Crystal Palace Women’s goalie Chloe Morgan took home Sports Star of the Year at this year’s Diva Awards.
The annual DIVA Awards are a celebration of the achievements of gay, bisexual and trans women in business, media, politics and sport.
Morgan beat the competition from former England striker 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 – briefly broken off on loan at Arsenal – before changing clubs last summer to play for Palace in the FA Women’s Championship.
The Palace goalkeeper juggles her footballing commitments with her day job at a national law firm, where she specializes in cases related to severe brain injury.
Morgan also manages to work as a goalkeeper coach and head of diversity and inclusion with Goal Diggers FC, an award-winning amateur club for women and non-binary.
In September, she joined the board of directors of the influential network organization Women in Football. In recent weeks, M-Power Goalkeeping Coaching has also been featured in his Twitter bio.
The program is designed to help increase the ranks of shot blockers in the women’s game, and with Bristol City’s Sophie Baggaley and Leicester title-winner Sophie Harris already on board.
As with Goal Diggers, Morgan wants to make sure everyone feels welcome – it’s all abilities, all-inclusive.
“I’m really excited about this,” she said earlier this week, during a panel 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 goalies because I think it is. still one of those areas, for both men’s and women’s games, that hasn’t been high on the agenda. Outfielders have always been a priority. “