Two award nominations for Great Britain golden girls

GB celebrate their gold medal

It’s been an incredible year for women’s sport with gold raining down on the brightest and best of female British athletes. The whole of Team GB did incredibly in Rio and the women more than did their part with Nicola Adams, Laura Kenny, Jade Jones and Dame Sarah Storey wowing millions with their phenomenal performances and achievements.

Within hockey we didn’t do too badly either. Over nine million people tuned in to watch Danny Kerry’s Great Britain team win a dramatic gold medal at the Olympic Games.  

With awards season just getting underway, the plaudits are pouring in for our heroic golden girls. This week, BT Sport announced the shortlist for their Action Woman of the Year. The list is quite the who’s who of incredible talent and contains our very Maddie Hinch.

We’re sure she needs no introduction but just in case, Maddie, the Great Britain goalkeeper turned heads with a series of superb displays in the Olympic Games. Those performances reached a crescendo when in front of the watching TV audience she saved a penalty stroke in normal time in the Olympic final. With the teams drawing 3-3 she then saved multiple times in the shootout leaving Hollie Webb to fire home the winner and sending the nation, not just the hockey nation, wild.    

Maddie Hinch celebrates at the Olympics

It’s not just Maddie who is being recognised. Quite rightly after their history-making gold medal, the whole team is also up for the Team of the Year Award.

This is one of two new awards to celebrate women’s sport: Team of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, both of which will be decided by a panel of industry experts and athletes.

Again, we’re sure you need little or no context for the team’s nomination but in our completely non-biased opinion it was the most enduring and incredible moment of the Olympics when Hollie Webb turned and slotted in that shootout to grab the gold for Danny Kerry’s team.

There are so many stories intertwined with the triumph but the delaying of the ten o’clock news, the first ever gold medal for the women and the subsequent media and public interest in hockey all because our team showed millions of people why our sport is so incredible, will take some topping.

The team of the year is voted by a panel of judges however the public have the chance to vote for Maddie, so probably not for the last time this awards season we ask the hockey family to mobilise and get behind our super keeper. You can vote here.

To find out more about the awards and the nominees visit the Mixed Zone.