Robin’s great track record

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Ken Bor­land

Sports sci­en­tist Robin van Ginkel (above) was yes­ter­day named as the new head coach of the South African women’s hockey team and there is lit­tle doubt the 36-yearold was the ob­vi­ous choice based on his as­cen­sion through the pipe­line.

Van Ginkel was the as­sis­tant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams when they claimed the African Cup of Na­tions ti­tles last year, as well as coach­ing the SA U18s and SA U21s. Most re­cently he has been the as­sis­tant coach of the Aus­trian men’s team, who have en­joyed ar­guably their best year ever, and has also been in­volved with the cham­pion Delhi Waverid­ers team in the Hockey In­dia League. The direc­tor of hockey at St Stithi­ans also claimed three IPT ti­tles with South­ern Gaut­eng.

“Robin has a fan­tas­tic track record of suc­cess in the South African com­pe­ti­tions pipe­line and this is strength­ened by his in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and sports sci­ence back­ground. There were some fan­tas­tic can­di­dates but Robin re­ally stood out and we look for­ward to hav­ing him join or staff and im­prov­ing our pro­grammes across the board.

“We em­barked on a ro­bust and thor­ough process eval­u­at­ing our can­di­dates against the re­quire­ments of the role and through a deep in­ter­view process. He has a su­perb hockey re­sumé, which has also fea­tured a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time within the South African hockey struc­tures,” Dave Viney, the head of high per­for­mance, said yes­ter­day.

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