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Total investment 2016-17: $6,287,000 (high performance: $5,548,000; participation $650,000; other $89,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 60% 

2016 was a disappointing year for both men’s and women’s hockey. A combination of on and off-field issues negatively affected performance outcomes. A Post-Rio Olympic review identified key strategic items which need to be addressed and which are now being implemented. Key areas include leadership, coaching and the athlete cohort, and have already resulted in significant changes.

Long-term development of the athlete cohort is to be revisited to ensure there is a sufficient critical mass of senior players (aged 20–30) available to keep pressure on national teams, and not lost to the high performance program. This will require a revision to hockey’s athlete categorisation model.

The performance of the men’s team, the Kookaburras, in Rio was below expectations, losing the quarter- final to the Netherlands. This result was despite the team’s on-field successes during the 24 months preceding the Rio Olympics.

Despite the Olympic result, the men’s team retained the world No. 1 ranking, having won the 2014 World Cup, four Champions Trophy Tournaments over the cycle, World Series League gold medals, as well as the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal. A focus on building squad depth in the two years before the games by giving younger players greater exposure led to inconsistent performances but this was expected to benefit the Rio campaign.

The performance of the women’s team, the Hockeyroos, in Rio was significantly below expectations, losing the quarter-final to New Zealand. Injury concerns around key athletes during the final year of preparation interrupted final team selection and preparations.

Over the four-year cycle leading up to Rio, the women’s team improved their world ranking from fifth to a high of second, and being ranked third immediately prior to the Olympic Games.

Governance commentary

Hockey Australia continues to progress well towards adopting the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It has had significant engagement with stakeholders in the monitoring and review of the strategic plan, which has further improved strategic alignment with state plans. Following the recent AGM, Hockey Australia needs to continue towards adopting national unified behaviours and would also benefit from conducting a board evaluation in 2017.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games (women)

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

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