Hockey India has bolstered the support staff of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams, with Rhett Halkett, Alan Tan, and Anthony Farry joining the ranks. The appointments come as both teams gear up for the upcoming Asian Games in China in 2023.
Rhett Halkett, a former South African international with 155 caps, will serve as the Analytical Coach for the Indian men’s hockey team. Halkett has previously coached the Netherlands Women’s Hockey Team, Scotland Men’s Hockey Team, and Scotland U-21 Men’s Hockey Team. His experience includes participating in the FIH Women’s Pro League 2020-21, European Championships, and Tokyo Olympics.
Alan Tan, a seasoned strength and conditioning coach, has been appointed as the Scientific Advisor for the men’s team. Tan brings over a decade of experience, having worked at the NSW Institute of Sport and serving as the National Development Squad Program Manager at Wheelchair Rugby Australia. He has also held positions at the University of Technology Sydney and Tennis Australia at the Sydney Training Centre.
Anthony Farry, former Japan Women’s Hockey Team Head Coach, will join the Indian women’s hockey team as their Analytical Coach. Farry’s impressive coaching career includes stints with Hockey ACT, Hockey Australia, and Canada Men’s Hockey Team, where he helped the team qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Farry has also led Japan’s Women’s Hockey Team to their first Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2018 and coached the USA Women’s Hockey Team.
The newly appointed coaching staff will work alongside the recently appointed Chief Coach for the men’s team, Craig Fulton, and head coach for the women’s team, Janneke Schopman. Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Tirkey expressed his gratitude to the Sports Authority of India for their swift processing of the appointments and their continued support in preparing the teams for the Asian Games.
With these new additions to the support staff, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams are in a strong position to compete in the 2023 Asian Games, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The new coaching staff will bring their expertise and international experience to help the teams reach their full potential and achieve success on the global stage.