Information for 2023 Australian Elite & Masters players

This information is for players interested in participating in Australian Team Selections for the 2023 CMAS World Championships, scheduled to take place on the Gold Coast in July.

Trials

Trials will take place at the Nationals in Bunbury, WA on two dates depending which squad you are trialing for:

  • Elites: Monday 16th after 12noon and Saturday 21st January between 2.30 and 5pm.
  • Masters: Saturday 21st January between 2.30 and 5pm.

Selection process and criteria

All athletes are required to nominate for selection prior to the first game of the National Championships where selection will be undertaken the Monday 16th January.

More information and an online nomination form will be available in early December.

2023 Australian Nationals to be held in Bunbury

The Australian Underwater Hockey Championships will be held in Bunbury, WA from the 16th to 21st of January 2023.

Will you put your hand up to referee?

Underwater Hockey Australia is calling for volunteers to top up our pool of NPR’s (Non-playing referees) at Nationals 2023 by becoming a playing referee.

Please contact Helen Canavan (Chief Referee for Nationals 2023) at referee@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

It is important we get enough dedicated referees (non-playing and playing) to avoid teams being required to provide referees. Having dedicated referees results in a higher quality of refereeing as well as assists with planning. Playing referees may be entitled to partial remuneration of costs.

Vacancy: 2023 Australian Masters Women Coach

We have been able to fill nearly all of the Australian team coaching and administrative positions, however, one remains vacant. As such, the UHA seeks nominations for the Masters Women Coach for the ELITE/MASTERS World Championships, Gold Coast Australia (currently scheduled for July 2023).

*Note Tenure of Elite/Masters coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2023.

This role can be filled by a player/coach. If you think this is for you, please email your nomination to director@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Update on UHA committee positions

The positions of Tournament Director / Games Commissioner and Director of Development have been advertised and nominations closed. An announcement on these successful applicants will be coming shortly.

There are vacant positions of Secretary and Director of Refereeing. These positions will be advertised later this year.

If you are interested in being a part of the UHA committee please email director@underwaterhockeyaustralia.org.au

Changes to the UHA committee

The UHA Annual General Meeting was held Saturday 15th October.  Following a number of years of service to the UHA committee and community, five of the executive have stood down. It has obviously been a challenging last few years with Covid, and with motivation waning and life developments, these executives hope that some fresh appointments the ambitious plan and vision they have set out prior to Covid can be achieved in the future. 

Nick Martyn, Jacko Smit, Eden Brown, Stewart Parkinson and Angus Sinclair have all served for a number of years on the committee as well as numerous other roles over the years. They have been a key part to undertake a number of positive changes for UHA.  I thank them all for their efforts and dedication to UHA and wish them well in their future endeavours in and out of the pool.

Re-advertised Australian team positions

We have been able to fill a number of the Australian team coaching and administrative positions but a number remain vacant or applications were received late. 

As such, the UHA seeks nominations for the below roles:

ELITE/MASTERS World Championships, Gold Coast Australia (currently scheduled for July 2023).

  • Coach Elite Women*
  • Coach Masters Women*

*Note Tenure of Elite/Masters coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2023.

AGE GROUP World Championships, Istanbul, Turkey (currently scheduled for mid-year 2024)

  • U24 Men**
  • U19 Women**
  • Manager 1
  • Manager 2

**Note Tenure of U24/U19 coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2024 (this may include an international tournament during 2023).
Selection nominations will close at the end of May 2022.

It is expected that selection of Australian national team coach and manager positions will be confirmed by mid June 2022 via an out of session state representative POSTAL vote. 

Australian Team Coaches & Managers: Call for nominations

In light of delays to the CMAS and international tournament calendar since 2020, and in the interests of fairness, UHA has made the decision to open Australian Team Coaching and Manager positions across all divisions.

UHA invites nominations via the nomination pro forms attached for the following positions:

ELITE/MASTERS World Championships
Gold Coast Australia, Currently scheduled for July 2023*

  • Coach Elite Women
  • Coach Elite Men
  • Coach Masters Women
  • Coach Masters Men
  • Manager 1
  • Manager 2

*Note: Tenure of Elite/Masters coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2023.

AGE GROUP World Championships
Istanbul, Turkey. Currently scheduled for mid year 2024**

  •  U24 Women
  • U24 Men
  • U19 Girls
  • U19 Boys
  • Manager 1
  • Manager 2

**Note: Tenure of U24/U19 coaching positions will be from successful selection until post World Championship Tournament 2024 (this may include an international tournament during 2023).

Selection nominations will close at the end of April 2022.

It is expected that selection of Australian national team coach and manager positions will be confirmed by end of May 2022 via an out of session state representative vote (date to be confirmed pending nominations).

Wollongong Potluck 4s

The Wollongong 4s is a potluck competition where teams of four players battle it out in 2x5min games in a court 2.4m deep and 15x17m.

This year’s event will be held on the 5th of March 2022.

Please pre-register @ https://www.trybooking.com/BXJXU

Australian 2022 National Championships

AUFQ in consultation with UHA and AUF made the decision to delay the 2022 Australian National Championships. The competition will now take place from the 4th to 9th July.

The reasons for this decision were as follows:

  • Limited team registrations per division
  • WA border restrictions have been extended and may not open until past the current comp date;
  • COVID 19 – associated risk to the tournament should any team be taken out by the impacts of Covid or the rules around close contacts of a positive case.

AUFQ, UHA and the AUF hope that delaying the 2022 Australian National Championships until July will achieve the following:

  • Facilitate WA state team inclusion across divisions;
  • Provide a more stable and understood tournament environment in consideration of COVID 19.
  • Increase the likelihood of additional teams across divisions (inter-state/overseas). 

Updates about the competition are posted on 2022 Australian National Championships Facebook page.

Should you have any questions please contact AUFQ Organisers uwhnationals2022@gmail.com or the UHA Tournament Director (Stewart Parkinson) via email or mobile.

A updated information pack and important dates will soon follow.