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News from the IHA Board – May 2021

The Board of Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to bring you our monthly update, sharing the latest news, updates, initiatives the Board has been working on, and anything exciting on the horizon.

New team members joining Ice Hockey Australia

We are pleased to welcome Tarah Rocha as the IHA’s new Executive Officer. Tarah has replaced Jackie Scott in the role, who was previously in the position for two years. We wish Jackie all the best in her next endeavours. Read the full announcement.

We welcomed five marketing and communications professionals to assist with IHA’s marketing, communications, and promotions. Read the full announcement.

  • Roles we are hiring for:

We are currently recruiting an experienced professional to fill the National Para Ice Hockey Development Director position, with applications closing 10 May 2021. View job description.

Board, Portfolio Director and Member meetings:

  • The Board has met ten times in 2021, which indicates how dynamic the Australian sporting landscape has been in this pandemic.

    All meetings have been online using Microsoft Teams, the Board has embraced this technology, as has the majority of Australian businesses and organisations. Adopting this technology has been very time effective and is resulting in cost savings.

    In addition to board meetings with we conducted meetings with Portfolio Directors and Member Association Presidents.

2021 Annual General Assembly Meeting:

  • IHA held the Annual General Assembly Meeting on Saturday 1 May 2021, which the majority of Member Associations and IHA Portfolio Directors attended. This was an opportunity for each Member Association to update how hockey is recovering in their state and present ideas on what we can all work on nationally and across all Member Associations to improve the sport.

    The General Assembly was for the first time virtual with 22 attendees. Previously the General Assembly would require attendees to fly in from around Australia and take up a whole weekend. The Board initiated this first virtual General Assembly, which was very successful by all accounts and significantly lower cost than previous General Assemblies.

    On a positive note, it was great to hear that hockey is up and going in all Australian State and Territories, which is a fantastic effort by all our Member Associations in a very challenging environment.

Update on National & World Championships:

Following the General Assembly, IHA made the difficult decision to postpone all 2021 National Championships and development programs until further notice. IHA maintains a watching brief on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to work with all Member Associations to host these again in the near future. Read the full announcement.

On 30 April 2021, the IHA Board formally submitted entry forms for the IIHF 2022 Championships Program for the World Men, World Women, World Men’s U20, World Men’s U18 and World Women’s U18 national teams. IHA will continue to monitor the global landscape concerning COVID-19 and maintain close communication with IIHF over the coming months before finalisation of any travel plans.

Key milestones and achievements:

  • Some key milestones achieved by the Board this year include:

    Renewal of IHA’s status as a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) with Sport Australia for the 2nd year as IHA continues its journey implementing the constitution and governance framework, which means that IHA can continue to apply for federal government grant funds as available.

    Para Hockey, or as it is also widely known as Sledge Hockey, was officially welcomed into IHA. In the next few months, IHA will appoint a Portfolio Director to manage para hockey reporting to the Board.  In April, para hockey announced that they successfully applied for $340,000 in grant funding. The Board is excited to have Para as part of IHA.

    National Redress Scheme – IHA has committed its intent and support of this ground-breaking and very important national scheme.

    In the next edition, we will provide an update on IHA’s calendar of events for 2021 and some of the exciting programs being developed by our team of fantastic portfolio directors.

  • We value your feedback

    We value your feedback, so please write to us here if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

    Thank you for taking the time to read the board update.

 – Ice Hockey Australia Board



Announcement Regarding 2021 National Championships

Over the past 4 months, Ice Hockey Australia has had a number of meetings with State Presidents to discuss the ability of conducting our National Championship Program in 2021, and we continue to be hopeful that all championships will be able to occur.

However, as the situation regarding safety and travel, and potential lockdowns is constantly changing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to assess the risks to our members and our sport.

Following a recent discussion at the IHA General Assembly on 1 May 2021, IHA has decided to postpone all 2021 National Championships and development programs until the situation becomes clearer, with a view of running them towards the end of the year.

The decision regarding these events was made in consultation with our Member Associations and Portfolio Directors and in consideration of the information available from public health officials and government agencies.


Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact your State Association for further information.

Download the announcement

Level-Up Episode 6: Featuring Nathan Walker


In this episode, we chat with Nathan Walker about his epic hockey journey, including growing up in Australia, playing professionally in the Czech Republic at the age of 16, being the first Aussie drafted to the NHL and winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals. Nathan also shares some valuable training tips and how he earned the nickname ‘Stormy’. 

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Level-Up Episode 5: Featuring Greg Oddy, Lliam Webster and Mark Rummukainen

Revisit Australia’s 2011 IIHF World Championship gold medal win in Melbourne with Greg Oddy, Lliam Webster and Mark Rummukainen as they share their highlights from the tournament, experiences from past world championships and memories from their remarkable Australian hockey careers. 

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EOI – National Para Ice Hockey Development Director

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Following the exciting announcement of Australian Para Ice Hockey joining Ice Hockey Australia, IHA is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for the following volunteer position:

National Para Ice Hockey Development Director

Please see position description here: EOI – National Para Ice Hockey Development Director

All applications are to be emailed to the Executive Officer at Ice Hockey Australia no later than 5pm Monday 10th May 2021.

About Ice Hockey Australia

Ice hockey Australia is a not-for-profit community-based organisation with a mission to lead, develop and promote the sport of ice hockey in Australia. IHA is governed and managed by a volunteer Board and various portfolio directors. We are very fortunate to have many good people volunteering because they love this sport. We value all our volunteers, their generosity, skills, and expertise that they provide to grow our sport.