The Dakots biggest fan, Dakota Fanning, is the first Indian-born woman to win the award.
Her victory at the Indian Institute of Technology-led ‘Dakota Award’ in 2019 earned her the title of ‘Dacota of the Year’.
The 24-year-old has been the focus of national headlines since she won the 2018 Dakotah award in the women’s category for her dedication to the sport and to her team.
The award recognises women for their contribution to the game.
Dakotas fans were not shy in expressing their enthusiasm for Dakota’s victory.
In a Facebook post, she was applauded for her performance and she was praised by a number of female members of the Indian sports community.
“I’m very proud of you Dakota, I’m proud of my team, the Indian hockey team and the Dakotahs team.
You are a champion of the game,” the post read.
“You deserve to be honoured with a ‘Dabotah’ award.”
She was also lauded by the Dakots’ players, who congratulated her on her performance.
“Congrats to Dakota Fanner for her Dakotawah Award, she deserved to win it.
We all know that Dakotaws players are very much looking forward to this year’s Dakotayas.
Congratulations to Dakota,” the players wrote.
The Dakotasses team will meet its toughest test in the 2019-20 season as it plays in the KG Cup, an international competition against other teams from other nations.
Dota was awarded the ‘Davos Award’ for the ‘best athlete in sport’.
She is the only Indian-origin player to win two Dakota Awards in a row.