Former Namibian men’s hockey team captain Reagon Graig was elected as the new President of the Namibia Hockey Union.
Reagon started playing hockey in 1989 and featured for the national team before he transformed to being a player, coach and official.
Craig will serve as the Namibia Hockey Union President for a three-year term succeeding the precious President Marc Nel who passed away some two months ago.
To honour the late President of the new Namibia Hockey Union Reagon early priority is the completion of the Hockey AstroTurf at the Doc Jubber Hockey Stadium. A project that we started by the late Marc Nel.
Graig was quoted by the Namibia Hockey Union saying “I would love to see the Players at the centre of the sport, nurturing talent from schools hockey to playing for the Senior National Teams. We need to increase the number of supporters by actively marketing the positive image of hockey and by creating a fun family experience at games. To achieve these goals it is key that we are well-governed and provide the right facilities, ie “A home for hockey”. Finally, by bringing the business of hockey into the mix we can raise the necessary funding to support our development programs and further the element of professionalism in the sport.”
One of the first National team challenges under Graig’s guidance will be the Under 21 Men’s National team travelling to South Africa to compete in a Test series against the South African Under 21 Men’s team. The U21 National team was supposed to compete in the Junior Africa Cup in Namibia in August 2021, which was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In 2022 the National Indoor ladies will travel to Belgium to compete in the Indoor World Cup and both the National Women’s and Men’s teams will also compete in the Africa Cup of Nations for Field hockey in Ghana.