Great Britain Women named Team of the Year

Alex Danson and Shona McCallin collect the Team of the Year award

Great Britain’s women’s Hockey Team added another prize to their bulging trophy cabinet when they were awarded the Team of the Year Award and the 2016 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Danny Kerry’s team, who won widespread acclaim for their dramatic gold medal triumph at the Olympic Games came out on top in a competitive category which also contained the 4x100m athletics relay squad, Manchester City women FC, Rowers Helen Glover & Heather Stanning and the Team pursuit cycling squad.

It is the second consecutive year hockey has taken the prize with Danny Kerry's England team, the European Champions scooping the award in 2015.

Striker Alex Danson, the tournament’s top scorer in Rio collected the award on behalf of the team alongside team mate Shona McCallin. McCallin said it was a “real honour” to receive the award especially given what a “truly special year for British sport” it has been. Danson echoed those sentiments, adding that it makes her “extremely proud to represent the whole squad” at such events.

The Sportswomen of the Year Awards are now in their 29th year, and have led the way in recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny was named the 2016 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, whilst the other awards handed out were:

Olympian of the Year: Helen Glover & Heather Stanning (rowing)

Paralympian of the Year: Kadeena Cox (athletics & track cycling)

Young Sportswoman of the Year: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (swimming)

Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration: Hannah Francis (a teenage eventing rider, who died in August after losing her battle with a rare bone cancer)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Celia Brackenridge (researcher and activist)

Community Award: Kirsty Cameron (founder of Ladies Leisurely Cycles Facebook group)

Congratulations to our golden girls on another prize and of course congratulations to all winners and nominees!