Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). This exciting partnership will initially support Australian National Teams, before identifying important and critical areas for the game locally.
In collaboration with the ASF, Ice Hockey Australia is aiming to ease the cost burden on players and families to compete on an international stage. Annually, IHA sends five teams across different age groups and genders, including U18 men and women, U20 men, and senior men and women teams. Australian teams perform well on the international stage, with the U20 men winning gold in Division III, and U18 women claiming gold in Division II to be promoted to Division I in 2024. Moving forward, areas to identify include grassroots, national championships, and equipment, to support the anticipated growth generated by a larger participation base.
“We’re delighted to partner with Ice Hockey Australia to help raise much needed funds to support their Under 18s women and Under 20s men’s sides to compete at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2024”- Ben Durance, Sports Fundraising Manager, Australian Sports Foundation.
“Ice hockey is a sleeping giant of Australian sports. We saw in the recent NHL Global Series in September in Melbourne, the attention the two-game series attracted was huge. The excitement from the NHL has increased our enquires and with this we expect an increase to participation numbers”. Adam Woolnough, General Manager, Ice Hockey Australia said. “We are delighted to partner with ASF to bring their 30 years of expertise to the table to support and enable our national teams travel internationally, before working on other key projects”.
To support the U18 Women and U20 Men ‘World Championship’ campaigns in January 2024, please see links to relevant donation pages.
For more information on the Australian Sports Foundation, please visit Australian Sports Foundation | Australian Sports Foundation (asf.org.au)