2013 HWC UK PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Defenders star this year

Adam Dixon, the 27-year-old GB and England defender from the Beeston club, and Maddie Hinch, 25-years-old and the GB, England and Holcombe goalkeeper, have been named UK Players of the Year for 2013 following the annual poll conducted amongst British members of the Hockey Writers' Club.

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Maddie receives her award from FIH President Leandro Negre

Maddie was a winner of the Higgins Youth Award in 2006 and has been in line for success ever since. Following her first full England cap in 2008, she established herself as an England regular in 2011 after a series of good performances in the Champions Trophy at Amstelveen. Three Player-of-the-Tournament Awards during 2013, including the HWC's Marjorie Pollard Salver for her performance in the European Nations Cup made it a year to be remembered which ended in an eye-catching performance in December in a shoot-out during the 3rd/4th place playoff final of the World Hockey League against Argentina.

Commenting on this current award following the Pollard Salver she said: “To hear I have also won the UK Player of the Year award is such an honour and it really has rounded off a great year for me and the rest of the squad.”

Maddie has now taken her international appearances to 27 for England and 3 for Great Britain.

 

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Adam enjoys a moment

 

Adam Dixon was first capped by England in 2009 and has so far made 93 appearances for England and 29 for Great Britain. He was bitterly disappointed in 2012 when, very surprisingly, he was not selected for the Olympic squad, after having played all the major tournaments leading up to London 2012.

During 2013 Adam firmly cast aside his disappointment and set his sights on Rio 2016 with a string of outstanding performance for both Club and Country. As captain, he led Beeston to the Now Pensions Premier League title, going on to become League Champions and securing a place in the Euro League Hockey for 2013/14. In the 2012/13 Euro Hockey League the team reached the quarter-finals. Adam was also named Now Pensions Player of the Year.

Whether in defence or midfield Adam was a highly successful ever-present England player during 2013. His year ended with selection for the Indian Hockey League where he is currently playing for Dabur Mumbai Magicians. On being told of his success Adam commented: “What a very nice surprise and I am incredibly proud to have received this year's HWC award.”

Unable to be present for the presentation, Adam's rose bowl was accepted on his behalf by Martin Twist.

 

 BARRY DAVIES ELECTED AS VICE-PRESIDENT

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At the AGM member Barry Davies MBE was elected as a Vice-President of the Hockey Writers' Club. In appreciation of his work for the club we presented him with this Plaque.