2016 Australian Underwater Hockey Team Selection Process



Elite Men and Masters Men

Saturday 17th to Monday 19th October, Perth (3 days) Nominations close: Monday 12th October

Elite Ladies and Masters Ladies

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October, Hobart (2 days) Nominations close: Monday 19th October

Nomination Fee: $300.00 per player

This fee must be paid prior to selections. If this fee is not paid written approval by way of a financial agreement must be provided from Cathy Waldron, Team Manager. Email forms to cathywaldron@bigpond.com

Unsuccessful players will be refunded their Nomination Fee LESS the pool hire costs.

Players who are selected and subsequently WITHDRAW will forfeit the Nomination Fee.

Training Camp Costs: All players attending the selections must provide their flight receipts to the coach. Flights will be equalized between ALL players attending

selections (Elite and Masters combined).

Pool and Room Hire will be shared equally between ALL players attending the selections. Pool and Room Hire will be deducted from the Nomination fee.

All players will be billeted by local players in both Hobart and Perth. A (local) player will be nominated to schedule this. Where this is not achievable accommodation will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections. Meals will be paid for by the individual.

Transport to and from the Airport and pool will be organized by the hosts. Where this is not achievable transport will be sought and the costs will be equalized between ALL players attending the selections.

Nomination Forms: Trials:

All players must submit nomination forms (see attachment) prior to Selections. Players nominating for both categories need only pay one Nomination Fee of $300.00.

For both camps it is anticipated that the Elite Selection trials will be held during the first day and the team will be announced. Following this the Masters Selections will occur and the team announced. A schedule of games and training sessions will ensue. Those who were not selected will take part as opposition for the Australian teams and should not expect to take part in the Australian Team training camp after the team is announced (although it is up to the coaches).

To ensure we do not miss a development opportunity for those players on the fringe ofnational team selection we will appoint a mentor / coach to co-ordinate and offer feedback to those that stay and play as opposition. (For the ladies it will depend on numbers).

It is anticipated that for the elite teams 12 team members plus an additional one or two reserve players will be selected for each team. However a coach may elect to announce a squad of 14 players from which the final team of 12 will be chosen at the January training camp.

Masters may elect to select a smaller team (8) at the initial selections and to host final selections at the January Training camp. Masters may elect to only select 10 or 11 players to travel to Worlds.

All teams are entitled to consider two postal nominations at selections.

Key dates:

Attendance at Selections as per above dates.
Training Camp on the 2nd-3rd January in Bunbury WA (the weekend prior to the nationals).
TBC: Possible training camp between January and March.
For Elites – 3 day training camp preceding Worlds in Stellenbosch. March 23rd – April 2nd CMAS World Championships South Africa.

HOST WEBSITE: http://www.uwhworlds2016.co.za


Contact details

Team Manager Cathy Waldron  e. cathywaldron@bigpond.com m.0429 376 793

COACH Masters Ladies Kirsteen Reid e. krchook@optusnet.com.au m. 0411 172 373

COACH Elite Ladies Eden Brown e. edenbrown63@yahoo.com m.0408 381 051

COACH Elite Ladies Tania Mcleish e.tania@ledutchie.eu m.0438 632 804

DOWNLOAD FORMS FROM UHA Facebook page or contact coaches above

III Age Group World Championships

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015, Spain

6-15 August 2015 - Castellon, Spain

UHA Welcomes home all athletes, coaches and supporters from the recent World championships in Spain and to all those continuing their journeys abroad, UHA wish you safe travels. To all those who competed: we are proud of you and we commend you.


Australia is left with mixed feelings after the recent Age group world championships held in Castellon, Spain from the 6-15 August. Firstly, Awe at the talent and commitment shown by our young athletes, excitement for their potential and thrill that that the next Age Group World Champs will be hosted on home soil in Hobart, Tasmania. These feelings are mixed with a sense of pride attached to our team’s outstanding efforts, and disappointment at a few almost wins.


This Aged Group World Championships was impressively competitive, with each division hosting a group of world-class teams. There were many draws during the round robin and several finals ended in overtime.


Australia arrived in Spain on Sunday the 2nd of August, with training beginning for most teams on Tuesday the 4th. These days of practice matches pre-tournament provided valuable preparation for the Australian sides, it allowed them the opportunity to adapt and adjust to the time difference and climate, and to re-familiarise themselves with their team mates who come from all across our vast nation.


The round robin began on Saturday 8 August. Each division had a single round robin, the U19 Men boasting the largest group of 1o teams. The U23 Men and Women, and U19 Women all had 8 countries represented. In total 12 countries attended this world championship.


Australia’s U19 Men and Women’s teams finished in 6 place. Both teams show exciting potential with commendable demonstrations of teamwork and skill in this high stakes tournament. The U19 Women have an average age of only 15, given their achievements in Spain, this is a team no doubt on their way to success. They demonstrated commitment, skills and determination in their overtime games against Canada and Spain on the final days of the tournament. They have all made us all very proud.


The U23 Women finished in 5 place at the end of the round robin, moving to 4th after defeating New Zealand in overtime 3-2 in the first of the knock out matches. Their Semi-final against Netherlands ended in a nail biting 4-3, leading them into a bronze medal play off against Great Britain where they were defeated 1-0. These close matches reflect the intensity of this competition and remind us of the difference a single goal can make.


Australia’s Medal bearers the U23 Men’s team finished the round robin undefeated, with a draw against Turkey. They pushed through each final to end in first place, meeting turkey in the Grand Final. The Turkish team where physically large with a remarkable presence on the bottom of the pool. Despite Australia’s best efforts to switch, to open the game up and to run around the Turkish giants, they were defeated 3-1 and bought home the Silver. Josh Mackenzie from West Australia finished the game with a remarkable breakaway goal.


In addition to the outstanding efforts of all the Australian athletes, there was a large supporter presence at this tournament, and UHA thanks all of the parents, supporters and coaches who travelled to Castellon, cheering from the stands for each match.


Importantly, UHA would like to give special thanks to Nick Stepokivitch the Physio and his team, and Sandra Millner, the Team Manager – without who our presence at competitions like this would simply not be possible.


Here’s to Hobart 2017!

U23 Women 2015

U23 Women 2015

U23 Men 2015

U23 Men 2015

Underwater Hockey at ODEX

By Ron Brear

The Underwater Hockey stall at ODEX 2012

The Underwater Hockey stall at ODEX 2012

For those of you who are out of the loop, ODEX is the Oceania Dive Travel and Water sports Expo.

I arrived early on Saturday morning to stall 41, it was a barren bit of steel and black velcro standing empty on the pool deck overlooking the tranquil waters of the main competition pool at Homebush Aquatic centre. As I stood at the stall and looked to the left and right, there were people from an array of watery backgrounds beginning to fill their equivalently empty stalls with colour and paraphernalia to send the senses running.

Stewart Parkinson soon appeared with the skills learnt from a father in the political game, he knew what was required to sell a sport. With his advisers, Andrew Dunlop and Ben Stepkovitch close at hand, the stall quickly began to outclass those of the big travel diving companies. Before I knew it, I was looking at a sleek plasma screen playing DVD’s of underwater hockey, next to it an array of hockey paraphernalia ready to be picked up and touched, however the most eye catching of all was the new banner designed by Jason Beck from Newcastle. It could be seen from just about anywhere in the exhibition. It was an eye catching beacon to anybody remotely interested in the sport.

I assisted with the setup of the stall, but soon became bored of Stewart’s incessant Underwater Hockey talk, and quietly snuck away. I wandered the stalls of exhibition, entering any competition I could find to win fantastic prizes. There were people promoting all sorts of gear, trips and organisations, and it was great to see the passion that is out there for the oceans and water sports. I soon stumbled across a stall offering trials of equipment. I had always wanted to try a monofin, and I finally got my chance at being a merman. I jumped in the pool, slipped my soapy feet into the foot pockets of an oversized fibreglass monofin, and was off with incredible speed and power.

As I dried off after my swim, I wandered back to the stall to find a merry crew of devoted underwater hockey volunteers selling the great sport. Over the course of the weekend I counted over a dozen volunteers from around Australia, but predominantly people from Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle giving their free time. Once changed it was my turn to sell the sport to passing patrons. With a friendly 'g’day' and a quick off the cuff intro, I managed to get the details of a couple of possible future stars.

Rees (the National Representative of Underwater Hockey) made an appearance at lunchtime. The poor fellow looked like he’d just been recaptured after making an escape from a life sentence in prison. With his tired eyes, sombre expression, and gnarly beard he was locked up for the day in a marathon AUF general meeting. The time put into the event by Stewart, Rees and other AUF members in the organising of stalls was greatly appreciated by all involved.

The finale of the weekend was the exhibition match. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the game on the big screen, and given it was in the 3m pool it was tough for new players to get involved. However, it was fantastic when a couple of Underwater Rugby players jumped in and gave it an authentic crack.

Over the course of the weekend, over 40 people’s contact details ended up on the email list, eager for more information on upcoming events. The sport was sold to hundreds more passers by, who are sure to go home and tell their friends and families about this strange and intriguing new sport they heard about.

Underwater Hockey Australia and the NSW Underwater Hockey Commission would like to thank the following people for giving their time to the sport over the weekend.

Stewart Parkinson, Ben Stepkovitch, Rees Quilford, Andrew Dunlop, Billy Hodgetts, Jane Gilligan, Catalina Chica, Ron Brear, Molly Martin, Connar Martin, Giulia Risorto, Phil Ackerman, Julia Foulkes, Kerrie Hammond, Edwin Kwan, Hannah Robert-Tissot and Nick Martin.

UWH at Oceania Dive Travel & Watersports Expo

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
8 & 9 September 2012

ODEX11 logo

Underwater Hockey Australia in conjunction with the NSW Underwater Hockey Commission will host a booth at the Oceania Dive Travel & Watersports Expo in Sydney.

We will be showcasing the sport of Underwater Hockey and outlining opportunities to get involved in NSW and across Australia.

ODEX has been developed as a family friendly consumer event that will showcase products and services relating to recreational scuba diving, dive resorts and holiday destinations, underwater imaging, marine ecotourism and conservation initiatives, freediving and spearfishing, watersports and various other exciting underwater activities.

ODEX is complemented by several educational seminars and is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the 2012 Australian Fin Swimming Championships.