As we gear up for our Brisbane Women’s Hockey Finals I want to emphasise the utmost importance of the values that have always been the cornerstone of our sport. This year, more than ever, we want to highlight the significance of respect – not only for each other, but also for the officials and the game itself.
Respect Each Other:
Let’s remember that we’re not just players from various teams; we’re all part of the hockey community and share a common love for the game. Treat your fellow players with the respect they deserve, both on and off the field. Remember, a respectful environment cultivates a positive atmosphere that enhances the quality of the game.
Respect the Officials:
Our officials are an integral part of the game, ensuring fairness and maintaining order on the field. Their decisions might not always align with our perspectives, but it’s essential to respect their authority and judgment. Keep in mind that they’re striving to uphold the integrity of the game we all cherish. Even in the heat of competition, let’s display sportsmanship by treating officials with the respect they’ve earned.
Respect Our Game:
Hockey is more than just a sport; it’s a tradition, a legacy, and a shared passion that connects us all. Respect the game by playing with heart, following the rules, and embracing the spirit of healthy competition.
Your Words Matter:
The words we choose can inspire, motivate, and even heal. Conversely, they can also hurt, demoralize, and divide. Let’s recognize the power of our words and use them wisely. Encourage your teammates, acknowledge the efforts of opponents, and maintain a sense of dignity in victory and defeat.
In this Finals Series, let’s not only showcase our skill and determination but also our commitment to respect. It’s not just about winning the championship; it’s about upholding the values that make our sport great. Let’s be remembered for our exceptional sportsmanship and the way we carry ourselves, both as athletes and as individuals.
Best of luck to all teams as we continue on this thrilling journey together. May this series be a testament to our unity, resilience, and unwavering respect for the game we love. Play hard, play fair, and play with respect.
Yours in hockey