Indian Women’s Hockey team captain Savita Punia got nominated for International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women’s Goalkeeper Of The Year Award 2021-22. Popularly called as the Great Wall Of India. Punia and her team performed well at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, grabbed the third position and a bronze.
Savita Punia, India’s star hockey goalkeeper received Baljit Singh Goalkeeper Of The Year award in 2015. The 32-year-old captain from Haryana’s efforts were again acknowledged on September 13, she received the nomination for FIH Women’s Goalkeeper Of The Year. Punia and her team claimed the limelight by showcasing their skills and talent during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Though they lost from Great Britain by 3-4 during the bronze medal round, they were applauded for being successful in proving their potential and bringing hope to India.
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Savita Punia Goalkeeper Of The Year Nomination Announced
This is Savita’s second nomination for the FIH award. She got nominated and won the same award during the 2020-21 edition as well. Talking about her progress, Punia reportedly said, “I feel quite good about being nominated in consecutive years. We continued to train hard after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the entire year. Getting a nomination again makes me feel that I a moving in the right direction in training.”
The player owes her achievement to team members and coaching staff. In a recent interview, she emphasised on the efforts and team work that makes such achievements possible. “If one of us is nominated, each and every member of the team receives appreciation and this is what makes me happy”. She also talked about her dual responsibilities as the captain as well as the goalkeeper of the team. She said that while it is important to focus on individual training as goalkeeper, as captain she needs to ensure that she provides support to the entire team and focus on the team performance as well.
In 2022, the team performed exceptionally well at the Birmingham edition of Commonwealth Games by beating New Zealand, claiming the Bronze medal. It motivated the team and created a positive environment to train harder and achieve better results. The team is currently training for FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup that will be held in December 2022. The team is also looking for to next year’s Asian Games.