Last week technical representatives from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) visited the Gold Coast and said they are very pleased with the progress for the Hockey competition.
Our delegation was very pleased with progress being made in the detailed planning for the hockey competition. FIH is confident that GOLDOC will deliver an outstanding event for hockey, showcasing our sport at its best.
2018 is a massive year for our sport. In addition to the Commonwealth Games our Hockey World Cups take place. As a result, our athletes will be playing at their peak – providing high-speed, action packed matches for spectators to enjoy. And with great facilities in development it is certainly shaping up to be a truly memorable Commonwealth Games.
Travelling from Switzerland for the three-day flying visit were FIH Competitions Manager and GC2018 Technical Delegate Martyn Gallivan and FIH Sport Coordinator Paula Jenkins.
Along with representatives from GOLDOC, they visited the recently opened training venue at Runaway Bay and the competition venue at Southport, which is nearing completion. There was also a site visit to the technical officials accommodation.
GOLDOC Head of Sport Anita Palm said it was fantastic to have such a positive visit from the FIH delegates.
Our team have been working very hard and are in constant contact with the FIH so we knew we were on track but it is always nice to get positive endorsement.
It is so useful to be able to physically walk through venues and incorporate their expertise in our final planning.
It is exciting to see the competition venue so close to completion and the Sports Centre at Runaway Bay is already being used for athletes from around the world who are training hard for GC2018.
The new playing surface at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre will be laid on the competition and warm-up pitch next month, matching the surface at the training venue. All facilities at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre will be ready for the opening in March 2017.
The site visits, and meetings at GOLDOC headquarters, covered field of play requirements, athlete pre-Games training, transport, medical, doping control, broadcast and media operations.
All 18 sports will have at least one similar visit from international technical delegates pre-Games and in some instances the sports with more complex venue requirements will have several visits.
The competition schedule and ticket request phase information will be released shortly. The teams who have qualified in men’s and women’s hockey for GC2018 will be confirmed by the FIH towards the end of the year.