Zim hockey stalwart honoured

HARARE - International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negro has showered praise on Virginia Ross for her years of dedication to Zimbabwe hockey.

Negro’s remarks come as Ross was made an Honorary Life Member of Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) at an annual general meeting on September 19.

“I would like to congratulate and thank Ginny for her years of dedication to hockey,” said Negredo.

Fondly referred to as Ginny, Ross has served the national administration of hockey for 25 years in a period spanning from 1995 to 2014.

The 2013 Zimbabwe Technical Official of the Year has seen both periods of growth, success and considerable financial difficulty instability that was neglected by youth

Ross started her administrative career in hockey at the club level in 1983 when she was elected Chairman of the Eagles Hockey Club.

In 1990, she was graded by the FIH as an International Umpire and in 1997 she was elected as secretary of Haz for five years, before becoming an Executive Member in 2003 overseeing development and coaches.

In 2010, Ross was elected as vice-president of the Haz, until 2012, when she took up the position of honorary treasurer, a position she has only just relinquished.

In 2011, Ross was elected as a member of the African Hockey Federation.

Ross has presided over a number of FIH tournaments as an umpire.

In her various roles she has served as manager to the Zimbabwe national women’s Indoor team playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Through her coaching of both umpires and coaches, Ross has shared her knowledge of the game with many hundreds of hockey friends across the country.

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