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Alex Danson - Player of the Tournament

By Dil Bahra


Alex Danson displaying why she won Player of the Tournament. Photo: Koen Suyk

There have been a few great action photos in our sport of hockey over the years but this photo by Dutch photographer Koen Suyk tops them all. Koen, a photographer for over 40 years has covered seven Olympic Games and states that Sports photography is his great love, with hockey, golf and tennis as his specialties.



This photo was taken on Wednesday 26 August during the England’s pool match with Germany at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The photo captures England Striker Alex Danson’s sheer unfettered determination to get the ball. She scored a hat trick in England’s 4 – 1 win to progress to the semi-finals.


Dutch photographer Koen Suyk.

In the 19 years I have been running Fieldhockey.com this photo of Alex Danson is by far and away the best action photo I have ever seen.


See more of Koen's work on his website

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