George Pinner wins Chris Moore Salver

HWC members choose GB stopper as best British player at Champions Trophy
Monday, June 20th, 2016
George Pinner wins Chris Moore award

George Pinner receives the 2016 Chris Moore award from Lisa Wilson (right) accompanied by Pippa Wilson

George Pinner, after an outstanding display of goalkeeping, was chosen as Britain’s best player in the 2016 Hero Champions Trophy by members of the Hockey Writers Club.

He won the Chris Moore Salver which is presented annually at a major event in memory of the former Daily Telegraph correspondent.

The presentation was made on Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Park hockey media centre by Lisa Wilson, whose husband Graham, the HWC Chairman, died in February a few weeks after their 22-year-old son Tom tragically died after a freak accident at hockey training.

Lisa was accompanied by her daughter Pippa at Friday's presentation.

Tom would have been proud that Pinner, with whom he trained when both were at university in Nottingham, won the award.

Pinner, of Holcombe HC, was reserve for the GB 2012 Olympic team. He is expected to learn next week that he is to make his Olympic debut in Rio.

Tom Wilson was a registered organ donor and his mother and sister take great consolation that 20 people have benefited from his major organs, skin grafts and bone tissue. They have set up the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund to support medical related charities.

Voting is now open for the 2016 Marjorie Pollard Salver, which will go to the outstanding British player at the 2016 women's Champions Trophy.