02 November 2016
Hockey Australia has appointed AIS Performance Manager Toni Cumpston to the position of Hockey Australia High Performance Director, replacing Andy Smith who left the role in September 2016.
Cumpston comes from a high performance sports background, which most recently saw her spend the last three years at the AIS where she worked with Equestrian Australia, Netball Australia, Sailing Australia, Water Polo Australia, Basketball Australia and Wheelchair Rugby.
Previously, Cumpston worked as High Performance Manager for Hockey New Zealand, as an assistant coach for the Hockeyroos, and as head coach of the Victorian Institute of Sports women’s program. Cumpston has also been a Hockey Australia Board appointed national selector.
On her appointment, Cumpston said: 'I am thrilled to be returning to Hockey Australia at this exciting time when we will be looking to mould the shape of Australian hockey ahead of the home Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, and with the upcoming appointment of new head coaches for the Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras. I look forward to getting settled in Perth and beginning this new challenge.'
Acting AIS Director Dean Kenneally said: 'During her time at the AIS as a Performance Manager, Toni has made an exceptional contribution to the high performance sector, especially through her support of sports within her portfolio. The AIS has been fortunate to have someone of Toni’s calibre on staff and we are delighted that her expertise and passion for Australian high performance sport will continue with Hockey Australia.'
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale was delighted to have Cumpston join his team.
'Toni’s extensive sporting and hockey experience, and success across high performance sport in a range of different roles makes her the ideal candidate to lead our sport forward over the next four-year cycle as we look towards Tokyo 2020.'
Cumpston will begin in the role on Monday, 5 December.