Hockey Australia

Hockey is a popular sport in Australia with both men and women.  One of few sports that can be played throughout a lifespan, it boasts players from ages 5 to 81. The game has produced some of the country's most exciting young male and female athletes.  Numerous hockey events are conducted annually, and Australian teams regularly take part in Olympic and Commonwealth Games Hockey competitions, the World Cup, the Champions Trophy, and the Junior World Cup.
 
Two well-known teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, have made hockey one of the countries most prominent non-professional sports.

Hockey Australia is the official national governing body, and works hard to promote the sport.
 
Hockey's history in Australia dates from the late 1800s, when it was introduced by the British Navy.  Private girls' schools introduced the sport in 1990, and South Australia was the first state to form an association. The game was played in Western Australia in 1902, but no governing body existed there until 1908. Queensland did not form a governing body until that late 1920s.
 
Women's hockey has been popular in Australia since the Australian Women's Hockey Association was formed on July 2, 1910. Australian women have achieved outstanding results in hockey, including Olympic gold medals in 1988, 1996, and 2000; World Cup gold medals in 1994 and 1998; Champions Trophies in 1991, 1993,1995 and 1999; and a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998.
 
Hockey Australia now records nearly 143,000 registered players in 880 clubs across the nation.  Additionally, hockey is played extensively in Australian schools and at a recreational level. According to the 2006 Annual Census, nearly 200,000 people join in the sport.
 
Although the club season is winter, hockey competitions take place all year.  Australians play both outdoor hockey, and a modified indoor style of the game.
 
The game is popular among children and adolescents, and schools and clubs embrace Hockey Australia's modified programmes Rookey and Hook in2 Hockey.
 
Hockey Australia and eight State Hockey Associations work together to maintain Australia's position as a world leader in elite hockey. These associations also work make the sport accessible and enjoyable for both males and females of all ages and from all backgrounds.  Thousands of volunteers in regional associations, clubs and schools support the Association's work.
 
Formed following amalgamation of the Australian Hockey Association and Women's Hockey Australia, Hockey Australia is a full member of the International Hockey Federation. It exists to support hockey players from junior level to elite competition, including Olympic Games hockey teams, and to encourage spectator support.