Hockey: Sharland, Michelsen up for top awards

Kayla Sharland. Photo / Christine Cornege
Kayla Sharland. Photo / Christine Cornege

New Zealand women's hockey duo Kayla Sharland and Stacey Michelsen have been shortlisted for top International Hockey Federation awards.

Black Sticks' co-captain Sharland has been nominated for FIH 2012 Women's Player of the Year while Michelsen is up for Young Player of the Year.

Michelsen won the Young Player of the Year in 2011 - the first New Zealander to have ever won either of these prestigious awards.

Luciana Aymar has been the Women's Player of the Year seven times, with Maartje Paumen winning it in 2011.

The FIH will announce the winner of each award later this week.

Women's Player of the Year 2012 nominees
Luciana Aymar - Argentina
Crista Cullen - Great Britain
Kim Lammers - Netherlands
Maartje Paumen - Netherlands
Kayla Sharland - New Zealand

Young Player of the Year nominees
Erica Coppey - Belgium
Cheon Eun Bi - Korea
Anna Flanagan - Australia
Florencia Habif - Argentina
Stacey Michelsen - New Zealand

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