Members of the Australian national women’s hockey team visited Solomon Islands in early February 2017.
Hockeyroos Captain Jane Claxton and goalkeeper Rachel Lynch met with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare before heading out to run hockey clinics at local schools in Honiara.
The Olympic hockey players visit is a joint initiative between Hockey Australia, the Oceania Hockey Federation, Solomon Islands Hockey Federation and the Australian Government as part of the Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program.
The Pacific Sports Partnerships program is a $29million sport for development program. Through PSP, Australia supports activities to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability.
Hockey Australia were successful in securing funding to support the rollout of their Pacific Hockey Program across Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. This support was provided as part of the PSP Innovation Fund 2015-17.
Sport for development in the Pacific