Chloe Morgan: Crystal Palace goalkeeper crowned Sports Star of the Year at DIVA Awards

Diversity and inclusion champion Chloe Morgan picks up gong in Lesbian Visibility Week; former England forward Lianne Sanderson, Arsenal's Beth Mead, welterweight boxer April Hunter, racing driver Charlie Martin, and slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie also nominated in category

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - FA Women's Championship - Quorn FC
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan during the FA Women's Championship match at Quorn FC, Quorn. Picture date: Sunday February 28, 2021.
Image: Chloe Morgan joined Crystal Palace from Tottenham last summer

Crystal Palace Women goalkeeper Chloe Morgan has won Sports Star of the Year at this year's DIVA Awards.

The awards, held during Lesbian Visibility Week, are a celebration of the achievements of LGBT+ women across business, the media, politics, and sport.

Morgan was named winner in her category ahead of her five fellow nominees - former England forward Lianne Sanderson, Arsenal forward Beth Mead, welterweight boxer April Hunter, racing driver Charlie Martin, and slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie.

The 31-year-old spent six years with Tottenham - broken briefly with a loan stint at Arsenal - before switching clubs last summer to play for Palace in the FA Women's Championship.

The Palace goalkeeper juggles her football commitments with her day job at a national law firm, where she specialises in cases relating to serious brain injuries.

Morgan also serves as goalkeeping coach and diversity and inclusion officer with Goal Diggers FC, an award-winning amateur club for women and non-binary people.

In September, she joined the board of the influential network organisation Women in Football. In recent weeks, M-Power Goalkeeping Coaching has been squeezed into her Twitter bio as well.

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The M-Power programme is designed to help boost the ranks of shot-stoppers coming through in the women's game, with Bristol City's Sophie Baggaley and Leicester's Championship title-winner Sophie Harris among the fellow professionals who will assist Morgan.

As with Goal Diggers, Morgan wants to create a football space in which everyone feels welcome - all abilities, all-inclusive.

"I'm really excited about it," she said earlier this week, speaking at a panel event hosted by the Woman@Sky and LGBT+@Sky network groups for Lesbian Visibility Week.

"M-Power is specifically for girls and women, including trans, and non-binary people. It's about trying to encourage more people to get into goalkeeping because I think it's still one of those areas, for the men's and women's games, that has not been at the forefront of agendas. Outfield players have always taken priority."

Lesbian Visibility Week runs from Monday, April 26, to Sunday, May 2.

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