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Total investment 2015-16: $6,576,800 (high performance: $5,840,000; participation $661,800; other $75,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 66% 

Hockey Australia’s high performance program is rated as on track for the women’s program and performing for the men’s program. The centralised training environment in Perth is considered world’s best and gives men’s and women’s squads a considerable competitive advantage. Players receive specialist skill development in goalkeeping, drag flicking, penalty corner attack and defence. The sport has a strong SIS/ SAS network and believes a stronger alignment to the national program is paramount to continued success.

Transition within the men’s high performance program has been extensive over the past 12 months with several new appointments including head coach, high performance director and national assistant coaches. Having qualified for the Rio Olympic Games at the WSL semi-finals, further athlete development is possible at the Oceania and WSL finals competitions. A focus on building squad depth may lead to inconsistent performances during this phase but should expose younger talent to a greater competitive training environment in the lead-up to the Olympics.

The women’s high performance program continues to build on the progress made after a successful 2014. A settled, experienced coaching group is making significant contributions to the program with athletes challenged to create self-driven development environments. With Rio Olympic qualification achieved at the WSL semi-finals, younger squad members will be able to gain more experience and put further pressure on the more experienced athletes in the squad. Results were a little inconsistent in 2015 compared to 2014 but this can be attributed to exploring playing styles and trialling younger athletes.

Challenges for the national program include creating quality international competition opportunities, especially against the top European teams including Netherlands, Germany and England which are essential for Rio preparations.

Hockey Australia engaged extensively with partners and stakeholders during August and September, including a face-to-face high-performance forum. Key forum outcomes will form the basis for the next level of engagement and post-Rio planning. Other discussions covered the continuation of the centralised senior training environment, creating a more-aligned national network and pathway post-Rio and ensuring the Australian Hockey League plays a greater role as the ‘flagship’ competition of Hockey Australia.

Governance

Hockey Australia continued to actively pursue governance reform in 2015 and performed in line with most of the MSGP. The sport has completed a board evaluation, implemented a successful nominations committee process, and conducted a board skills matrix. Hockey Australia is still failing to meet MSGP regarding the disclosure of executive salaries and associated expenses.

2015 benchmark event // world league semi-finals round 3 (men)

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

2015 benchmark event // world league semi-finals round 3 (women)

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold0 silver 0 bronze 1 total 1

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: 1

 

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games (women)

Medal target: 0-1

Non-medal target: place 4th-8th

 

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