Hockey youth show skills in Thundersticks’ inaugural game

Young hockey players take to the field.
Young hockey players take to the field.

A GROUP of inclusion athletes showcased their hockey skills before the inaugural Perth Thundersticks games in the new Sultana Bran Hockey One League matches at Perth Hockey Stadium last month.

The inclusion match featured 16 athletes.

“Inclusive hockey has provided great outcomes for people with a disability,” Hockey WA program co-ordinator Melissa Gmeiner said.

“We have seen participants go from no knowledge of the sport to showcasing their skills in front of the WA hockey community at the Hockey One matches.

“The best thing about our Inclusive Hockey Project is that everyone who participates is able to achieve success and provide much enjoyment and social inclusion for both the player and their families.”

Participants included Chloe, who was first exposed to Inclusive Hockey through sessions delivered at her school, John XXIII College.

She quickly picked up the fundamentals of hockey and worked on her skills.

Chloe now hopes to join her local club for next year’s hockey season.

Hockey WA and Perth Thundersticks had the support of Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Healthway for the program.

The Inclusive Hockey Project will continue with ongoing sessions delivered in schools, local coach and hockey club up-skilling opportunities and more Inclusive Hockey matches.

To get involved or for more details, email Melissa Gmeiner on melissa.gmeiner@hockeywa.org.au.