MORE HOCKEY INTEREST

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Two hockey players sweat out in training at the Woodford school grounds yesterday. More in Page 14. Picture PETER ZOLEVEKE II
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BY PETER ZOLEVEKE II

The Solomon Islands Hockey Federation (SIHF) has continued its call for more interest in the sport as it begins rolling out its programmes for this year.

SIHF President Winki Yee told SunSPORTS yesterday that they have received an overwhelming turn-out of emerging talents in the sport.

“Our programs this year will continue and we are still calling on more interested individuals to be part of the development of the sport,” says Yee.

“We are hoping for new ones to join, identifying new potentials, skills who we can groom in lead up to the 2023 Pacific Games here.

Mr Yee also assured the safety of the game with the proper equipment used during such outdoor hockey activities.

He encouraged both boys and girls to take up the sport.

This year the federation received a timely assistant for the first time to hockey proper goalkeeping training with the volunteering help of Australian teacher and hockey player Salot Salt.

“I’ve been playing hockey since the age of 7, and mostly in the goalkeeping position. I’m happy to train athletes here on basic concepts of the position and they are fitting in well,” she says.

She also says that with a week already in training she is hoping that the athletes gain more confidence in themselves in the sport.

In terms of proper training equipment, she is satisfied with the handful of items available to get going with the training.

Hockey activities at the Woodford school grounds will run every Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 PM to 6 PM.

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