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GC2018 sports assets to assist hockey players in remote and regional communities

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Hockey Queensland will spread the love of their game to remote and regional communities thanks to new assets received from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Sports Assets Program.

The organisation will receive items such as nets, goalposts and technical equipment to support the sport across Queensland and boost their Remote and Indigenous Hockey Program (RIHP).

Hockey Queensland Operations Manager Sue McLatchey said the first port of call for the equipment would be in helping deliver the organisation’s RIHP State Championships from 9 July.

“The RIHP tournament will see more than 100 junior players and their coaches, officials and supporters participating in a three day competition at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre – home of GC2018,” Ms McLatchey said.

“To be using these legacy items at the venue where the Kookaburras won gold and the Hockeyroos won silver for Australia at the Games will be hugely inspiring to all participants.

“The equipment will continue to be used throughout the state for ongoing regional program delivery and gala days as part of Hockey Queensland’s strategic focus on inclusive programs.”

Ms McLatchey said the donation would also provide a huge shot in the arm to the State Hockey Centre at Colmslie and state-wide program delivery.

“The longer term benefits of this equipment will have a very positive impact on the development of hockey in this state,” she said. 

“The equipment will support our volunteers in their various roles as coaches and officials and also provide improved opportunities and new programs for our players.

“Our venue at Colmslie will also benefit from much needed new goal boxes and pitch dividers to support our new modified hockey programs.