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Michelsen chases hockey honour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016 Cathy Walshe

Black Sticks livewire Stacey Michelsen is one of five players shortlisted by the International Hockey Federation for women's player of the year.

The award is based on performance at international events during the 2016 season, as well as the player's overall contribution to the sport.

Michelsen joins Carla Rebecchi of Argentina, British skipper Kate Richardson-Walsh and teammate Alex Danson, and Dutchwoman Naomi van As on the short list.

Michelsen, who has played 216 Tests for New Zealand, said it was a huge honour to be nominated, particularly after the disappointment of finishing fourth at this year's Olympics.

"It's been a very tough year with the disappointment of not achieving what we set out to in Rio, but it has certainly motivated many of us to be better in the coming years," she said.

Award winners will be decided by the combined results of an online vote that is open to the public and a peer vote from international athletes.

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