#Rio2016 | Zalewski Added to Hockey Squad as Injury Replacement for White

Hockey | Published: Fri 15 July 2016

Hockey Australia has advised the Australian Olympic Committee of the withdrawal of Tristan White (NSW) and nomination of Western Australian Aran Zalewski as his replacement in the Australian Men’s hockey team bound for the Rio Olympics.

White sustained a tear to his posterior cruciate ligament during an internal training match, and will be unable to rehabilitate the injury in time to participate in the games which begin on August 5.

Hockey Australia High Performance Director, Andy Smith said: "It’s clearly devastating news for Tristan who has done very well to be selected in the final 16 in what would have been his first Olympics, following strong performances throughout 2016.

"Our senior centralised training environment provides strength and depth within the squad which has meant that we have been able to select Aran Zalewski into the 16 man team. Aran has been a regular member of the team over the last two years and narrowly missed out on selection initially.”

Finalising the full team, the three reserves who will travel to Rio with the team have been named as Jeremy Hayward, Tom Craig and Tyler Lovell.

 

With Zalewski added to the Australian Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Western Australia has 37 representatives in Brazil.