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Bronwen
Knox
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 April 1986
Height
182 cm
Weight
88 kg
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Development Officer, Health Care Professional, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - Griffith University: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in water polo at age 14 in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I was introduced to water polo through a friend at school, as the club needed some extra players for the Saturday competition and I was a good swimmer, so I was invited to come along to the games to make up the numbers. It combined everything I enjoy about playing a sport. I loved being in the water, as well as the challenge of playing a team sport. The combination of swimming and a ball sport was too much to pass up."
Club / Team
Queensland Breakers: Australia
Name of coach
Sakis Kechagias [national], GRE; Amanda Leeson-Smith [club]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Australia
Opponent
New Zealand
Location
Canberra, ACT, AUS

General Interest

Nicknames
Bron, Bronnie (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 19 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (total-waterpolo.com, 12 Apr 2018; waterpoloaustralia.co.au, 23 Jul 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her family and particularly her mother. (waterpoloaustralia.co.au, 23 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol
Australian water polo player Naomi McCarthy. (total-waterpolo.com, 12 Apr 2018; waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 12 Feb 2014)
Injuries
In November 2015 she fractured her collarbone while competing in a test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She returned to competition in May 2016. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 05 May 2016)

In late 2014 she chipped some bone off her left elbow and required arthroscopic surgery. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 25 Feb 2015)

In early 2013 she was troubled by a groin injury. (australianwaterpolo.com.au, 18 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods." (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2012 she was inducted into the Hartwick College Athletics Hall of Fame in the United States. (collegiatewaterpolo.org, 09 Aug 2014)

In 2006 she received All-American and All-Academic honours while competing for Hartwick College. (Australian Water Polo, 02 Mar 2007)

In 2005 she was named as Hartwick College's Female Athlete of the Year, the Collegiate Water Polo Association [CWPA] Northern Division Player of the Year, and the CWPA Eastern Championships Most Valuable Player [MVP]. (Hartwick College, 07 Jun 2006)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather William Knox was a member of the Queensland state parliament from 1956 to 1989. He served as deputy premier of Queensland from 1976 to 1978. (olympics.com.au, 13 Jun 2012)
Other information
COACH
In the 2017 National Water Polo League she held dual roles as a player and the coach of the Queensland Breakers team. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 09 Apr 2017)

DEVELOPMENT ROLE
In 2017 she took up a role with Water Polo Queensland as a development officer, working with schools and communities across the state to grow participation in the sport. "When I heard of the opportunity, I jumped at the chance." (waterpoloqld.com.au, 07 Dec 2016; LinkedIn profile, 2017)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
After she was sidelined for six months with a broken collarbone suffered in November 2015 at a test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she considered quitting the sport before the Games. "It has been a hard road coming back. In 12 years, I have not had more than eight weeks off so to have that, mid-prep, is not ideal. When I first found out what the injury was, I was thinking 'oh no, this is my Olympic dream over. Am I going to get back in time? Is it worth getting back and am I going to be at my peak?' There was that thought, but I was not willing to step away nine months out after three-and-a-half years of work. I was willing to do whatever it took." (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 05 May 2016; corporate.olympics.com.au, 05 May 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a graduate diploma in emergency and disaster management from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. In 2016 she began studying a law degree at Queensland University of Technology. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2018)

TATTOO
She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on the top of her right foot. (olympics.com.au, 13 Jun 2012)

AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN
She was captain of the Australian national women's water polo team from 2013 to 2016. (total-waterpolo.com, 12 Apr 2018)