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!

Player EOI for 2020 Australian Teams

Elite and Masters players interested in participating in Australian team training camps programs preparing for the CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships (to be held at the Gold Coast in July 2020) are asked to complete an online expression of interest.

NOTE: COMPETITION INFORMATION AND TEAM SELECTION DETAIL WILL BE CIRCULATED IN DECEMBER 2019

At this stage training camps in 2019 are being planned for:

  • Elite Womens: October 5-6th, Hobart
  • Elite Mens: Sept 6-8th, Perth
  • Womens Masters : October 5-6th, Perth
  • Mens Masters: October, date & venue TBC

Further details can be obtained from the coaches:

The team managers (Mike & Andy) can be contacted via email at manager@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Applications Open: UHA Treasurer committee position

Underwater Hockey Australia is calling for expressions of interest for the committee position of Treasurer. The role is a two-year term (2019-2020).

View the position description for UHA Treasurer online

Please email: secretary@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au to express your interest.

Calling all referees: 2019 EOI

The UHA calls for expressions of interest from prospective referees interested in any assisting on upcoming competitions.

A number of opportunities exist for new starters right through to highly experienced referees, including:

  • Kings Cup
    8-9 June
    Refereeing opportunities exist to participate in the upcoming National club comp. No set funding available.
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship
    5-8 September
    These championships are open to those who have some experience refereeing, and wish to further their long term refereeing. It is an ideal competition to use as a stepping stone to international level refereeing. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • QLD state titles
    5-6 October
  • WA state titles
    November (TBC)
  • SEA Games
    30 November - 11 December, Philippines
    ********EOI CLOSING DATE 27/05/2019********* 
    Calling for experienced referees with international experience, or international elite players who can demonstrate their ability to referee at this level. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • Australian Nationals Championship
    19-24th January 2020, Sydney, Australia
    Open to all those who wish to further their refereeing career. A level 1 accreditation is preferable, as is previous refereeing experience at club level. All referees at this competition will be considered and assessed for the Worlds competition. Please contact me for clarification. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.
  • 2020 CMAS Elite and Masters World Championships
    July 2020, Australia
    We will require experienced referees with at least Level 2 accreditation, and/or previous international experience or international elite players who can demonstrate their ability to referee at this level. Previous refereeing at Nationals is highly desired, either as a playing or non-playing referee. It is expected that anybody interested in this competition will referee at the Nationals in January 2020. There will be far more places available at this competition as it is located in Australia. Funding for airfares, accommodation and most meals is available. Assistance with special leave documentation for representation at a National and or International event also available on request.

Interested parties should contact Angus Sinclair via email (referee@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au).

Submissions should include the following:

  1. Preferred competition and availability
  2. Current referee qualification ranked Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and star (if known).
  3. An account of recent refereeing activity at club, state, national or international. This can be a general statement or a summary of events attended as a referee (preferred).

AUF memberships open for renewal

The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) has opened the 2019-2020 membership renewal process.

By becoming a member of the AUF you join an Australia wide family of underwater enthusiasts who are making a contribution to bring sport, conservation and awareness to the underwater world. 2018/19 memberships expire on 30 June 2019.

Join or renew online at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=4073

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Australian Elite & Masters Team Coaches Announced

Underwater Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the following coaching appointments for the 2019-20 Elite and Masters Australian teams:

  • Greg Bush: Australian Elite Men
  • Nathan Whelan: Australian Elite Women
  • Eden Brown: Australian Masters Women

Congratulations to the successful applicants.