Latest News

2022 Ice Hockey Australia National Women’s Team

 

Ice Hockey Australia 
(Trading name of Ice Hockey Australia Limited)
ABN: 77 106 538 293 ACN: 629 477 890
Level 1, 105 Pearl River Road
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
T: +61 488 428 808
E: office@iha.org.au  W: www.iha.org.au

 

2022 Ice Hockey Australia National Women’s Team

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected for the National Women’s Team for 2022. The team will be representing Australia in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) World Championships 17 – 22 May in Zagreb, Croatia.

This National Women’s Team will be the first IHA international team to travel and compete and as we rebound from the pandemic, we know you will all be as excited as we are for this campaign.

Congratulations once again to all the players and we wish you all the very best for a successful tournament in Croatia.

Team

State

Rylie Ellis

VIC

Georgia Moore

VIC

Georgia Carson

VIC

Marnie Pullin

VIC

Shona Green

VIC

Kristelle Vanderwolf

VIC

Ashlie Aparicio

VIC

Stephenie Cochrane

VIC

Emily Davis-Tope

VIC

Michelle Clark-Crumpton

WA

Isla Malcolm

WA

Nikki Sharp

WA

Sara Sammons

WA

Molly Lukowiak

WA

Matilda Pethrick

 

Kate Tihema

SA

Jaimi Goonan

QLD

Courtney Mahoney

QLD

Lindsey Kiliwnik

QLD

Remi Harvey

NSW

Tina Girdler

NSW

Olivia Last

NSW

Reserves

State

Ebony Brunt

ACT

Eiland Kenyon

ACT

Anna Badoui

NSW

Chloe Walker

NSW

Tonii Larpent

WA

Kayla Best

VIC

Sasha King

WA

 

IIHF Logo

 

Ice Hockey Australia 
(Trading name of Ice Hockey Australia Limited)
ABN: 77 106 538 293 ACN: 629 477 890
Level 1, 105 Pearl River Road
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
T: +61 488 428 808
E: office@iha.org.au  W: www.iha.org.au

STATEMENT FROM THE ICE HOCKEY AUSTRALIA BOARD

The Ice Hockey Australia Board has been made aware of comments made on social media recently toward one of its Board members.

There is no place for abuse of any form in our game, whether it be at games, in meetings or on social media.

As an organisation and community, we must live up to our values, including:

  • The importance of acting with honesty and INTEGRITY at all times
  • Provide a positive ice hockey experience in a SAFE, sportsmanlike environment, and
  • Promote physical and mental HEALTH AND WELLBEING through ice hockey;

and it is up to us to call out anti-social behaviour when it occurs.

The organisation will continue to support all of its Directors, volunteers, players and officials and has reported the users and their comments to the relevant organisation.

Ice Hockey Australia will make no further statement or comment until a comprehensive investigation of the identified behaviours is complete.

IIHF Logo

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP: ICE HOCKEY AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) and the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF) are the national sporting organisations (NSO) of their respective countries and the associations responsible for the organization of International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned ice hockey in Australia and New Zealand.

IHA and the NZIHF have partnered together over many years to support each other’s national hockey associations and their sanctioned players, leagues, officials, events and their National Championship teams to showcase the talents of the top players at all divisions in both countries.

2022 will see IHA and the NZIHF come together like never before. The two national bodies have agreed to a Trans-Tasman All Star game at the conclusion of their respective IHA and NZIHL National League competitions this season. The event will bring two great hockey communities together after a tough COVID restricted 2 years that will bring international competition and fans back to our arenas.

“I’m delighted to be working so closely with Andy Mills, NZIHF President, to enhance our on and off-ice capabilities. Andy is a strong supporter of IHA as we are to the NZIHF; our collective desire is to see our two countries thrive as hockey nations, fostering increased growth and opportunities. In addition to the Trans-Tasman All-Star game, which will simply be spectacular for our players and our fans, we are partnering together with referee swaps, training camps and marketing. We believe that we have an opportunity to improve our players and our on and off-ice officials like never before, with a goal to see our nationally certified coaches and officials reach the IIHF international standards to represent their country at future world championship events. 2022 will be fantastic year and a start to an increased level of partnership and support for our two countries” stated Grove Bennett, President IHA.

“The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) and the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL) have been in operation for 20 and 15 years respectively (not including Covid restricted seasons). Both leagues are the premier senior men’s ice hockey leagues in their respective nations and share many synergies. They bring with it a significant fan base that contributes to the development and promotion of ice hockey at IHA and NZIHF. Working with Grove Bennett, President at IHA, has brought with it a significant opportunity to enhance our two countries global awareness through our collective appointments to IIHF committees with increased communication and development strategies” stated Andy Mills, President NZIHF.

IHA and NZIHF

Stay tuned for more!

IHA Elected Director Nominations

Recently, Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) announced that they would be accepting applications for three elected director positions. Applications have since closed for the positions and the directors will be elected at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to provide details for each of the applicants based on their submissions.

Mr Derek Bideshi

I am a passionate hockey player with 30+ years of experience, in both ice and inline, who would love to continue to contribute to the sport and help its growth in Australia. As a Director, I would bring my player experience as well as direct experience in finance, corporate governance, and risk management. I am a senior finance professional with public company experience who has worked on and with Boards for years. My roles cover finance, audit, and reporting, but also risk management, including experience in all five steps of the process. I work closely with the Board of Directors of my current employer and am comfortable with the requirements of governance. I will also be completing the Corporate Directors Course with the AICD in March 2022.

I also enjoy working as part of a larger team to advance the goals of an organisation that I feel strongly about. I am a collaborative team member who thrives on ideas and execution.

Mr Simon Holmes

Ice Hockey in Australia is confronted by many challenges ranging from geography, through incumbent knowledge to finance. Any future direction will not only require in depth understanding of the challenges within the Australian ice hockey landscape but a broader comprehension of the scope of opportunities from a professional business and sport perspective.

As a qualified professional possessing broad business assessment, analysis and reporting delivery experience I offer over 30 years of Accounting, Management and Marketing experience in addition to a similar time span as a team leader, coach and mentor within ice hockey. Through evaluation, development and implementation of a wide array of programs, policy and procedures that embody self-empowerment, personal responsibility and accountability, I have successfully contributed in many forms of decision-making systems and dynamics within Business and International Sport.

Mr Michael Juste

It is with pleasure that l submit my nomination for a Board Director’s position at Ice Hockey Australia. I am drawn to this nomination given my extensive experience and passion for technology, driving excellence and utilising technology as an enabler business growth. The opportunity to join this organisation and help shape their technology & Services journey is compelling.

Over the years, I have learned that executive position carries much more responsibilities than just being a leader of an organisation. It is about building relationships, communities within an organisation and empowering the teams to do their best work. My background and experience demonstrates my ability to do just that.

Ms Rachel Kogiopoulos

A qualified and experienced Business Services Manager and Board member with over 15 years’ management experience both in Australia and Internationally. Effectively combines strong technical, problem-solving and planning capabilities to deliver on duties quickly and efficiently. Having developed excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to communicate professionally, enjoys leading a successful and productive team.

Ms Gill McLean

In considering the role of director I believe I bring the following:

  • The ability to focus on the material issues and not sweat the small stuff
  • The ability to focus on the big picture and the future rather than looking back, other than to take on the learnings from the past
  • Ability to deal with the pressure from external sources, and being able to stay cool in the face of pressure and trusting my own capabilities when dealing with adversity
  • Ability to influence effectively and can articulate the key issues and provide critical insight on the issues at
  • Ability to respect alternative viewpoints as its critical to provide multiple perspectives on any key

I have a passion for Ice Hockey and what it brings to the players lives, the culture in the sport is one of inclusion and fosters a strong sense of belonging and team spirit.

I have a high level of integrity and a strong sense of what is right for the members and have extensive experience in governance, financial matters, and board experience.

I consider myself to be an ideal candidate for the IHA board.

Ms Jane Woodlands

A passionate people, program and project leader, Jane thrives on the fast pace and complex problem solving landscapes of high performance sport. A curious, diligent strategist, she is equally focused on attention to detail as the big picture vision and enjoys being integral in an organisations’ journey to thrive, and transitioning from good to great.

An ice hockey enthusiast, she has been involved as a parent/volunteer from beginner through to national programs, and hockey academies and leagues in Canada and the US.

Jane has served on committees and advisory groups for National Sporting Organisations in Netball, AFL and Squash in:

  • Coaching Development
  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • National Program Design
  • Innovations
  • Competitions and Rules
  • Integrity
  • Compliance
  • Reconciliation Action Plan

She is currently a member of Deakin University’s Master of Applied Science Advisory Board, and recently served on South Australian National Football League’s Commission.

Jane’s career spans from teacher, professional coach, author, consultancy business director and most recently leading and managing elite sports developments in AFLW and Super Netball. She is an experienced international presenter in high performance culture and leadership. Jane’s vision, drive and dedication to success reflect her personal values of excellence, integrity and authenticity.

Contacts

For questions about this, contact the IHA Office via office@iha.org.au

IIHF Marketing and IIHF Asia Oceania Committee Appointments

 

Ice Hockey Australia 
(Trading name of Ice Hockey Australia Limited)
ABN: 77 106 538 293 ACN: 629 477 890
Level 1, 105 Pearl River Road
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
T: +61 488 428 808
E: office@iha.org.au  W: www.iha.org.au

PRESS RELEASE: IIHF Marketing & IIHF Asia Oceania Committee Appointments

Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce that the IIHF has confirmed the nominations of Mr. Grove Bennett to the IIHF Marketing Committee and Ms. Shae Gañac to the IIHF Asia Oceania Committee. The term of the appointments is to 2026, respectively.

The IIHF has recently undergone a change in leadership with the election of Mr. Luc Tardif as the newly elected IIHF President. The Asia Oceania Committee is chaired by IIHF Vice President Mr. Aivaz Omorkanov. Whereas the work in any IIHF committees must be neutral and contribute to the further development of Ice Hockey globally, IHA will be actively involved and work with many countries together.

“It is very important that we work in the Asia and Oceania region closely together and such cooperations will then benefit everyone. One of the main purposes of our work in the Asia and Oceania region as well as globally is that we want to raise the level of participation, reach out to new/untapped markets, and make Ice Hockey everywhere stronger. The IIHF and me personally are looking forward to our cooperation with Grove Bennett, Shae Gañac and IHA overall, and the expertise they bring into our committees to reach these goals” said IIHF Vice-President for the Asia and Oceania region Mr. Aivaz Omorkanov.

“The opportunity to serve on an IIHF committee as an expert is exceptional not only for IHA but the Asia Oceania region. To be involved with the new direction that is being set by Luc Tardif and Aivaz Omorkanov will further enhance IHA’s and the Asia Oceania Region’s position on the global stage. I would like to congratulate Shae on her appointment to the Asia Oceania Committee and know that she will do an amazing job representing our region and IHA with passion and pride at every turn. I look forward to working with the IIHF closer, in particular Aivaz, and assisting in the forward movement and development of our great game and thank them for their trust and confidence.” Stated Mr Grove Bennett, President IHA

The IHA Board of Directors and the IHA community wish to congratulate Grove and Shae on their appointments.

Ice Hockey Australia
Grove Bennett
President / Director

IIHF Logo