|Hana Horákova receives the Women's Player of the Year award from FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin in Gdynia, Poland|
There is hardly a more suitable place than the festive venue of an All Star Game to receive a FIBA Europe Player of the Year award.
By her own admission, when Hana Horákova heard last month that she had been voted the FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year for 2010, it took her a good while before she could realise it was actually true.
The Czech international was not caught off guard though on Tuesday night in Gdynia, Poland, when FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin presented her with the award during the EuroLeague Women All Star Game.
A radiant Horákova received the award amid a huge applause by the audience and thanked everybody who had voted for her.
According to the FIBA Europe Secretary General, "Hana Horákova is a born leader. Her never-say-die attitude and constant strive for improvement would make her a champion in any discipline. We're lucky she chose basketball."
The Fenerbahce guard was named FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year by the public and an expert panel vote. Horákova was second in fan votes, behind Turkey's Nevriye Yilmaz, but won the experts' vote by a comfortable margin ahead of Sandrine Gruda of France.
The 1.82m tall guard was the MVP of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, averaging 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists to lead the Czech Republic to the Final.
The 31-year-old had long been the leader of Czech EuroLeague Women side Frisco Sika Brno and finished the 2010 season with 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists per game. She signed with Turkish club Fenerbahce in the summer and remains one of the top players in the competition.