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IHNSW – Return to Sport

Following the announcement of further lifting of restrictions including rinks opening from 13 June, and community sport competitions able to resume from 1 July – IHNSW would like to confirm that there are now steps being taken to resume the 2020 Winter season. 

Please click below to download the current IHNSW Return to Sport guidelines.

IHNSW RETURN TO SPORT GUIDELINES V3.2 – updated 1 July

IIHF Roadmap – safe return to practise

This information is designed for use by clubs to guide the behaviour of participants, rinks and other attendees – please use this document as a sport specific guide to how you can safely operate and comply with the NSW Government Public Health orders whilst returning to activities from this weekend. This document should not be treated as an exhaustive list of procedures that you can implement to protect the health and safety of participants – but as an information kit to guide you in your decision making.

Anyone participating in activities at Ice rinks should also make themselves aware of the venue’s guidelines and conditions of entry, and comply with them as well.

It is important to note that the Public Health Orders are changing all the time and when appropriate, IHNSW will make changes and updates to this information as required.

You can find sport specific resources at the Office of Sport website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/sports-recreation-and-gyms

IHNSW season update – 1 June 2020

For the information of Members, Clubs and Committees – IHNSW would like to provide clarification on the progress of the recommencement of the 2020 Winter Season.

We will re-start the season as soon as we are allowed and the rinks are open.

We are aware of various government and industry information such as the AIS Return to Sport Framework, and the recent announcements from Ice Hockey in other states regarding their ability to resume some activities. Ice Hockey Australia also sits on a national group of sporting organisations and government who meet weekly to provide support for both elite and grass roots sport as well as providing insights into constantly evolving government policy. IHA are providing guidance as they receive it. All this means that when given approval we will be able to re-start our sport in a way that mitigates risk to our members and reduces the risk that government forces us to shutdown in the future in response to outbreaks.

IHNSW are involved in regular Office of Sport and Ministerial updates on the progress of returning to play. Unfortunately – NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions still prohibit any indoor recreation facilities from reopening, and any local sporting competitions involving more than 10 people. (You can find more information on the current public health orders here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules under the heading Sport, pools and outdoor activities). The postponement of the season will remain in place until our Ice Rinks are able to reopen.

Please be assured that the 2020 Winter Season is not cancelled – IHNSW still intends to recommence the season once restrictions are lifted to a point that our competition can function. In the process of recommencing, considerations will need be given to the whatever current restrictions will be in place, availability of ice time, changes to teams entering each grade, and what the draw will look like moving forward.

We appreciate the eagerness of members and clubs to return to competition, and we look forward to your enthusiasm on the ice as soon as we are allowed to return.

Yours Sincerely
Paul Kelly
President

Dmitri Kuleshov awarded NSW Olympic Council grant

Ice Hockey NSW would like to congratulate Dmitri Kuleshov on being selected to receive a 2020 NSW Olympic Council grant.

The Grant Program, now in its sixth year, is designed to provide financial assistance to developing athletes. This year, 10 young ‘up and coming’ sportsmen and women were selected for their success in competition and for demonstrating the Olympic values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence.

We wish Dmitri all the best in his future in Ice Hockey and hope that this support will assist him in his goals as a player.