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Issue No. 17 Nov/Dec 2004

President's View

2004: A Great Year for Hockey

This year has been so successful for hockey; not least with the excellent events we have seen showcasing the best of our sport not least at the Athens Olympic Games. Most recently we have had the immensely successful BDO Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina, and now the Samsung Hockey Champions Trophy currently underway in Pakistan.

A very exciting development has taken place over the last month, which aims to make world hockey more accessible to more people. We will produce a magazine-style television programme packed with event news and reviews, player profiles, coaching tips and issues of the day. This programme is co-funded by the FIH and BDO International, the presenting sponsor. Each BDO WorldHockey Monthly will be aired every four weeks, starting from March next year. We already have lots of interest from various cable and satellite broadcasters and viewers worldwide will be able to consult WorldHockey.org for full scheduling details.

Without the dedication and hardwork from all involved in world hockey, we would not be able to achieve such success. I would like to thank all of our member associations for their support and show of confidence in me as President recently at our Congress in Leipzig. Our effectiveness as an organisation is, however, down to the dedication that our team has to hockey. My special thanks go to our Hon. Secretary General Peter Cohen and the Executive Board and committee chairs and members. Without their support and hard work, we would not have been able to achieve what we have this last year.

Thanks also to the staff in Brussels, who keep the world hockey engine running smoothly, especially now under difficult circumstances. While we look forward to moving to Lausanne in the New Year, we are sad that some of our staff will not be joining us and wish them all the best for the future. We will see some new faces join us in 2005 and doubtless find new challenges and exciting projects, not to mention world-class hockey.

I wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2005.

Els van Breda Vriesman
FIH President


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President's View
A look back on a busy year for hockey by Els van Breda Vriesman...

Cathy Harris takes us through this last issue of WHO for 2004...

Dutch Treat in Rosario
David Christison writes about Rosario's success in hosting the BDO Champions Trophy...

Hero's Return
Aussie star Jamie Dwyer talks to Mark Grant on life after That Goal...

Athens Fallout
Regular contributor Claire Middleton examines exactly what happens to coaches after their team doesn't make the grade...

Master Class
Editor Cathy Harris catches up with a Dutch legend...

Athens Analysis
Shiv Jagday, FIH Coach and US Men's coach, takes a critical view of play during the Athens Olympics...

Lessons Learned
Jenny Morris, Olympic gold medallist, shares her pearls of wisdom on how to make it in hockey...

Blowing the Whistle on South Africa
Kevin McCallum takes a look behind the scenes with South African umpires...

A Question of Style
Teo Huang Loh asks whether Asian and European styles really exist...

West Africa’s Hockey Hub
Clare Digby highlights the hockey world in West Africa...

WorldHockey Events Forum
Alan Waterman reflects on a unique event for WorldHockey...

Changes in Leipzig
A brief rundown of changes to the Executive Board and Committee Chairs, plus awards presented in Leipzig...

Field Hockey Techniques and Tactics by Claire Mitchell-Taverner
The latest literary offering from the hockey world reviewed...

Editor: Cathy Harris
Publication Co-ordinator: Hannah Cox
Photos: Dr. W. Sternberger
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