VIS Hockey women on the path to Beijing
8 January 2007
The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) tradition of producing strong women’s hockey players is set to continue in the lead up to Beijing, with many VIS athletes being selected in national squads for 2007.
Dual Olympian Rachel Imison has been selected in the 2007 Hockeyroos squad, maintaining her place in the Australian team. In goals at the Sydney and Athens Games, Imison demonstrated she is a valued member of the national team.
Kary Chau, Claire Messent, Renee Trost and the talented young goal keeper Rachel Lynch have all been selected in the national development squad. Last year was an exciting one for Lynch, who was part of the silver medal winning Hockeyroos team at the World Cup.
Lynch, Messent, Trost and Sarah O’Connor have also been selected in the Australian Champions Trophy team for the tournament in Argentina this month. VIS Coach Toni Cumpston has been appointed assistant coach and leaves with the team tomorrow for Argentina.
Added to these selections is Megan O’Connell who will compete at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January.
VIS Women’s Hockey Coach Toni Cumpston said “selection in these teams is very exciting. It shows that the hard work of the VIS scholarship holders has paid off and been recognised through national selection.
“For the first time four VIS scholarship holders will play in the Champions Trophy. The selection and hard work of the VIS players is a positive indicator for the upcoming AHL season.”
The talent of these young players is now coming to fruition after the VIS Hockey Women’s squad went into a rebuilding phase following the retirement of athletes such as Denise Durajski and Olympians Louise Dobson, Claire Mitchell-Taverner, and Katie Allen.
After winning the 2003 AHL Trophy, the VIS Women’s Hockey squad will be looking to reclaim the trophy in 2007 and demonstrate they are a force once again to be reckoned with.
VIS hockey players will be vying for selection in the Hockeyroos squad for the Beijing Olympics, continuing the success and strong tradition of women’s hockey in Victoria.