Coaches Announced for Junior Teams

Following the call for nominations late last year, the coaches for the Australian Junior underwater hockey teams have been announced.

U19 Men - Steve Cleary (TAS)
U23 Men - Nick Martyn (TAS)
U19 Women - Chris Wenman (WA)
U23 Women - Nina Barry-Macaulay (VIC)

Alongside this, Sandra Milner (TAS) has been re-appointed as Team Manager for the Australian Junior Teams.

The coaches and team manager will serve a two year term, which includes this years Trans Tasman competition and the 2015 World Championships. Selections for the Junior teams will be held at the approaching Gold Coast Nationals.

The appointment of coaches for Elite teams has been delayed due to a change in the World Championships, where the Juniors and Elite/Master divisions have been split over two years. The next Elite/Masters World Championships will be held in 2016.

U19 Girls team at 2013 Worlds in Hungary

U19 Girls team at 2013 Worlds in Hungary

 

Steve Dunn wins AUF Beau Beere Award

Victorian Underwater Hockey stalwart Steve Dunn was recently announced as the 2013 recipient of the Australian Underwater Federation's Beau Beere Award.

Named after a prominent sports administrator, the award is bestowed to the person considered to have done the most for the advancement of underwater sports in Australia during the previous twelve months. A long term resident of Inverloch in South Eastern Victoria, Steve was recognised for his contribution to Underwater Hockey and especially for his junior development work.

Steve's association with the sport goes back to the opening of the Wonthaggi indoor pool in 1980. As a member of the South Gippsland Dive Club and the South Eastern Area Board Rider's Club he suggested that the two clubs play one another in a game of Underwater Hockey. He played with the eventual victors of that foundation game, the Board Riders team.

After more than thirty years he is still actively involved. In that time he has served as President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club.

Steve Dunn receives the 2013 Beau Beere Award.

Steve Dunn receives the 2013 Beau Beere Award.

The award was announced by the Federal President of the Australian Underwater Federation, Graham Henderson, who acknowledged Steve’s long and dedicated service, “He has held numerous administrative positions over the years along with huge input into the promotion of juniors into the Club and sport.”

“Steve is to be congratulated for all his achievements. His nomination showed the respect, consideration and esteem with which he is held,” said Mr Henderson.

Steve was presented his award at a function held at the Wonthaggi pool after the final club game for the year. The current president of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey club, Kevin Chisholm, said it was well-deserved recognition, “It is great to see Steve being acknowledged at a national level. He has had an enormous influence sport of Underwater Hockey, not just here in the local area but across Victoria and Australia.”

“Steve’s enduring legacy is getting so many kids involved. He had a huge influence on my development within the sport and literally hundreds of people have played Underwater Hockey as a result of his passion. He teaches young kids about the importance of commitment and discipline. He instils a respect for fair play in everyone he teaches,” said Mr. Chisholm.

After all these years, Steve’s passion for Underwater Hockey hasn’t waned. Week after week, he attends the regular Thursday night session at the Wonthaggi pool. There, he puts the junior players through their paces before joining the adults for their game. Steve is the only foundation member still actively involved in the club.

When deliberating the nominations the federal board considered the future effects of the contribution made to the sport and the benefit to others achieved through nominee’s activities. Steve’s hard work certainly fulfils both criteria. His efforts have helped Wonthaggi become one of the most successful clubs in Victoria and the biggest producer of junior players in the state. Over the years dozens players have gone on to represent Victoria and Australia.

Not content with his contribution to date, Steve is busy preparing another crop of junior players who will travel to the Gold Coast in late January. There, they will compete in the Australian National Championships and Underwater Hockey will continue to benefit from Steve’s passion and dedication.

Changes to the UHA Committee

It has been a big year for Underwater Hockey in Australia. The year kicked off with a hugely successful National Championships in Hobart. The tournament attracted more than 200 participants across six divisions and included the introduction of an U15 junior division.

Our representative teams also enjoyed some fantastic results at the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Eger, Hungary in August. With 84 athletes and more than ten support staff it was the largest contingent Australia has ever sent to an international Underwater Hockey tournament. All seven Australian teams progressed through to the semi-final stage and four teams collected medals. The Master's Men and Master's Women were crowned World Champions after winning their respective finals. The U23 Men collected silver while the Elite Men overcame a heart breaking semi-final loss to France (2-1 after extra time) to collect bronze with a 7-1 win over Great Britain. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of the coaches and administrative staff who attended the competition. In particular, Sandra Milner and Jane Gilligan did an amazing job coordinating managing the teams. I would also like to acknowledge the work of our junior team chaperones, Ben and Laura , their work is much appreciated by the UHA committee and the players who traveled. Also a massive thank you to all of the parents and supporters who attended or followed our progress from afar.

On behalf of the UHA and as a player involved on the trip I would also like to express gratitude to the Australian team physios, Nick, Mary-Anne and Lolia, who accompanied us on our trip to Hungary. They did an enormous amount of work on the trip and their knowledge played a vital role in the success that our teams experienced.

Underwater Hockey Australia Annual General Meeting

More recently, the Underwater Hockey Australia AGM saw some substantial changes to the committee. Lena Plambeck (Director of Coaching), Craig Mackenzie (Games Commissioner) and Jodie Miners (Communications Officer) did not re-nominate for their positions. All three made an enormous contribution to the committee and to the betterment of Underwater Hockey here in Australia. They have spent countless hours working within their respective portfolios. Their work will hold the organisation in good stead for the coming years. On the bright side, a new generation of people have stepped up to fill their roles. Nick Martyn is the new Games Commissioner, Nina Barry-Macaulay will fill the Communications Officer role and Angus Sinclair takes the lead on the refereeing portfolio as Director of Refereeing.

I have also decided to step down from the Director role. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience but I feel it is time for a new direction. Unfortunately no nominations were received so the position remains vacant. I will act in the role for the next couple of months so that a suitable replacement can be found.

There have also been some significant changes at State level. Joe Tindal stepped down from his position in South Australia. Joe has made an amazing contribution to the sport in Adelaide. He will be sorely missed.

Next year is looking like an exciting year. Nationals will be held on the Gold Coast in January. Mid-year we will send U19 and U23 teams to New Zealand for Trans Tasmans. We are also looking to hold an Australian club championships in the second half of the year. Hopefully there will be more news on that front shortly.

Please stay safe over the festive season and I look forward to seeing you in the water in 2014.

Rees Quilford, Acting Executive Director, Underwater Hockey Australia

Fundraiser for typhoon relief fund

The proceeds of the fundraiser

The proceeds of the fundraiser.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines before going on to strike Vietnam. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead in the Philippines.

The Australian Underwater Hockey community has a close relationship with our friends from the Philippines. Players from across Australia have attended tournaments in Manila over the past few years. This time last year more than a dozen players attended the post-tournament dive trip on the island of Coron. The island was devastated by the storm.

A fundraiser gathering was held at the the Great Northern Hotel in Carlton North on Saturday 16th of December 2013. About thirty players and friends dropped in for a meal or a drink. A total of $780 was raised and will be donated to the Red Cross' Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

Thank you to Tim Helm for donating a range of super delicious preserves for the raffle and to all of those that donated.

Success for Australia

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Australian teams experienced great success at the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Eger, Hungary from 23 to 31 August 2013.

With 84 athletes and more than ten support staff it was the largest contingent Australia has ever sent to an international tournament.

All seven Australian teams progressed through to the semi final stage and four teams collected medals.

The Master's Men and Master's Women were crowned World Champions after winning their respective finals. The Master’s Women defeated South Africa 7-2 in the playoff game after going through the tournament undefeated. The Master’s Men won an epic final 4-1 against the Netherlands to secure gold.

The U23 Men had a seesawing final match against New Zealand but were defeated 2-4 to collect silver.

The Elite Men recovered from a heart breaking semi final loss to France (2-1 after extra time) to collect bronze. They defeated Great Britain 7-1 in a one sided final.

The Elite Women were unable to overcome a strong and well-drilled South African outfit in the bronze medal playoff. They tried their hearts out but were defeated 4-1.

The U19 Men and Women’s teams faced France and South Africa in their respective finals. The U19 Men lost 3-4 in an entertaining contest while the U19 Women lost 3-4 in a nail biting game decided in extra time.

Full results from the tournament can be viewed online at: http://www.horizonsolutions.tv/leagues/world-underwater-hockey-championships-2013?view=results

Thank you to all those who sent messages of support and followed the action online.

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Thank you players, officials and supporters

Thank you to all the Australian players, officials and supporters that attended the 2013 World Championships in Eger, Hungary.

The tournament proved to be a great success for us. With 84 athletes it was the largest contingent we have ever sent. All of the seven teams we fielded made it through to the semi final stage and we had four teams in the medals.

Congratulations to the Master's Men and Master's Women on bringing home gold, the U23 Men on silver and the Elite Men on bronze.

Finally thank you for all the messages of support and encouragement from back home and around the world.

See you in the water back in Oz.
Rees Quilford
Director, Underwater Hockey Australia

UWH Worlds 2013 officially underway

Congratulations to our flag bearers Alex Barnes-Keoghan and Eden Brown. Two fantastic ambassadors for the Australian contingent here at Eger.


A short clip of Alex and Eden proudly carrying the flag at the opening ceremony. Footage by Ian Barnes-Keoghan.

The opening ceremony of the 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships

How to follow the progress of team Australia

The 18th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships are currently underway in Eger, Hungary. The competition will run over the period of 23-31 August 2013.

Australia has teams competing in seven divisions: U19 Men, U19 Women, U23 Men, Elite Men, Elite Women, Men's Masters and Women's Masters.

We will be posting regular updates on social media:

The full draw and results can be viewed online at:

Video of the games on Courts 1 & 2 will be streamed live via YouTube at:

Last chance for early bird membership special

Memberships for the Australia Underwater Federation are now due.

The membership fee includes player insurance and a contribution to Underwater Hockey Australia as well as to your respective state branch.

All players in Australia are required to be members.

An early bird special for membership renewal is available until the 31st of July.

Players other than from Tasmania* can renew their membership online at: auf.com.au/auf-membership/

Tasmanian players should contact their respective club representative.

 

Registrations open for Australian Fin Swimming Championships

Freediver underwater diving with monofin during freediving competition in London UK

The 2013 Fin Swimming Championships will be held in Sydney on the 7th and 8th of September 2013.

Underwater Hockey, Spearfishing, and Scuba AUF members are invited to participate.

Events include: Mono fin and Duo fin events as well as 100m, 400m and 800m SCUBA events.

There is also a suggestion of putting up a sports trophy for the winning sport.

The event offers a good opportunity to test speed and breath hold events.

Winners of events will receive medals and will be eligible to set/break records.

Expressions of interest would be appreciated by June 30th. Entry forms must be returned by 7 August 2013.

For more information please contact the Ozfin President Helen Lane.