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STACEY MICHELSON NAMED FIH YOUNG FEMALE PLAYER 2011
Stacey Michelsen fought off competition from the most exciting up-and-coming talents in the sport to win the women’s FIH Young Player of the Year Award, such as Dutch duo Joyce Sombroek and Willemijn Bos, USA star Katelyn Falgowski and compatriot Charlotte Harrison. Since making her debut in 2009, the now 20-year-old Michelsen has made a name for herself as an energetic and supremely skilful midfielder who has a keen eye for goal.
She has now clocked up well over 70 international appearances and looks likely to have an outstanding playing career ahead of her. Despite being one of the youngest players in the side, Michelsen is central figure in a Black Sticks team that has re-established itself as a hockey powerhouse over the past 12 months, a fact highlighted by their Bronze medal success at last year’s Rabo FIH Champions Trophy. She becomes the first ever New Zealander to win an FIH Player of the Year Award.
Nominations for this prestigious prize were put together by a panel of selected coaches from many of the world’s best international teams, including Max Caldas (Netherlands), Adam Commens (Australia), Michael Behrmann (Germany), Danny Kerry (England & Great Britain) and Mark Hager (New Zealand) before a player vote determined the respective winners.
SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: FIH WEBSITE