Field Hockey Canada is excited to announce Emma Bray as the organization’s High-Performance Director. Bray, who previously held the role of Director of Performance Operations at Field Hockey Canada, will make the jump to further support the organization’s high-performance priorities.
Prior to her work at Field Hockey Canada, Bray came with immense experience in the South African hockey system, where she played, coached, and fulfilled many roles, including that of South African women’s team manager. Bray is a natural leader, with a proven background in high-performance sport.
The High-Performance Director role is critical in driving and supporting cultural and system change, and for performance of the Canadian hockey community. Field Hockey Canada CEO Susan Ahrens said that Bray’s work in these areas is already paying off and she is the perfect choice to take on the high-performance portfolio.
“Over the past year in her role as Director of Performance Operations, Emma has been a natural and skilled leader within our high-performance portfolio. She leads with integrity and in service to our national teams, our staff, and our community members,” Ahrens said. “This appointment is critical for the stability of our national programs and execution of high performance strategy, as well as being great for our athletes, for Field Hockey Canada and for our community as a whole. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Emma and look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”
Bray reflects on her time at Field Hockey Canada, and although the year hasn’t been without challenge, she’s excited about the work already accomplished and what is coming next.
“We have had some very real challenges. I feel incredibly excited that we’ve started to turn these into our biggest opportunities and build a strong team,” Bray said. “The support within our field hockey community has been really encouraging — a massive thank you to everyone for the contribution that they have made, and continue to make in the development of field hockey in Canada. We are starting to gain momentum off the back of these contributions.”
As Bray jumps into this new opportunity, she intends to support the maintenance and growth of a truly high-performance environment.
It’s my hope to ignite our Field Hockey Canada Team of Teams into supporting an even better performance environment,” Bray said. “I have great faith in our staff, athletes, board, partners and supporters to help us achieve the focus that we need to create a thriving environment together.”
From grass roots to high performance, Field Hockey Canada is working to develop and strengthen field hockey across the country, and to position our National Teams for consistent podium contention at international competitions, including the Pan American Games, Olympic Games and the Hockey World Cup.
Approximately 18,000 field hockey players across the country – 9,000 of which are a part of high school field hockey programs – dedicate themselves to the sport at all levels from community hockey to high performance. Their dedication and pursuit of excellence, along with the tireless work from coaches, officials, and all volunteers, makes for a Canadian field hockey community as strong as it has ever been.