Happy New Year to you all.
I hope that you have all had a great Christmas and an enjoyable new year.
2018 promises to be an exciting and challenging year for us all in Underwater Hockey New Zealand with lots to look forward to.
We have a full year of tournaments and on the international front we have our Men's and Women's teams going to the World Championships in Quebec in July and the Trans Tasman's will be held in Rotorua in October.
There are a number of announcements coming in regards to new initiatives so keep an eye out for these over the next couple of weeks. The first one is about development of Masters Hockey - see the story below.
UWHNZ - Player Council - NEW
At the December Executive meeting it was decided to implement an “UWHNZ Player Council” to assist the executive with issues that we face in running the sport where it is appropriate to have the input of the players / members in making these decisions.
The three key reasons for the establishment of the player Council are to:
Further details on how this works can be found in the attached document - UWHNZ Player Council Notice.pdf
With the Player Council in place we are now like the following issues to be considered:
We are seeking nominations from your club members to be part of the Player Council to provide player input into the above issues.
Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Whilst these issues are all important number i is the most pressing and accordingly we would like nominations for this issue by 1 March 2018 and the others by 5 March 2018.
We look forward to your support in this initiative and that there will be nominations from your club.
UWHNZ Appoints new Coaches and Managers - New
The UWHNZ Executive is please to announce the appointment of the following Coaches and Managers for our New Zealand representative teams:
Age Group Teams
We are currently working with the coaches to appoint Managers for the U19 teams and the U23 Women’s team and assistant coach for the U19 Women's team.
These are two year appointments (subject to review) and will cover the two year campaign leading up to and including the 5th Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships which are to be held in Sheffield in August 2019
Women’s Elite Team
We congratulate all the Coaches and Managers on their appointment and wish them well with their respective campaigns
2018 AGM - UPDATED
The 2018 AGM for UWHNZ will be held as follows:
When: 10 am Saturday 7 April 2018
Where The Totara Room
Meeting notices and associated documentation have been sent to clubs and are now available on the UWHNZ website - see Admin page.
In 2017 Nicole Baker, our Masters Development Officer, has done some great work on the development of the Masters hockey in New Zealand and we are looking to build on this work done with further strategic initiatives.
NZ Masters Teams to Worlds
Considerable interest has been raised in having NZ Masters teams compete again at World Championships. Whilst we were close in getting sufficient numbers for a men’s team to go to Quebec this year it would now appear that this is unlikely with entries closing mid-February.
Our focus now moves to the 2020 World Championships, which are likely to be held closer to New Zealand than Quebec, where we are aiming to have both Men’s and Women’s Masters teams attend.
This gives us over two years to plan and build up our Masters teams programme to support these teams and as part of this there are two strategic Masters activities that we are committed to1. Masters Four a-side tournament
This has been run successfully in Rotorua for the last two years and UWHNZ is committed to supporting this event to:
We are just finalising the pool booking and dates and these will be confirmed shortly for a mid August event.
2. Masters at Regionals
Over the past few years whilst we have offered the Masters grade at regionals tournament there has been insufficient entries for a separate grade thus meaning that Masters players are being deprived from playing at this important tournament. In order to provide Master’s players the opportunity to play at this tournament we will be offering Masters players that do not make their regional team the opportunity to play in an “Invitation Masters” Men’s or Women’s team and compete in the Men’s or Women’s grade respectively.
This will provide our Masters players with the opportunity to play high quality hockey with players of the similar skill and interests whilst also developing these players with the aim of growing the pool of available players for the 2020 World Championships.
In doing this it is important that we do not impact the rest of the tournament so the following rules will apply:
Entry forms for this years Regionals will be issued shortly