When: 9th October 2016 12:00am
IIHF World Girls’ Day on Sunday 9th October 2016
The IIHF World Girls’ Day (WGD) event at O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands, Victoria, Australia on Sunday 9th October 2016 was hosted by the Women’s Council. The support of Ice Hockey Victoria, Ice Hockey Australia, O’Brien Group Arena, Ice Sports Victoria and the Victorian Government was critical to the success of this event which enabled women and girls of all ages to try out ice hockey in a safe, fun and all-female environment.
A free 1-hour ‘Come and Try’ session was open to females of all ages and abilities followed by a 2-hour ‘Lightning Tournament’ for experienced and registered female ice hockey players. Throughout the whole day, there were 83 participants, including 50 beginnersand 33 experienced ice hockey players. Some of the 50 beginners at the Come and Try session had traveled up to 150 km to experience the ‘ice’. Participants arrived at 12.15pm and were greeted by a volunteer who facilitated their registration, gearing up and hiring of skatesfor the 1-hour Come and Try session which started at 1.15pm. The participants ranged from 5 to 45 years old and 46% were under the age of 18. In total, 88% of these registered participants wished to receive more information about women’s ice hockey in Victoria. We had 20 enthusiastic volunteers who coached, supported and encouraged them all. In particular, Rylie Padjen and Kristelle Vanderwolf were instrumental in preparing appropriate activities, leading the on-ice volunteers and coaching the 50 newcomers. The whole group was split into two with Rylie coaching the beginners, working on basic skating skills including skating forwards, backwards, falling over and getting up, while Kristelle coached the intermediates learning some new advanced skating skills and drills. This session was followed by the Lightning Tournament where 28 players from 15 to 45 years from local, state and national levels battled it out in the Red, Blue and Black teams, in nine minigames of 9 minutes each. Rylie and Kristelle coached all three teams.