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About the athlete

Always the first to acknowledge the team of athletes and staff around her, Alex Danson is the epitome of a team player. Alex has been a key part of the most successful spell UK women’s hockey has ever had. Having amassed more than 300 international appearances and 100 goals since making her debut in 2001, Alex was a member of the squad that engaged the nation with their gripping Olympic gold win at Rio 2016, four years after winning bronze on home soil at London 2012. She was also involved in a dramatic European final at Lee Valley in 2015 that saw England win on penalties.

Alex is captaining her country at the World Cup this summer. Like the rest of the squad, off the pitch Alex is devoted to the group's vision of 'inspiring the future' and ensuring hockey is made accessible to as many people as possible. Last year, Alex set up the 'Alex Danson Hockey Academy' with the ambition of engaging 10,000 young people with the sport over three years. Alongside her work with the academy, Alex is a passionate and inspirational speaker who regularly gives her time and energy to schools and youth groups.

Alex says, “I am absolutely honoured to be nominated for ‘Athlete of the Year’ at The National Lottery Awards. I also want to thank everyone who plays the National Lottery because their contributions allow myself and the rest of the squad to dedicate ourselves to this incredible sport, training every day in order to represent the UK, taking on the best players in the world - so to be in the running for an iconic National Lottery Award is simply the icing on the cake. The shortlist is clearly incredibly strong and all the finalists would be worthy winners. But for me to win would be an incredible boost not just for myself but for the rest of the squad, and everyone involved in UK hockey.”

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