Miner to spon­sor hockey pro­gram

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Hockey Aus­tralia’s in­dige­nous hockey pro­gram will be ex­tended af­ter sign­ing on Fortes­cue for a three-year spon­sor­ship ex­ten­sion.

The re­newed agree­ment will see the Na­tional In­dige­nous Hockey Pro­gram run for a fiveyear term from July.

As well as spon­sor­ing the Kook­aburra’s, the miner has also an­nounced a part­ner­ship with the women’s na­tional hockey team, the Hock­ey­roos, who will join the pro­gram this year.

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said the Na­tional In­dige­nous Hockey Pro­gram had been well re­ceived by Pil­bara schools.

“The pro­gram has been well re­ceived by stu­dents, teach­ers and the play­ers them­selves and we are com­mit­ted to fur­ther grow­ing the pro­gram’s foot­print over time,” he said.

“The spon­sor­ship of the Hock­ey­roos fits well with our de­sire to grow the in­dige­nous pro­gram, but also to pub­licly demon­strate our com­mit­ment to gen­der equal­ity.

“Hockey is a fan­tas­tic sport for the whole fam­ily and we all love cheer­ing on both teams when there are gold medals on the line.

“We are proud to be able to sup­port both teams and the wider com­mu­nity through the ex­tended re­la­tion­ship with Hockey Aus­tralia.”

Hockey Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Cam Vale said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was proud to rep­re­sent ath­letes for their abil­ity rather than gen­der.

Mr Vale said Fortes­cue’s spon­sor­ship of the Hock­ey­roos was a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for hockey in Aus­tralia.

The Fortes­cue team will also ben­e­fit through mo­ti­va­tional train­ing sem­i­nars with the ath­letes and coach­ing staff.

Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion chair John Wylie said Fortes­cue was tak­ing a com­mend­able lead­er­ship stance in im­prov­ing gen­der di­ver­sity.

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