Reading Players HonouredBy Reading Hockey Club • Jan 25th, 2013 • Category: Events, Home Page, News
Reading Hockey Club proudly picked up two awards when The Hockey Writers’ Club held their annual awards lunch at the Royal Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. Kate Walsh was named the 2012 Women Player of the Year, while Charlotte Daly collected the Higgins Group UK Youth junior girls prize.
It was the third time that Kate has earned this prestigious award, so maintaining a long list of winners for the current squad. Kate had previously won it in 2003 and 2007, while Beth Storry took the trophy in 2008 before it went to Helen Richardson in 2009 and again in 2010, and then to Alex Danson in 2011. Of course, the early wins for Kate and Helen came before they joined Reading. Nevertheless, it is still a record we can be proud of. It was a 1-2 this year as Alex Danson finished runner-up to Kate in the poll among HWC members.
Unfortunately, neither was able to attend the presentation dinner on January 22nd due to other commitments. Kate was attending her first meeting since being appointed to the BOA athlete’s commission, while Alex was carrying out her duties with the Sky Sports Living for Sport scheme. Alex also missed out on collecting the Marjorie Pollard Salver for being voted the top GB player at the London Test event last May.
But Reading HC were represented at the HWC lunch by Charlotte Daly, even though she had quite a dash to get there as in the morning, at 8am, she had sat a biology exam at Bradfield College before being whisked up to London by her mother, Paula, with dad James meeting up with them later.
The England under-16 player has made tremendous progress in the last four years and her aim is to make the Olympics in 2020. “I was very pleased to receive the award,” Charlotte told the Reading Post’s David Wright over lunch. “I have to thank all those who coached me, at England, Reading and Bradfield College.” Her coach at Bradfield is our 1st XI player Jess Brooker.
In addition to tucking in to roast tenderloin of pork wrapped in Parma ham, there was an added treat for Charlotte, as also seated on her table was Barry Middleton, captain of the GB men’s team. Barry was voted the Men’s Player of the Year for the fourth time. One of his awards came in 2007, the same year as Kate.
(Report and photo coutesy of David Wright and the Reading Evening Post)