Thundersticks promote inclusion at season opener

A group of Inclusion athletes showcased their hockey skills prior to the inaugural Perth Thundersticks games in the new Sultana Bran Hockey One League matches at Perth Hockey Stadium last Sunday.

16 Athletes came together to demonstrate their hockey talent in the Inclusion match.

“Inclusive Hockey has provided great outcomes for people with a disability”, said Hockey WA program coordinator Melissa Gmeiner. “We have seen participants go from no knowledge of the sport, to showcasing their skills in front of the WA hockey community at the Hockey One matches. The best thing about our Inclusive Hockey Project is that everyone who participates is able to achieve success and provide much enjoyment and social inclusion for both the player and their families.”

Case study*

Chloe was first exposed to Inclusive Hockey through sessions delivered at her school, John XXIII College. Here she quickly picked up the fundamentals of hockey and worked on her skills.

Chloe participated in the Inclusion Match on Sunday and is now looking into joining her local club for next year’s hockey season.

Hockey WA and Perth Thundersticks had the support of DLGSC & Healthway to facilitate the program.

The Inclusive Hockey Project will continue with ongoing sessions delivered in schools, local coach and hockey club upskilling opportunities and further Inclusive Hockey matches.

If you would like to get involved in the project or for further information, please contact Melissa Gmeiner on