Team GB bronze medallist Crista Cullen misses out on hockey Women’s Player of the Year award

Crista Cullen.
Crista Cullen.

Hockey star and Olympic bronze medallist Crista Cullen has missed out on the Women’s Player of the Year title.

The Boston-born defender was one of the five finalists drawn up by the FIH (International Hockey Federation).

However, last night the award went to the Netherlands’ gold medallist Maartje Paumen for the second successive year.

Paumen also pipped Cullen to the 2008 world junior player title.

Cullen scored five times - the competition’s joint top scorer - to help Great Britain claim third place at London 2012, as well as being part of the GB side which won silver at the Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina, last year.

The 27-year-old former Leicester player has now retired from the sport and works in marketing in Kenya.

However, the award is judged on players’ performances in the last calendar year.

Argentina’s Luciana Aymer, Kayla Sharland of New Zealand, plus Holland’s Kim Lammers were also on the shortlist.

Cullen also won bronze in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games with GB, as well as helping England to third in two European Championships.