Ice Hockey Australia is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking change to the National Championship structure, marking an exciting evolution for the sport in the country. The highly anticipated 2024 National Championships will take place from July 13 to July 21 at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Newcastle, promising an unforgettable showcase of talent and competition.
This year’s National Championships will see a dynamic shift, consolidating several categories into a combined event. The Championships will feature the prestigious Steph Boxall Women’s, Sydney Tange U18, Kurt Defris U15, and Phillip Ginsberg U13 divisions, creating an immersive and comprehensive celebration of Australian ice hockey.
The decision to amalgamate these categories reflects Ice Hockey Australia’s commitment to fostering inclusivity, encouraging the development of players at all levels, and providing a platform for the nation’s best to compete on the same stage. This innovative approach is expected to elevate the overall excitement and intensity of the tournament, offering fans a unique opportunity to witness the diverse skills and strategies across different age groups.
“We are thrilled to introduce this new structure for the 2024 National Championships. By combining various divisions into one spectacular event, we aim to showcase the depth and breadth of talent within our ice hockey community. This format not only promotes inclusivity but also presents a fantastic opportunity for players of all ages to learn from one another,” said Adam Woolnough, General Manager of Ice Hockey Australia.
The Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, located in a vibrant sporting and ice hockey community, will serve as the ideal backdrop for this historic event. Known for its passionate fan base, the atmosphere will undoubtedly add an extra layer of excitement to the National Championships.
Mark your calendars for July 13-21, 2024, as Ice Hockey Australia invites you to witness a new era in Australian ice hockey at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. This promises to be an unforgettable experience that will captivate fans, inspire players, and leave a lasting impact on the future of the sport.