Archives for 2016
FUNDRAISER, AUSSIE TEAM, GREECE 9/2016
Please dig deep and help our Aussie Spearfishing Mates going to the World Titles very soon.
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BE IN IT.
From the President to all Members
3 May 2016
I am writing to you all, about changes in our fee structure, governance practices, insurance cover, membership system upgrade and future direction of the federation.
In conjunction with our insurers, we have developed a member’s information pack, (Available on our web site). It explains in simple terms what coverage the AUF has. It explains claims procedures for public liability and personal injury claims, injury reporting and other more general information.
Our death benefit cover has been reinstated this year for all of our sports. Our volunteer and coaches cover has been updated as to our professional indemnity. I believe this is the most comprehensive policy the AUF has ever had and will be a reassuring benefit to our members. It should be noted that this insurance is now costing us in excess of $42,000.00 per year.
Membership Database upgrade.
In 2014 our contract with IMG, our membership system provider expired. It was felt that the current system we were using was becoming antiquated and not user friendly. We also felt that with the increase in mobile technology that we needed to offer a platform that was mobile friendly. Our current platform was far too rigid as it was a three tier system, which meant we had to base our usability requirements around the system.
IMG have offered us a new contract on a new platform, one that is mobile friendly and is flexible to be designed around our needs. This will give all levels of our membership greater ease of access, by being able to create as many tiers as necessary. Federal Commissions will be able to access all their members’ data right across Australia. Likewise state commissions and branches, individual clubs will be able to log into the system, and use the email mail out facility for their individual members.
There will also be a competition portal, so the organisers of any competitions can set up registration fees for any events. Competitors can pay by credit card and the fees will automatically be transferred to nominated bank accounts.
The new system differs in its pricing structure as opposed to the old one. We now pay a monthly fee for the system, but the credit card transaction fees have been reduced. It will cost us a little more but we believe this will be offset by delivering a better system for the members. We hope to have the new system online by October.
With the investment outlay for the new membership system and increased insurance, we have had to look at membership fees. We still believe that membership for underwater sports, is still one of the cheapest around. But we have had to increase our fees for the 2016-2017 periods
These new fees which will start in May, when we kick off with our early bird special.
You will notice that we know have split the senior and junior fees, between AUF club and non-club members. Your fees will be cheaper if you a member of an AUF registered club. This is because the board has taken the position that we want to be a club based organisation. I will talk further on this later.
So generally a senior membership has gone from $75.00 to $80.00, for a registered club member. A non-club member is $100.00; this is proportionate across all the membership grades.
We have asked our commissions to submit a list of member clubs. To be a registered club within the AUF you need to have 8 members registered on the AUF data base. Existing clubs that meet these criteria will remain on the data base. If a new club is to be registered then the form which is available on the AUF web site, will need to be filled out and sent to our membership officer.
Remember if a club on the current data base doesn’t have the required number of members, it will be removed. The club will need to lodge the attached form and have the required number of members to be renewed on the data base.
Good Governance and Transparency.
With continuing pressure being applied by the government, via the Australian sports commission, we have had to evaluate and reassess our governance procedures and reporting. This includes reporting protocols, financial reporting, operational rules, policy adherence Government grants disbursement and member protection.
From the top down we will be focusing on specific areas moving forward.
If any of our member groups deal with more than $20,000.00 per year. They will need to have their accounts audited, under this amount they will need to provide an income and expenditure statement. This will need to be provided to their parent sporting body. i.e. clubs to state commissions, State to Federal Commissions and Federal Commissions to Federal AUF. This needs to be recorded as all these different levels are handling member’s funds and possibly receiving grant funds.
Each club, state commission and Federal commission will need a minimum standard, set of operational rules. Some groups already have these, others don’t. We will be evaluating all current rules in all of our member groups, to make sure they conform to our aims and objectives and a minimum standard.
Things that will be addressed are membership criteria, inequalities in voting rights, the need to be club based at state level, state based at a national level and discipline based at a federal level. That member’s rights are reflected equally throughout the organisation. That our member groups follow the principals outlined in our member protection policy.
We need to make sure that the different state laws that deal with child protection are being practiced, and that all statutory requirements are being followed.
We understand that this will be a lengthy and ongoing process, but one that in the end will make us a stronger and fairer organisation.
We welcome any comments or questions on the above.
Yours in underwater sports,
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AUFSC National/NSW Chairman.
Its a shame we have lost someone like Slim Ward, we only knew him from a trip we did to Tahiti for the inter-pacific. Slim wanted to come along as interpreter and he proved to be much more than that. We learnt a lot from Slim and kept in touch with him with cards each year. A sad loss to Spearfishing.
Slim will be laid to rest this Friday 8th April 11.00am, service at the Good Shepherd Church 143 Moss Vale Rd in the main street of Kangaroo Valley.
On the hearing of his passing someone who knew him better than us contributed the following:
At the beginning of the 1970's Australia held a competition at Narooma and a NZ team was invited. We arrived in Sydney and Slim met us at the airport, introduced himself and packed us into his wagon and took us home to his place for a meal that Glynnis (spelling) had laid out for us. Hospitality was first rate and our education about Sydney's toilets in the area where he lived became a talking point for several years. We couldn't believe that in the city you had to walk to the back of the section in order get a seat!
We were introduced to Slim's shop, checked out his bikes, hitched up a caravan and headed to Narooma. Parked in a camping ground, that caravan became our home courtesy of Slim for the period of the competition. Generous to a fault. We had comfort, access to the RSL and people arranged to take us diving each day. As I said earlier, Slim made an indelible impression on us Kiwis, one that was reinforced on numerous occasions thereafter when he would travel with Australian teams to international spearfishing events and when he and his wife did a travelling holiday around NZ. He and I kept that contact up until the last 3 or 4 years. Good for a chat, I was often told what George and Merv were said to have done or be doing and how he thought spearfishing administration in NSW should develop. He certainly had strong opinions and could be forthright in putting them forward.
Australian spearfishing had in Slim a committed supporter for which it ought to be grateful. Such people contribute handsomely to the lifeblood of voluntary organisations and I would imagine that those Australian spearfishing representatives in the era when Slim shouldered so much of managerial roles, will be grateful he put his hand up at the time and said, "I'll do it."
I'm grateful to have called him a friend."
May he rest in peace.
PRESS RELEASE 3 April 2016
AUSTRALIAN TEAMS DOMINATE UNDERWATER HOCKEY WORLD CHMAPIONSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Australian Underwater Hockey teams have dominated the 19th CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships winning gold in three out of the four divisions.
Australia were crowned the world champion team in the Elite Mens, Masters Men (over 35 years old) and Masters Womens (over 32 years old) divisions at the championships held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Australian Elite Women’s team placed 6th.
The Australian Elite Men team prevailed 3-0 over a valiant Turkish team in the final game of the championship. In one of the most even and closely fought competitions in years, the win was a testament to the team’s focus according to coach David Lambert.
“This win was three years in the planning and three years of training. We played to the plan today and our boys got it done,” said Lambert.
“We improved game on game through the competition and our three finals were excellent. Today’s result is just reward for our efforts. It just goes to show that Australia’s open style of game can still dominate at the elite level,” said Lambert.
Australia’s history making day began early in the day when the Australian Masters Womens team prevailed three goals to one over their South African counterparts. Lena Plambeck and Hayley Digney scored goals in the victory.
Playing coach, Kirsteen Reid praised the spirit and determination of her players, “It was an amazing result for us today. It was a tough game but the girls played so well, I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. The win made it back-to-back World Championship titles for the team.
The success continued when the Australian Masters Mens team won their gold medal game in convincing style. The Australian’s dominated their Great Britain opponents from the outset scoring a goal in the opening minute. The 4-0 halftime margin blew out to an unequivocal 9-1 win.
The team was absolutely dominant, going through the tournament undefeated and defending its World Championship title in the division.
The win was the culmination of an excellent tournament by all eleven players in the squad according to playing coach Jason Miezis, “The boys executed the Australian style to perfection today. We played open and skilful hockey,” he said.
“We looked to move the puck into space at every opportunity, we did that and the result took care of itself,” said Miezis.
With a several young players experiencing their first world championships, the Australian Elite Women’s team didn’t finish in the medals but made great improvement throughout the competition according to co-coaches Eden Brown and Tania McLeish.
The 10-day tournament brought together more than 400 players from 44 teams competing across the four divisions. 17 nations were represented at the tournament.
|Elite Men||Elite Women||Masters Men||Master Women|
|2nd||Turkey||New Zealand||Great Britain||South Africa|
|5th||New Zealand||Spain||South Africa||Great Britain|
Official championship website:
Full results and standings:
For more information contact:
Executive Director, Underwater Hockey Australia
Mobile: 0419 927 577
Communications Officer, Underwater Hockey Australia
Mobile: 0400 698 089
Above: Australian Elite player – Belinda Keeley in AUS vs CAN game.
Above: Master’s Women Win Gold.
Elite Men – National Anthem before grand final match vs Turkey
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The dark depths of Underwater hockey.
A well run event held in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Congratulations go out to the New Zealand teams on their winning result in both the Mens and Ladies.
Our Australian Men's Team Guy Wood, Michael Pannach, Ryan Schulter, Jack Lavender and team manager Scott McKenzie placed a hard earned third position and our ladies team Taylah Martindale, Nikki Watt and Team Manager Joe Martindale fort hard in a tough competition placed 4th. Congratulations to all our team.
Men Day 1 Day 2 Total Place
NZ 100 100 200 1st
New Caledonia 87 87 174 2nd
Australia 81 77 167 3rd
Tahiti 76 87 163 4th
Hawaii 71 88 159 5th
Guam 35 74 109 6th
New Zealand 92 100 192 1st
Hawaii 100 79 179 2nd
Guam 36 88 124 3rd
Australia 48 54 102 4th
We would like to again take the opportunity to sincerley thank all our sponsors for the prizes donated to the team fundraiser and all the supporters who brought tickets.
We would like to sincerely thank all those that supported the Fundraiser Raffle in support of the 2016 Interpacific Competitors.
Congratulations to all the winners, there were some quality prizes up for grabs.
The winners and prizes awarded are listed below:
We managed to raise $3220 this year which was a massive help. Thanks again!
Support your Aussie mates attending N Z Interpacific 2016