Hockeyroo and Hockey Club Melbourne superstar Rachael Lynch has secured arguably the biggest individual honour of her career after being crowned as FIH Female Goalkeeper of the Year for 2019 on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old won the award following her superb year, which saw her dominate for Australia being named the Player of the Match when the Hockeyroos defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in her hometown of Melbourne in the FIH Pro League.
Lynch has been a mainstay member of the Hockeyroos since 2006 and has more than 220 international caps to her name. If selected she’ll be eager to bring home Gold for Australia at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
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Lynch finished ahead of Maria Ruiz (ESP), Mathilde Petriaux (FRA), Ayeisha McFerran (IRL) and Megumi Kageyama (JPN) to claim the award after receiving the highest number of votes.
Voting was determined by 50% of the overall result made up of votes from National Associations (which included some international athletes and coaches votes), while fans and players (25%) and media (25%) made up the other half of the votes.
Click here to see the full voting tally.