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Shona McCallin.
Shona McCallin.
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Dry Doddington hockey player Shona McCallin is part of the England hockey team which has scooped the Sportswomen Team of the Year title.

McCallin, 23, was one of five members of the squad who collected the award last Friday.

The award was voted for by the public and the England hockey team beat stiff competition from the England women’s football team - who finished third at this year’s World Cup in Canada- reigning FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Cup holders Chelsea Ladies and current World and British rowing champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.

The England hockey team impressed voters after defeating Olympic and world champions Holland to win the EuroHockey Championships in August. After drawing 2-2, England won 3-1 on penalties.

Former Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School pupil McCallin was in the starting line-up for every one of her side’s matches in the competition, playing in midfield.

After McCallin scooped gold, the Journal reported how she had played with a red ribbon in her hair to make her easily identifiable to her grandmother Eva Nullis, who was watching her play international hockey live for the first time.

The hockey team members received their trophy from former footballers Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp.

The Sportswomen of the Year awards have now been running for 28 years.

The event was sponsored by the Sunday Times and Sky Sports in association with Vitality, and held at the Sky Studios in London.

McCallin currently trains full time with Great Britain Hockey and is based at Bisham Abbey, near Maidenhead.

Great Britain have already qualified for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.