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15 Feb 2019

Maddie Hinch MBE named Female Goalkeeper of the Year

Alumna Maddie Hinch MBE has been named hockey's Female Goalkeeper of the Year for the third successive year by the International Hockey Federation.

The 2013 Sport and Exercise Science graduate won bronze at last year’s Commonwealth Games and featured in all five of England’s World Cup games.

Maddie previously won the award in 2017, following a bronze medal win at the EuroHockey Championships, and in 2016 after Team GB’s gold medal success at the Rio Olympics.

In the final against the Netherlands, Maddie saved all four penalties in the deciding shoot-out, ensuring Team GB’s first ever Olympic gold in women’s hockey.

That success saw Maddie awarded an Honorary Doctorate at last year’s winter graduation ceremony, alongside fellow alumnae Dr Hannah McLoed (Sport and Exercise Science, 2005), Nicola White (Applied Sports Science, 2013) and Giselle Ansley (Sport and Exercise Science, 2013), who all featured in the gold medal-winning team.

Despite announcing in September that she would take a break from international hockey, Maddie beat off competition from Ireland’s Ayeisha McFerran, Australia's Rachael Lynch, Spain’s Maria Ruiz and China's Ye Jiao to claim the award.

She was also nominated for the award in 2015. Alongside Hannah, Giselle and Nicole, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2017.

Congratulations to Maddie on receiving her latest award.

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