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IHA Update – 2023 AGM

IHA Update – The 2023 AGM


Ice Hockey Australia Held its AGM on July 22nd 2023. IHA is a company by limited guarantee, and the AGM is attended by the Member Associations (IHACT, IHNSW, IHQ, IHSA, IHV, IHWA, OiHAN, and the AIHL) with life members also invited to attend. 


At the 2023 AGM, which was held virtually via Teams, IHA GM provided a written report to the MAs and IHA President, Ryan O’Handley addressed the MAs on the past season which was unprecedented as it saw a relaunch of state and national competitions and programs after the COVID pandemic.


An audited financial report was also provided to the MAs. The IHA financial year runs from March 1st– February 28th and in the last financial year (ending February 28th, 2023) IHA reported an operational loss of $373,077.  However, this loss was offset by an operating surplus of $509,595 in the financial year ending February 28, 2022.


The operational loss for last season was expected as significant investment has been made to restart our national programs and absorb higher than normal operating costs as the sport emerged from the COVID 19 pandemic.  National team costs, for example, were significantly elevated last season.  In a normal season, IHA sends 5 teams to the IIHF world championships, typically between January and April (Men, Women, U20 Men, U18 Men and U18 Women).  However, as the sport restarted globally, the IIHF rescheduled several tournaments, which resulted in IHA sending 8 teams during the season, with the Women, U18 Women and U20 Men each participating twice. Funding for each of the national teams consists of a travel grant from the IIHF, a grant from IHA, and a financial contribution from the players. Travel costs for the national teams were significantly elevated in 2022 and therefore IHA increased financial support for teams so that player payments could be capped at a reasonable level. While this increased support for national teams contributed significantly to the operating loss last season, it was covered by the operating surplus in 2021 where no national teams participated in world championships. IHA is also extremely proud of all of our national teams who participated in championships around the world as it clearly indicates the growth in our sport in Australia.


The sport has also seen a substantial increase in insurance premiums. As the National Sporting Organisation for Ice Hockey, IHA provides individual members with insurance as part of their registration fees.  Despite having lodged relatively few insurance claims during the pandemic, our insurance premium increased by 33% in the last financial year.  IHA elected to cover these increased costs from the 2021 surplus rather than pass them on to individual members.  In addition to this, IHA increased support for national championships, national leagues (AWIHL and AJIHL) and the national development camps.  This increased investment was required to restart these programs and keep them affordable for participants in the face of increased costs post COVID. Providing support and investment for our leagues and championships is an important step forward for the sport in Australia and one IHA is committed to going forward.


As the operating loss from last season was covered by the operating surplus in 2021, IHA remains in a strong financial position.  Operational costs, especially for national teams, have normalised this season and we anticipate a return close to a pre-covid budget.


The AGM also included the election of directors and there were 2 vacancies due to the retirement of Shae Gañac from the IHA board.  Shae did a tremendous job serving on the IHA board for the past couple of years and we thank her for her efforts on behalf of the entire ice hockey community.  Shae is also on the IIHF Asia Oceania Committee and will still have an active role in the sport at the international level.  At the AGM, Kathy Rogers was re-elected to the board, and we welcome Karla Quinn, who was elected to oversee the Marketing and Communications portfolio left vacant with Shae’s retirement.  It should be noted that Suzanne Garas was appointed to the board a few weeks prior to the AGM and we wish to welcome her into the role of managing Leagues and Tournaments.  IHA now has the full complement of board members (6 elected and 3 appointed) as per the constitution and we look forward to working on behalf of our Member Associations and individual members to grow, develop and promote the sport of Ice Hockey.  In addition to electing directors, the MAs were required to vote on changes to the constitution proposed by the Members.  These changes were adopted, and the constitution will be updated as per these amendments.


Overall, it was a very good AGM we thank everyone who dialled in. We would also like to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers across the country who have spent a tremendous amount of time and effort to restart our sport.  Please note, The GM and President reports, the audited financial statements, and the updated constitution will be available shortly on the IHA website.



2023-2024 IIHF Licenses

The following officials have been allocated an IIHF License for the 2023/2024 season. The dedication and commitment they show to their development, training, and skill refinement has earned them this accolade.

Referee Linesperson
Nicholas Air NSW Russell Dow VIC
David Gal SA Jake O’Brien SA
Robert Love VIC Luke Power ACT
Fraser Ohlson WA Haydan Rogers NSW
Mark Peruzzo NSW Marco Tomasello NSW
Casper Russelhuber VIC Hamish Young VIC


Referee Linesperson
Gabrielle Aston NSW Bethany Bowshall SA
Ainslie Gardner QLD Sarah Kinninment QLD
Davida Paul NSW Isabella Russell VIC
Cien Pereira VIC    

World Women U18 National Team – Expression of Interest

Ice Hockey Australia is calling for nominations for the World Women U18 team to represent Australia at the IIHF Division I, Group B, World Championships held in Jaca, Spain, 8th – 14th January 2024.

We are looking for players who have continued to develop high-performance skills, gameplay, fitness and attitude, and who believe that they are ready to perform at the international level of competition.

All eligible players with the ability, drive, and commitment to represent Australia at the highest level are encouraged to apply.

Tournament Details:

31st December 2023: Depart Australia 

31st – 7th January 2024: Training Camp (TBC)

8th – 14th January 2024: IIHF Division I Group B World Championship

15th January 2024: Depart Barcelona, Spain

16th January 2024: Arrive in Australia

Essential IHA Selection Criteria:

-Must be a registered IHA Member (or willingness to obtain)

-Must have a valid Australian passport with 6 months validity at time of tournament


-Selected players must commit to all pre-departure fitness, skill and conditioning programs as set by the coaching and performance staff

-All players must be fully compliant with requested reporting, paperwork, team meetings and any other off-ice performance requirements as requested or set by the Coach, Medical Staff, Team Manager or IHA.


-Tournament costs are to be determined. 


Selection of this team will be via the below link, and be assessed by a panel consisting of, but not limited to, the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and an additional IHA High Performance accredited coach.


Please apply by answering the questions in the link below

We look forward to receiving your application by COB 16th August 2023

Australia Qualifies for Winter Youth Olympic Games

Ice Hockey Australia Celebrates Historic Qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games in South Korea.

Ice Hockey Australia is thrilled to announce its unprecedented qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in South Korea. This groundbreaking achievement marks the first time ever that Australia has earned a place in the prestigious international Olympic event. Australia will compete in the modified 3 on 3 (girls) for 2008 and 2009 born players.

The qualification was secured through the combined efforts of the U18 Men’s and Women’s teams at World Championships in 2023, whose remarkable performances led to an exceptional “Combined Youth Ranking” recognised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). This achievement is a testament to the unwavering commitment, talent, and dedication of Australia’s young ice hockey players.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games, organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), provide a global stage for talented young athletes to showcase their skills, inspire future generations, and foster international camaraderie. The upcoming 2024 edition, set to take place in South Korea, promises to be a pinnacle moment for ice hockey as a sport in Australia.

“We are incredibly proud of our U18 Men’s and Women’s teams for their outstanding achievement in securing Australia’s qualification for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games,” said Adam Woolnough, General Manager of Ice Hockey Australia. “This historic milestone is a testament to the hard work, resilience, and passion of our athletes, coaches, and support staff. It also reflects the growing strength and development of ice hockey in Australia. We have a strong community and great product in Australia, particularly in the women’s game”.

Ice Hockey Australia has been tirelessly working to expand and promote the sport throughout the country, and this qualification is a significant milestone in the organisation’s journey. It showcases the progress made by the national governing body, the dedication of its players, and the opportunities available to young ice hockey enthusiasts across Australia.

As preparations continue for the Winter Youth Olympic Games, IHA will continue to provide the necessary support and resources to nurture the growth of ice hockey in the country. Most recently, 22 of the nation’s top 2008 and 2009 female born players embarked on the first selection and development camp in Adelaide. By embracing this unique opportunity, the Australian team aims to inspire a new generation of ice hockey players and raise awareness of the sport at the grassroots level. 

The 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games will not only offer a chance for Australian players to compete against the world’s best, but it will also serve as a platform to foster international goodwill and strengthen global ice hockey relations. This remarkable achievement will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the sport in Australia and inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams.

Ice Hockey Australia extends its sincere gratitude to the International Olympic Committee, the Australian Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation, and all the supporters and stakeholders who have played a significant role in the development and growth of ice hockey in Australia.

For more information, please contact: 


National Coaching Appointments

Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the national coaching appointments for Senior Women, U18 Women, and S&C advertised roles. IHA received significant interest from high calibre Australian and international coaches, and we are thrilled to have secured the best talent to support our national teams for the next two years at International Ice Hockey Federation ‘World Championships’.

  • Marcus Wong (Vic) – National Senior Women’s Team (2 years)
  • Remi Harvey (NSW) – U18 Women’s Team (2 years)
  • Josh Secomb – (NSW) – Strength and Conditioning (1 year)

IHA is also pleased to extend the roles for the National Senior Men’s Team and U18 Men’s Team Head Coaches.

  • Matti Luoma (WA) – National Men’s Senior Team (1 year)
  • David Ferrari (NSW) – U18 Men’s Team (1 year)


“I am absolutely honoured to be accepting this role. The U18 Women’s program holds a special place in my heart and has already given me so much as both a player and coach. I look forward to continuing to build and work with talented players and staff” – Remi Harvey


Note – The S&C role is through the generous support of the Australian Olympic Committee. The role will support U18 Men and Women, and U20 Men for a 12-month period of support.