UHA Annual General Meeting 2020

The Underwater Hockey Australia Commission Annual General Meeting will be held online on Saturday 20 September 2020.

Login details will be posted shortly.

Committee Positions up for election include:

  • Executive Director
  • Secretary
  • Ordinary Members

View the UHA AGM 2019 Minutes

Australian 2020 Elite Teams

The Australian Elite teams for 2020 were announced at the recent Australian UWH Championships. The selected teams are as follows:

Australian Elite Women's Team

  • Hannah Robbert-Tissot (C)
  • Eliza Game
  • Romy Keppel
  • Sunny Pasco-Thompson
  • Alice Van Der Woude
  • Sasha Baudestil
  • Zoe Canavan
  • Dan Hunt
  • Katelyn Tenbensel
  • Tori Wickham
  • Briody Hilder
  • Kate Howard

Australian Elite Team 2020 Australian Elite Men's Team

  • Tom Miller (Captain)
  • Gavan Wise
  • Todd Canavan
  • Josh Mackenzie
  • Gary Rosewarne
  • Mason Gillespie
  • Shannon Griffiths
  • Amar Sarmiento
  • Stewart Parkinson
  • Scott Mackenzie
  • Hunter Jones
  • Rhys Milburn
  • Joel Hattie (Reserve)
  • Max Campbell (Reserve)

Australian UWH Championships 2020

The 2020 Australian Underwater Hockey Championships were held at Knox Grammar School, Sydney from 19-24 January 2020.

For information and results about the competition:

Knox Aquatic Centre

Pacific Rim Age Group Championships announced for Cairns

Note
Dear members, Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have had to cancel the 2020 Asia Pacific Cup that was due to be held in Cairns in December.  Australia and NZ are working closely to look at potential UWH replacement tournaments for both elites and age teams once there is more certainty around international travel.
We will keep you posted.
UHA Committee

The Tobruk Memorial Pool in Cairns will play host to an Australian / New Zealand Age Games Invitational from the 5th to the 8th of December 2020.

Categories include U19 & U24 Male & Female divisions.

An information pack will be released soon.

Register your interest via email to secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Competition flyer

Australian Junior Training Academy

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION THIS TRAINING CAMP WILL NO LONGER PROCEED.

The UHA is pleased to announce the first annual Weekend Training Academy for Age Players in May 2020 on the Gold Coast.

  • Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 May 2020
    Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Thanks to Coordinator Sean Hartley (and team) for their efforts in bring this to fruition.

The idea behind this is to provide an annual weekend for U19 and U24 players along with Age Games Appointed Coaches and/or equivalent trainers.

The Academy is for those junior and young adult players wishing to "represent" and further their hockey skills and understanding to the next level. We anticipate the attendance of:

  • U19 girls + coach
  • U19 boys + coach
  • U24 women + coach
  • U24 men + coach
  • +experienced players to assist and act as mentors
  • +specialist presenters to be confirmed
  • a chaperone from each state to accompany underage players

The flyer below provides an indication of what to expect and estimated costings (which are based on the attendance of 30 to 40 players).

PROCESS FOR PLAYER ATTENDANCE:

  • Advise your State Rep / local junior coach or Australian Age Games Coach you wish to attend (they will submit your name and contact details to the organisers)

On confirmation of attendance the process for flight bookings will be communications.

For further information please contact Eden Brown edenbrown63 [at] @yahoo.com

Call-out: Australian Team Selectors

The UHA is calling for nominations for national team selectors for the 2020 Australian teams for the following categories:

  • Elite Womens AUS
  • Elite Mens AUS
  • Masters Women AUS
  • Masters Men AUS

Selectors are required to be in Sydney for the Australian Underwater Hockey Championships on the 24th January.

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please email UHA at secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Call-out: Australian Junior Coaches (2020-21)

The UHA is calling for nominations for COACHING positions for Australian Age Games Teams in 2020-21.

Applications are requested for the following teams:

  • U19 Men
  • U19 Women
  • U24 Men
  • U24 Women

Commitment requirements include:

  • Address interested athletes at 2020 Nationals in Sydney on Friday 24 January (30 mins);
  • Attend annual weekend training academy scheduled for 30-31 May 2020 on the Gold Coast (funded)
  • Attend selection process for Pacific Rim Competition (funded; date & venue tbc)
  • Attend Pacific Rim Competition scheduled for 5-8 December 2020 in Cairns (funded)
  • Attend formal selection process for Worlds squad at the 2021 Nationals (Jan 2021 - date & venue tbc)
  • Attend annual weekend training academy and/or training camps in May 2021 (funded)
  • Attend World Championships in mid-2021 (date & venue tbc; funded)

Administrative requirements include:

  • Develop tailored training programs and team strategy documentation;
  • Provide regular individual feedback to players;
  • Liaison with parents and team managers;
  • Liaison and formal progress reporting to UHA committee;

All coaches will be required to obtain a Working with Children check and have or are keen to gain their formal Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Qualifications.

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please submit an overview of your experience to the UHA (secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au) by midday 23 January 2020.

2020 World Champs: Oz team information pack

The 21st CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships are being held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 20 July to1 August 2020. This is a state-of-the-art facility that hosted the swimming and diving events during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is up to full Olympic standard.

Information for players interested in trialing for Australian teams is now available as follows:

Position vacant: Grants Officer

The UHA calls for applications for the Grants Officer position on its Development Working Group.

Many individuals, teams and clubs have benefited over the years from Local Sporting Grants, Women in Sport, Club, Coaching and Junior Athlete grants. But we can always use more help to tap into what's available for Underwater Hockey to continue our sporting growth and development.

The role includes the following and is pretty much about sourcing, disseminating available or up-coming grants to State Reps and assisting where possible with applications and information.

GRANTS AND FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER ROLE

The purpose of this position is to engage proactively in seeking funding opportunities Australia wide, communicate information to state branches and clubs, improve our resources and financial ability/support to increase our numbers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research fundraising opportunities;
  • Apply for Nationally based funding; and source State opportunities;
  • Source the application form, deadline and contact and advise the State Rep of the opportunity;
  • Assist State Representatives with quotes as required and other application questions including a cover letter;
  • Maintain a log of grants applied for;
  • Work collaboratively with the Schools Program Coordinator.

Interested applicants please contact Eden Brown (edenbrown63[at]yahoo.com | 0408 381 051)

Non-playing referee call out

The UHA is calling on any and all parties interested in being a non playing or playing referee for the upcoming 2020 Nationals in Sydney.

  • Non playing referees are reimbursed their airfares, accommodated and fed during the day.
  • Playing referees are eligible for some reimbursement for airfares depending on the number of games refereed.

We are especially keen for players who may have just missed the cut, are injured but could still referee or anybody who wants to develop their refereeing long term. If you are on this space, you can still be a part of Nationals!

Some may ask "what is in it for me?" well, so far this year Australia have sent referees to worlds in Sheffield, UK, Two comps in China and about to send referees to the SEA Games in the Philippines. We are also about to run a referee course in China.

So, if you love the game, and would like to get involved, Nationals is the starting point.

For more information, please email Angus at referee@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au and let me know what you want to do!