Greetings from Australia.
Our son is a junior elite inline hockey player here in Australia at U 14 level. He represents his state and hopes soon to represent his country.
His sights are firmly set on representing Australia in inline hockey at Olympics or Commonwealth Games. Can you please tell me what the likelyhood of inline hockey being included in these games within the next few years.
It is hard to get accurate information down here.
When I ask, I have been told lots of rumors, like inline hockey was going to be an exhibition sport at Sydney 2000/ Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002/ Athens Olympics 2004. etc. It wasn't in Sydney, Manchester has just finished and it wasn?t there. What about Athens? Any truth in that rumor?
Is there anyone out there who really knows what is going on in regards to our sport reaching the Olympics and Commonwealth games?
Do you know which governing body will be running it when it happens? Currently in Australia, both RSA (which I think is FIRS)
and AILHA (IIHF) claim that they will be the organization to take inline to the Olympics etc.
It is very confusing, and we don't know what to believe.
As a family we are supporting our son in these goals. There is no financial support for junior athletes financially here in Australia, so we are both working full time to fund his interstate trips for nationals of both organizations, and tournaments, and elite training camps etc. We want to make sure we are headed down the right track with the input of all our time energy and money.
Any information you could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Grahame and Michelle Gibson<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by RichardGraham on 08/07/02 10:43 PM.</EM></FONT></P>