Three-time Olympian Richard Campbell is a senior member of the Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks. He will make his fourth Olympic team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Born and raised in Newcastle, Richard took up water polo at age 10 and went on to represent Australia at the 2005 FINA Junior World Championships. He was named on the senior men’s team the following year and has been a consistent member of the squad since.
After claiming back-to-back bronze medals at the 2007 and 2008 FINA World League Finals, the centre back made his Olympic debut at the Beijing, 2008 Games where he was the youngest member of the Aussie Sharks team. In 2009 Richard claimed gold at the World University Games and competed at his first World Championships where the Sharks placed tenth.
Competing at his second Olympics at London, 2012, Richard netted eight goals for Australia who finished seventh. Four years later in Rio, he scored another eight goals for Australia who placed eighth.
Since then the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete, who has close to 300 caps, has claimed a silver medal at the 2018 FINA World Cup in Germany and bronze at the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Serbia.