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Level-Up Episode 10: Featuring Christina Julien

 

In this episode, we chat to Christina Julien from the Melbourne Ice about her incredible sporting journey and achievements. Christina grew up playing hockey and soccer and represented Canada in soccer at the 2012 London Olympics, 2011 FIFA World Cup, 2011 Pan American Games and has played professionally in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Russia and Germany. After winding down her professional soccer career, Christina moved to Australia and now plays for the Melbourne Ice in the AWIHL. Christina has also completed a Masters in Science, Sports Technology.

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News from the IHA Board – July 2021


Contents:

1. Board message
2. World Para Ice Hockey Meeting
3. Women Leaders in Sport
4. Upcoming roles at IHA
5. IHA Annual General Meeting
6. Provide feedback


Dear members,

On 10 June 2021, IHA hosted a President’s telecon where each Member Association (MA) provided an update on hockey in their State/Territory. The pandemic is providing many challenges to each MA, however, it was pleasing to hear the enthusiasm throughout Australia to continue “pivoting”, aspiring to provide as many hockey opportunities to all our individual members.

The Board would like to acknowledge and thank all the volunteers in every MA who are tirelessly working in the background during these challenging times.

Ice Hockey Australia Board

2. World Para Ice Hockey Meeting

Bill Siegloff, Interim Para Director at IHA attended the World Para Meeting online on 21-22 June 2021. Tim Mathews was in attendance to represent Paralympics Australia. The meeting covered new governance proposals for Para Ice Hockey.

There were proposed rule changes with the Pool Structures. Currently, there are 16 registered nations competing in Para Ice Hockey. A Pool consists of the top 8 teams, B Pool is the next 6 teams and C Pool is the remaining 2 teams. When B Pool is played the lowest ranking team is delegated to C Pool until the C Pool World Championships where the winner of C Pool advances into B Pool. One proposal is to combine B and C. The new B Pool would be split into 2 different sub Pools and compete against more teams at the same event as the higher placed teams. This would help the emerging nations to improve their games and learn from the higher-ranked nations. Currently, a C Pool World Championships only consists of 3 games and it seems unreasonable to send an international team to play in 2 games. More rule changes were discussed including increasing games from 15 minute periods to 20 minute periods and increasing the number of players on each team.

World Para Ice Hockey are encouraging more females players. We want to support higher-level females represent Australia in the National Open team. Females are allowed to compete in the World Championships, if a team selects a female they are allocated an extra position on the team roster. This is a great idea as it helps boost the player bench and encourage females into the sport. WPIH are working on a women’s international showcase and at this stage, there are only 3 nations that have expressed representation. The plan in the long term is to have a women’s division of Para Ice Hockey represented at the Paralympics, the consensus is there are not enough female programs currently to present a case to include the division in the 2030 Paralympics.

The proposed rule changes will be forwarded to nations to be voted on later in 2021.

3. Women Leaders in Sport

Tarah Rocha, Executive Officer at IHA was successful with her application to Sport Australia for the Women Leaders in Sport Grant 2021. The grant awarded Tarah a place on the Strategic Leadership course in Brisbane at the Australian Institute of Management. Tarah successfully completed the course and is now part of an online forum and series of workshops over 6 weeks with Sport Australia. The workshops include topics on leadership, building teams, leading self, leading culture, and professional development.

Tarah comments, “I am honoured to have received the Women Leaders In Sport Grant through Sport Australia. It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect and learn with women from all sectors of Sport in Australia. The course I attended in Brisbane on Strategic Leadership helped me to understand an array of leadership concepts whilst learning with other thought leaders in sport, business and government roles. The program includes mentoring and training by inspiring facilitators. Sport Australia have done a fantastic job with this initiative, and I encourage anyone interested in the program to apply for the next round.”

For more information on Women Leaders in Sport click on the link below:

https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/women_leaders_in_sport

4. Upcoming roles at IHA

  • As you are all aware, IHA operates through the combined efforts of many volunteers. As we continue the journey of implementing the new Constitution and striving to deliver the IHA Strategic Plan, additional roles are identified.

    Therefore, over the next few weeks, expressions of interest for the following roles will be advertised and we encourage any member with expertise in these areas and a passion to contribute to developing hockey in Australia to apply:

    1. National Championships Portfolio Director
    2. National Officiating Scheduling Manager
    3. Technical Officiating Analyst
    4. Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) Portfolio Director

5. IHA Annual General Meeting

The IHA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday 24 July 2021. At the AGM, IHA will present the 2021 Annual Report, Financial Statements and the Independent Auditor’s Report. In the next Hockey Hub newsletter, we will provide an overview of the AGM and the reports tabled.

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Level-Up Episode 9: Featuring Ben Bowns and Euan King from Team Great Britain

 

In this episode, we chat with current Team Britain goalie Ben Bowns and the Head of Goaltending for English Ice Hockey Association and Team GB, Euan King. Ben and Euan share their development journey through the English ice hockey system, playing professionally in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and memories from the recent IIHF world championships in Riga, Latvia, playing against teams like Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Highlights of Great Britain at the 2021 IIHF world championships

Great Britain vs. Russia

Great Britain vs. Sweden 

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News from the IHA Board – June 2021


Contents:

1. Board message
2. IIHF Annual Congress
3. IIHF World Championships update
4. Australian National Team Coaching Staff Extensions
5. 2021 Goalie Coaching Symposium (7 & 8 August 2021)
6. AGM announcement
7. Provide feedback


Dear members,

Despite the continued temporary border closures and travel constraints due to the pandemic, it is great to hear that the Australian hockey community is up and back playing the sport albeit with some changes. IHA was also pleased to hear about hockey gaining increased popularity in a couple of our affiliate members, Tasmania and the Australian Defence Force, as well as the Northern Territory. Fantastic work by all our volunteers not only through our member associations but also our affiliates and up and coming territories.

In late May IHA announced that Ms Gill McLean was stepping down from her role as IHA’s Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) Commissioner. True to Gill’s unwavering support for Australian ice hockey she offered to assist in a transition role. Gill has been a fabulous promoter and servant to the development of the AJIHL since taking on the role some three years ago. She will be sadly missed, and we wish her all the best in her future.

The IHA Board has been busy during May, meeting five times, and meeting with the IIHF with regards to the 2022 World Championships (see below). We trust you will enjoy the update on our national teams and world championships below, and in next month’s Hockey Hub we will focus more on some of the great work being done domestically and at the state/club level.

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

 – Ice Hockey Australia Board

2. IIHF Annual Congress

The IIHF recently held its Annual Congress meetings in Latvia, Riga which took place in conjunction with the IIHF Men’s World Championships.

Although the Congress was held in person, Vice President Jimmy Dufour was able to attend virtually to represent IHA. During the Congress, a new unified rulebook was passed which will be distributed shortly with implantation steps already in motion. In addition, the IIHF announced that it intends to hold its World Championships at all levels.

IHA is excited at the prospect of again having our teams compete on the international stage and hope that will be possible notwithstanding the current pandemic and impacts on travel.

3. IIHF World Championships

At the recent IIHF Annual Congress (see above) all 2022 IIHF World Championships were awarded and the great news is that the intention is that they will all take place as planned. After the disappointment of some world championships being cancelled in 2020 and all world championships being cancelled in 2021, I am sure all Australian hockey fans join the IHA Board and wish our Australian team representatives good fortune over the coming months so that the 2022 championships stay on track.

Men’s U20 Division 3 Group A: Queretaro, Mexico from 9/01/2022 – 16/01/2022

Group A

Group B

Israel

Bulgaria

Australia

New Zealand

Turkey

Chinese Taipei

Mexico

South Africa

Host: MEXICO, Queretaro:
09.01.2022 – 16.01.2022

Women’s U18 Division 2 Group A: Dumfries, Great Britain from 25/01/2022 – 28/01/2022

Group A

Group B

Great Britain

Kazakhstan

Netherlands

Turkey

Australia

Mexico

Spain

New Zealand

Latvia

Host: GREAT BRITAIN, Dumfries:
25.01.2022 – 28.01.2022

Host: TURKEY, Kocaeli:
22.01.2022 – 27.01.2022

Please note that this is not yet confirmed given Covid-19 restrictions in Great Britain, and is set to be determined during the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress on 22-25 September 2021.

Women’s Division 2 Group B: Croatia from 6/03/2022 – 12/03/2022 (city to be confirmed)

Group A

Group B

Latvia

Australia

Great Britain

Iceland

Spain

New Zealand

Mexico

Turkey

DPR Korea

Croatia

Chinese Taipei

South Africa

Host: SPAIN, Jaca:
02.04.2022 – 08.04.2022

Host: CROATIA, TBD:
06.03.2022 – 12.03.2022

Men’s U18 Division 2 Group B: Sofia, Bulgaria from 21/03/2022 – 27/03/2022

Group A

Group B

Great Britain

Spain

Lithuania

China

Estonia

Netherlands

Romania

Croatia

Korea

Australia

Serbia

Bulgaria

Host: ESTONIA, Tallinn:
03.04.2022 – 09.04.2022

Host: BULGARIA, Sofia:
21.03.2022 – 27.03.2022

Men’s Division 2 Group A: Croatia from 24/04/2022 – 30/04/2022 (city to be confirmed)

Group A

Group B

Netherlands

Belgium

Croatia

Iceland

Australia

New Zealand

Spain

Georgia

China

Mexico

Israel

Bulgaria

Host: CROATIA, tba:
24.04.2022 – 30.04.2022

Host: ICELAND, Reykjavik:
18.04.2022 – 24.04.2022

Given the risk and uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions continue to create, IHA will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the coaching staff and management of each team to work towards our ability to attend and compete.

4. Australian National Team Coaching Staff Extensions

  • Following the IIHF’s announcement at the Annual Congress that the 2022 World Championships are to be held, IHA is pleased to confirm the extensions of the following coaching staff:
  •  
  • – National Women’s Team – Stuart Philps (Head Coach) & Paul Graham (Assistant Coach)
  • – National Senior Men’s Team – Matti Luoma (Head Coach) & Mick Flaherty (Assistant Coach)
  • – National Junior U20’s Team – Dave Ruck (Head Coach) & Jason Kvisle (Assistant Coach)
  • – National U18’s Women’s Team – Tamra Jones (Head Coach) & Remi Harvey (Assistant  Coach)National Youth U18’s Team – Dave Ferrari (Head Coach), Marc Villancourt (Assistant Coach) & Dave Costa (Assistant Coach)

IHA congratulates all the above coaches and thanks them for their continued efforts.

5. 2021 Goalie Coaching Symposium (7 & 8 August 2021)

IHA is pleased to announce that the 2021 IHA Goalie Coaching Symposium will be held online and in the first week of August 2021. Sera Dogramaci, IHA’s Goaltending Development Manager, says that the purpose of the symposium is “to provide our hockey community an opportunity to holistically develop goaltending knowledge and learn from experts”.

As with many events during this pandemic, the symposium will be held for the first time virtually and limited to coaches with a minimum Level 1 IHA Coaching Accreditation (or equivalent) to keep content specific and relevant. The on-ice high-performance component originally planned as part of the symposium will be postponed to 2022.

IHA acknowledges the great initiative put forward by Sera and encourages members to put forward virtual development ideas through their Member Association or direct to IHA for consideration.

6. AGM announcement

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Ice Hockey Australia Ltd (IHA) will be held virtually on 24 July 2021 at 10 am AEST. The agenda for the AGM includes the presentation of the 2021 Annual Report including financial statements and an independent auditor’s report, as well as the announcement of awards. Following the AGM an announcement to all members will be provided in the subsequent Hockey Hub monthly newsletter.

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