Hockey stars to visit Hedland

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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The Hedland Hockey Club has opened its doors to welcome elite athletes.

The Pilbara Community Hockey Program has been connecting Kookaburras and Hockeyroos players with regional communities including Roebourne, Karratha and Wickham for the past five years.

The club’s re-opening means students in Port Hedland can enjoy the same opportunity. Hockey Australia and Fortescue Metals Group have partnered for the next five years to support the program.

The program begins tomorrow in Hedland, with visits from the elite athletes to Cassia Primary School, South Hedland Primary School, Baler Primary School, St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School and Hedland Senior High School.

Two Kookaburras and/or Hockeyroos players will run clinics four times in Term 2, followed by an inter-school carnival in Term 3, where Hedland Senior High School students will get involved in coaching and umpiring.

Hockey Australia commercial partnership manager Shane Tonkin said the Hedland Hockey Club played a vital role, as a stepping stone towards children being identified to represent Australia.

“The Pilbara Community Hockey Program would not be possible without the backing of long-time partner Fortescue Metals Group,” he said.

“FMG allow elite athletes from the only national body based in WA to take their inspiration and ‘can-do attitude’ to the children in the Pilbara region.” Fortescue has become a major supporter of the Hedland Hockey Club, awarding a grant to help the club build a set of goals for its new hockey field.

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