Lea Yanitsas is a goalkeeper for the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team and is a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder.
Yanitsas was part of the 2016 Australia Women’s Water Polo Team who narrowly missed out on a place in the Olympic semi-finals after their quarter-final match with Hungary was decided on penalty shootout.
Yanitsas made her international debut in 2007 and since then has been consistently guarding the Stingers net. In 2012 Yanitsas and her Australian teammates won a silver medal at the FINA World Cup. The team produced another silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Following the birth of her son in 2018, Yanitsas was recalled to the Stingers squad and selected for the 2019 FINA World Championships where she and her teammates won the bronze medal against rivals Hungary. The competition also marked Yanitsas’ 150th cap for Australia.