Notes and News

Michael Krause to resign

Germany's Michael Krause has announced his intention to resign as President of the Deutcher Hockey Bund, as from the end of May. Michael has been DHB President since 1993, and was the Federation's Vice President since 1989.

Mr. Krause was an original member of the FIH Executive Board and held that post until November of '98. He has been an FIH Council member since 1992, and continues to be active in that capacity.

In an article in the German Federation's magazine, Michael Krause cites the amount of time required by his various roles in the hockey world as the key reason for his retirement.

A former Olympian, Michael represented Germany for 10 years in its national hockey team.

Singapore honours Annabel Ess

The annual awards dinner of the Singapore Hockey Club was held on March 13. Mrs Annabel Ess, past President, was presented with a special award for her contributions to hockey in Singapore as a player, official and administrator. Sue Neill, FIH Executive Board member was in attendance and assisted with the presentation of the annual awards. The dinner was organised by Angeline Ee, also an FIH official.

Sue Neill speaks

In her role as Co-Chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport, Sue Neill (Canada) delivered a keynote address at the first ever Women and Sport Conference organised under the auspices of the Singapore Sports Council. Sue's presentation focussed on international trends and issues, and the FIH was cited as an example of an International Federation with good gender equity.

Also in attendance at the Conference from hockey circles were Ms Annabel Ess, who was the Chair of the Conference; Dr Kathleen Watson, Chair of the FIH Medical Committee; Ms Angeline Ee, FIH technical official, and Vivian Soar from the Malaysian Women's Hockey Association.

South Africa appoints Executive Board

The South African Hockey Federation informed the FIH in January of its Executive Board's constitution: President - Clare Digby, Vice President - Charles Smith, Members - Brian Hibbert, Steve Jaspan, Lex van Vught and Ian Smith.

Hockey for Tonga

Reported recently in the Oceania National Olympic Committee Newsletter: "His Majesty the King of Tonga has decreed that (field) hockey is to be introduced throughout the Kingdom, and initial attempts to do this have been most popular."