Today was a significant day in the very short history of Canberra’s newest national football league team with Canberra United pleased to announce its first major appointments.
Today was a significant day in the very short history of Canberra-s newest national football league team with Canberra United pleased to announce its first major appointments, with the naming of ACT Senator, Kate Lundy as the Independent Chair and National Team Assistant Robert Hooker as coach for the inaugural season.
Senator Lundy will immediately assume the position Independent Chair of Canberra United. Sport has been a lifelong passion for the former Federal Shadow Minister for Sport who played a role in the Senate enquiry into ‘Women in Sport- which initiated the implementation of the Westfield W-League and its media exposure via free to air broadcast.
The high profile Senator is thrilled with the opportunity to be involved in sport at the highest level.
“It-s a brilliant opportunity; it-s such an exciting time for Canberra as a region to have a team in the new women-s Westfield W-League,” the Senator said.
“We-ve got a lot to offer here and this team will prove it.”
Canberra United-s first season will be in safe hands with the appointment of former Socceroo Robert Hooker as the team-s Head Coach for the inaugural season. Hooker had a stellar playing career expanding over seven National Soccer League clubs (over 400 games) including the former Canberra Cosmos before finishing his career with the Belconnen United Blue Devils. Since his playing days Hooker has turned his hand to coaching with a stint in the American Women-s National League, returning to Australia to assume the role of head coach of the ACTAS Women-s Football Program and the Assistant Coach of the Australian Women-s National Team, Matildas.
“Despite not having an A-League team, being the only team in the league in that situation, it gives us an opportunity for girls in the ACT and surrounding region to strive and having something to aim for now” recently appointed Robbie Hooker said.
With the Chair and Head Coach now appointed, player recruitment is the next stage towards kick off for the Westfield W-League set to begin late October.