Australia Qualifies for Winter Youth Olympic Games

Ice Hockey Australia Celebrates Historic Qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games in South Korea.

Ice Hockey Australia is thrilled to announce its unprecedented qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in South Korea. This groundbreaking achievement marks the first time ever that Australia has earned a place in the prestigious international Olympic event. Australia will compete in the modified 3 on 3 (girls) for 2008 and 2009 born players.

The qualification was secured through the combined efforts of the U18 Men’s and Women’s teams at World Championships in 2023, whose remarkable performances led to an exceptional “Combined Youth Ranking” recognised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). This achievement is a testament to the unwavering commitment, talent, and dedication of Australia’s young ice hockey players.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games, organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), provide a global stage for talented young athletes to showcase their skills, inspire future generations, and foster international camaraderie. The upcoming 2024 edition, set to take place in South Korea, promises to be a pinnacle moment for ice hockey as a sport in Australia.

“We are incredibly proud of our U18 Men’s and Women’s teams for their outstanding achievement in securing Australia’s qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games,” said Adam Woolnough, General Manager of Ice Hockey Australia. “This historic milestone is a testament to the hard work, resilience, and passion of our athletes, coaches, and support staff. It also reflects the growing strength and development of ice hockey in Australia. We have a strong community and great product in Australia, particularly in the women’s game”.

Ice Hockey Australia has been tirelessly working to expand and promote the sport throughout the country, and this qualification is a significant milestone in the organisation’s journey. It showcases the progress made by the national governing body, the dedication of its players, and the opportunities available to young ice hockey enthusiasts across Australia.

As preparations continue for the Winter Youth Olympic Games, IHA will continue to provide the necessary support and resources to nurture the growth of ice hockey in the country. Most recently, 22 of the nation’s top 2008 and 2009 female born players embarked on the first selection and development camp in Adelaide. By embracing this unique opportunity, the Australian team aims to inspire a new generation of ice hockey players and raise awareness of the sport at the grassroots level. 

The 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games will not only offer a chance for Australian players to compete against the world’s best, but it will also serve as a platform to foster international goodwill and strengthen global ice hockey relations. This remarkable achievement will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the sport in Australia and inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams.

Ice Hockey Australia extends its sincere gratitude to the International Olympic Committee, the Australian Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation, and all the supporters and stakeholders who have played a significant role in the development and growth of ice hockey in Australia.

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