Hockey New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of US$100,000 towards the Black Sticks Women’s campaign to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
These funds have been granted by the New Zealand Olympic Committee, following their application to Olympic Solidarity, on behalf of Hockey New Zealand.
The funds will be paid over 4 years and will help the team reach Coach Mark Hager’s aim of playing at least 25 international matches a year, as he works to build the depth of experience and game plan that the women needs for a successful Olympic Campaign.
The Black Sticks Women are in re-development mode under Hager, who began rebuilding the Women’s hockey team earlier this year. The team qualified last month for the World Cup in Argentina next year by beating Australia, in the Oceania Cup played in Invercargill.
During 2011, the Black Sticks Women will go through the qualification process for the 2012 Olympics. On the basis they do, additional funding may be sought by the New Zealand Olympic Committee, on Hockey New Zealand’s behalf.
Black Sticks Coach Mark Hager welcomes the much needed financial assistance.
“It represents to us a belief in our group of players and will make a huge difference in allowing us to plan for our next cycle,” he says. “The funding helps us increase the depth and quality of our group through competition and camps.”
New Zealand Olympic Committee:
The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) is an independent organisation responsible for providing inspirational experiences for athletes at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Youth Games. The NZOC actively promotes the history and values of the Olympic Movement through a wide variety of cultural and educational programmes, and operates according to the Olympic Charter and Commonwealth Games Constitution. The NZOC is funded principally through corporate sponsorship, trusts, Sport & Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) and the International Olympic Committee.
Olympic Solidarity is a division of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that assists National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their Continental Associations to promote Olympism through specific PROGRAMMES that contribute to the development of sport and its educational aspects for the purpose of pursuing the Goal of the Olympic Movement.
Hockey New Zealand:
Hockey New Zealand is the National Sporting Organisation for Hockey. There are 53,000 registered hockey players in New Zealand.
Source: Hockey New Zealand
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