Hockey service recognised

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Mid Canterbury Hockey treasurer David Fisher was awarded the Hockey NZ Gold Service Award at the club’s AGM on Tuesday.

Recipients of the award have contributed more than 25 years of service to hockey in a variety of ways.

Mid Canterbury Hockey nominated David for the award in recognition of his valuable contribution to hockey.

In a letter announcing the award, Hockey NZ chief executive Anthony Crummy said “We at Hockey New Zealand very much appreciate the service David has given to our sport.”

David has had over 50 years involvement with hockey, first picking up a stick when he was 10-years-old in Gisborne.

He moved around with his family living in the West Coast, Timaru and University in Christchurch before settling in Ashburton in 1983.

David has since held positions on the Ashburton hockey executive, and in 1993 he took on the role of treasurer and has been in that role for 27 years.

The biggest change in hockey David has witnessed over the years is the switch from grass to turf when Ashburton’s hockey turf was built in 1987.

“The turf was a big one for me, it became a faster game, a more skilful game, it’s just so quick,” he said.

There had been a drop in club membership because of covid, but numbers are on the increase again.

To help get the sport more exposure in the community, the club is looking for a new coaching and development officer, after the previous person left around a year ago.

“It’s not a full-time job, but we are looking at getting some funding to make the position full time, and that gets the sport into the schools and helps representative coaches.”

This season the senior mens team competed in the Christchurch competition, holding their own against stiff opposition and making it to the final.

“We did well, we punch above our weight,” David said.

By Daniel Tobin