Australia’s favourite women’s sports team - the Hockeyroos - has secured a substantial double boost ahead of the forthcoming World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
National Coach Adam Commens has signed a contract extension to lead the team until after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And in a further boost the team’s major partner, Ausdrill, has taken up an option to extend its association with the iconic national team.
Olympic bronze medal winner Commens, who took charge of the team in January 2011, has committed his future to the Women’s High Performance Program as Australia looks to build on three years of substantive progress. Since his appointment, the Hockeyroos have climbed from seventh to fourth in the global rankings and returned to the podium at world level.
Having secured the continued services of Commens, Cam Vale, Chief Executive of Hockey Australia, said: “There’s no doubt that Adam is one of the best young coaches in world hockey at the moment and re-appointing him has been a high priority for us. It was important that we acted with integrity in the process, giving Adam our backing and the confidence to get on with the job in hand.
“Aside from improving the results on the pitch he has successfully driven the pursuit of higher standards across the program and consequently we had no reason to wait until after the World Cup to make this decision.”
Confirming Ausdrill’s continued support for the team, Vale said: “Ausdrill has been a fantastic partner of the Hockeyroos and I’m pleased that they have been so enthusiastic about extending our relationship, particularly given the competitiveness of the sponsorship market in Australia. It’s a tremendous credit to our athletes and coaches that they have embraced Ausdrill as much as Ausdrill and its staff have embraced our team.
“Despite the fact that the Hockeyroos have been at the forefront of women’s sport in this country for decades this is the first time since the late 1990s that the major partner of the women’s national team has extended its support. Aside from being a ringing endorsement of the Hockeyroos and the team’s ongoing progress, Ausdrill’s continued involvement is a fillip for women’s sport in Australia as a whole.”
Ausdrill Managing Director Ron Sayers said: “We came on board as supporters of the Hockeyroos in March 2012. Since that time the partnership has provided numerous opportunities for our staff to meet the athletes and cheer them on at a number of their matches, both in Australia and overseas. As a company Ausdrill is delighted to extend our support for the Hockeyroos, which by any measure is one of Australia's most successful sporting teams.”
Mr Sayers said the partnership between Ausdrill and the Hockeyroos worked well as the two organisations shared many core values.
“For us as a business it’s all about working hard, applying our skills to perform at the highest level and above all working as a team. The Hockeyroos display these qualities in abundance, and we are therefore very proud to support the team on an ongoing basis.”
The dual announcement was made while the Hockeyroos are in Kalgoorlie, the home of Ausdrill, for the first two of five Tests against Japan.
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