The 13-strong Australian Women’s Water Polo squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games has been announced, consisting of eight NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes.
Monday’s announcement by the Australian Olympic Committee will see NSWIS representatives making up 60% of the Aussie Stingers team, with the Institute’s Head Coach, Rebecca Rippon, filling the role of Assistant Coach in Tokyo.
The ‘Aussie Stingers’ have matched it with the best in the world, winning bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju Korea, and taking Olympic bronze at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
The team will start their campaign at Tokyo’s Tatsumi Water Polo Centre on 24 July 2021, with Australia drawn in Pool A with European Champions Spain, Netherlands, Canada and South Africa.
Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman congratulated the players on their selection.
“These are a tight knit, committed group of athletes who have shown incredible determination to make it through the trials of the pandemic to secure their spot in representing their country at this Olympic Games,” Mr Chesterman said.
“I congratulate them all and thank not only the athletes but all the coaching and support staff that have supported them on this incredible road to Tokyo.
“Our Water Polo team have an incredible record at the Olympics and I know this group, lead by Rowie Webster, is determined to add to that. Congratulations to all the players named to the Australian Olympic Team today.
“I also want to single out Bronwen – making a single Olympic is a phenomenal achievement, but to make a fourth Olympic Team is a rare and special milestone.”
“While we’re celebrating the announcement here today at the team’s training camp on the Sunshine Coast it’s also a great day for families, friends, supporters, teammates and coaches, right around the country, who have helped these 13 athletes achieve their Olympic dream.
Head coach Predrag Mihailovic said the team was united in their goals for Tokyo.
“I’m very proud of the team selected, it was a hard decision,” Mihailovic said. “We have a very good culture with individuals having their own goals and team goals. We are on the right track as a united group, we are getting comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”
“’There is a really great atmosphere in the team at the moment, in the last block of training there was plenty of hard training with the girls responding well. I am happy where we are, our preparations are the best they can be in these circumstances.”