Lily Owsley, the England and Great Britain forward has been named as the FIH’s Rising Star of the Year for 2015. The award which replaced the FIH World Young Player of the Year prize is decided by the combined results of an online vote and a peer vote from international athletes.
It has been a successful year for Owsley and her teammates with the 21-year-old playing a pivotal role in Great Britain’s unbeaten run at the World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, a competition which Danny Kerry’s side won and in the process, secured Olympic Qualification. Owsley netted the winning goal in the semi-final against Germany to help Great Britain to seal their place in Rio.
A fast, skilful, brave and hard-working player, the No26, who has 74 England and GB combined caps to her name has produced some scintillating hockey this past year. Her crowning moment was at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships. In front of a home crowd, Owsley and her England team mates put together an unbeaten run to the final where she scored a late equaliser against the Netherlands to take the match to a shootout, which England subsequently won. Owsley and her team mates will be looking to repeat the trick when Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre hosts the Champions Trophy this June, just weeks ahead of the Rio Olympics.
A delighted Owsley told England Hockey:
“Individually this is the biggest award I could have won, but really I’m lucky to win it and lucky to have so many fantastic team mates around me. I couldn’t do anything without them making me look good! The quality of the other players was so high; I can’t quite believe I’ve won. It’s such a massive honour.”
Lily enjoyed a successful sporting career at Clifton College, after being introduced to Hockey aged 13.
Congratulations from everyone here, and we wish her every success in the future!