Australian hockey champion enters prestigious Hall of Fame
Former Australian hockey legend and Curtin University Hockey Club player, Bevan George, was inducted into the WA Hall of Champions last week at the 2018 Western Australian Hall of Champions event at Pan Pacific Perth.
A group of past and present Curtin “Pirates” players attended the event to celebrate George’s achievement.
The WA Hall of Champions was founded in 1985 and is essentially the West Australian Institute of Sport’s Hall of Fame.
Eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level.
- The athlete must be accepted as a product of the WA sporting system or have established their reputation while resident in WA.
- The athlete must have retired from the highest level of competition for five years.
George moved to Perth in 1995 and was brought to the Curtin hockey club by his cousins and played in the 1998, 2000 and 2001 premiership with the club.
He was named in the Australian squad in 1999 after playing in the Australian U/21, Junior World Cup and for the Perth Thundersticks state team.
He competed in the 2002 World Cup, 2004 Olympic Games and both the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games where Australia won gold.
George was named Australian Hockey Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
George joins current CUHC president Elspeth Denning and Premier 1’s coach Kate Starre as Pirates in the exclusive group.
This is an outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition.
Curtin Sport & Recreation and the Curtin University Hockey Club wish George a huge congratulations.
Curtin Elite Athlete sets sights on Tokyo 2020
Mitchell Durham’s light is burning bright on his way to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Since the middle 2017, Mitchell has gone from strength to strength, dominating in a string of events.
The 2017 competition season was the first step in the long road to Olympic representation in 2020,” said Hani Zahra from the Australian Karate Federation. Mitchell Durham was one of the standouts from the event and a bright prospect as Tokyo 2020 approaches.
Durham dominated both the Under 21 and Senior categories in the Kumite -84kg division.
“Durham truly left his mark on national team selectors,” said Zahra. “He was in great form and displayed some outstanding skill and determination to win gold in the Under 21 division.
“He then sent a powerful message to the incumbent national team members in that category by winning an impressive gold medal in the Senior Male Kumite -84kgs in only his second year as a senior athlete.”
In July 2018, Mitchell has continued his rich vein of form and produced a Silver medal win in the World University Championships in Kobe, Japan.
These recent performances have seen Mitchell selected in the Senior Australian team to compete at the 24th WKF World Senior Championships held in Madrid, Spain in November this year.
The 17 athlete team was selected in late August by Athlete Selection Committee of the Australian Karate Federation and will see the Mitchell compete again on the world stage this year.
PICTURED: Mitchell with the other athletes representing Australia at the World University Championships in Kobe, Japan.
Curtin Rugby Club team takes part in International Gay Rugby competition
The Perth Rams, the newest team at Curtin University Rugby Club and the first WA Gay and LBTQI friendly Rugby Club, played their first match at the end of September.
As part of the IGR (International Gay Rugby) competition they travelled to Melbourne to play the Melbourne chargers, decked out in their new Curtin Uniforms.
The club have engaged with the local community in the build up to this match, with several local events to raise awareness and recruit new members and are ramping up for a busy period with the Pride Sports Festival upcoming and plans for an international tour to compete in the IGR Bingham Cup next year.
The club have been extremely positive about their new home at Curtin and the support they received, and are intent on continuing to foster community engagement in an inclusive environment.
Curtin Wesley Football Coach selected as new AFL Women’s coach
Head coach of Curtin’s own Curtin University Wesley Football Club, Trent Cooper, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s side, in a move that highlights the coaching talent at our club and further cements the club’s position in the football community as a leader in development.
Cooper had been head coach at Curtin University Wesley for the 2017 and 2018 seasons while also heavily involved in high performance coaching with various women’s teams at the WAFC and was instrumental into the successful introduction of a Women’s team at Curtin Wesley Tigers.
His appointment as Fremantle’s AFLW coach comes on the back of two disappointing seasons for Fremantle, in which they were able to win just four of their 14 games.
The 2019 AFLW competition will expand from eight teams to ten and will commence in early February.