays for the Jockey Club, Rosario in addition to her international appearances for Argentina. Holland seems to be a happy hunting ground for Luciana - she has been awarded player of the tournament at both the 2001 and 2000 Champions Trophies, which were both held at Amstelveen. The 2001 Champions Trophy will be her most memorable with Argentina taking Gold for the first time ever in the tournament. 

Tibor Weissenborn
Nicknamed Tibs, 20 year old Tibor was first selected for the National Squad when he was only 18. Until this Men' s World Cup, he has played more than 100 international matches, from which he has scored 15 goals. His performances in 2001 contributed to his team' s 1st place at the European Nations Cup Indoor in Luzern, 3rd place at the Junior World Cup in Hobart and 1st place at the Men' s Champions Trophy in Rotterdam. 

Angie Skirving
Angie is a tall athletic defender with a long tackling reach. Angie was the youngest player selected in the team that won the gold at the Sydney Olympic Games, following her excellent performance at the 2000 Champions Trophy, her first major tournament. Angie was selected in the 2001 senior squad and also captained the Australian Junior World Cup team in 2001.

Nominations
FIH Men’s Player of the Year
Mario Almada (ARG)
Mike Cullen (RSA)
Florian Kunz (GER)
Jorge Lombi (ARG)
Teun de Nooijer (NED)

FIH Young Men’s Player of the Year
Ryan Archibald (NZL)
Rob Derikx (NED)
Laurence Docherty (SCO)
Juan Garreta (ARG)
Kashif Jawwad (PAK)
Tibor Weissenborn (GER)

FIH Women’s Player of the Year
Luciana Aymar (ARG)
Nikki Hudson (AUS)
Sashimi Iwao (JAP)
Tetyana Kobzenko (UKR)
Cecilia Rognoni (ARG)
Marina Tchegourdaeva (RUS)

FIH Young Women’s Player of the Year
Sanggai Chanu (IND)
Kirsten de Groot (NED)
Mamta Khars (IND)
Janneke Schopman (NED)
Angie Skirving (AUS)
Kim Yun Mi (KOR)


Young Men
2001 Tibor Weissenborn (GER)
2002 Jamie Dwyer (AUS)
2003 Grant Schubert (AUS)
2004 Santi Freixa (ESP)
2005 Robert van der Horst (NED)
2006 Christopher Zeller (GER)
2007 Mark Knowles

Young Women
2001 Angie Skirving (AUS)
2002 Soledad Garcia (ARG)
2003 Maartje Scheepstra (NED)
2004 Soledad Garcia (ARG)
2005 Maartje Goderie (NED)
2006 Mi Hyun Park (KOR)
2007 Maike Stockel (GER)
 
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