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Ashleigh
Southern
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
22 October 1992
Height
188 cm
Weight
82 kg
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Sports Management - Griffith University: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up water polo at age 11 in Townsville, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I was a member of the local swim club and swam at multiple carnivals in north Queensland and then trialled for my school flippaball [mini water polo] team and we won the tournament in Townsville [QLD, Australia]."
Club / Team
Brisbane Barracudas: Australia
Name of coach
Damien Hicks [club]; Sakis Kechagias [national], GRE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Australia
Opponent
United States of America
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS

General Interest

Nicknames
Ash (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 19 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fina.org, 02 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
Australian water polo player Holly Lincoln-Smith. (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill. (olympics.com.au, 27 Jul 2012)
Injuries
In early 2015 she sustained a thumb injury. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 13 May 2015)

In 2012 she had wrist surgery. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 12 Feb 2014)

In December 2011 she suffered an elbow injury during the Canada Cup. (infoweb.newsbank.com, 24 Dec 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She usually starts some sort of superstition at the start of a tournament and carries it through to the end. (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed." [US basketball player Michael Jordan] (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Famous relatives
Her brother played water polo at junior international level. (australianwaterpolo.com.au, 20 Dec 2011)
Other information
BACKYARD POOL
Her father dug a pool in the family's back garden so she could train while at home. "Dad made us a goal and got some water polo balls and we used to train in there. I think the pool was a little bit more for themselves as well because it was summer." (townsvillebulletin.com.au, 22 March 2012)