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Holly
Lincoln-Smith
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 March 1988
Height
183 cm
Weight
82 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband James Young
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Planner
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Resources - Macquarie University: Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up water polo at age 13 at Mackellar Girls High School in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I fell in love with water polo from the very first game I played. I watched my sisters play under Debbie Watson, which was inspiring. I just loved playing water polo."
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Rome, ITA

General Interest

Most influential person in career
Her family and husband James Young. (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian skeleton slider Emma Lincoln-Smith [her older sister]. (catfishdesignlab.com, 09 Nov 2013)
Injuries
She required shoulder reconstruction surgery following the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She did not return to competitive action until November 2014. (aquaticsuperseries.com.au, 14 Jan 2015; dailytelegraph.com.au, 06 Nov 2014)

In 2009 she had shoulder reconstruction surgery. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 06 Nov 2014; australianwaterpolo.com.au, 06 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live life without any regrets." (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Australian Player of the Tournament at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (infoweb.newsbank.com, 27 Jan 2012)
Other sports
She competed in swimming and surf lifesaving at state level. (olympics.com.au, 27 Jul 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband James Young has also represented Australia internationally in water polo. Her older sister Emma competed in skeleton at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016; waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 22 Jan 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive water polo after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “I follow the water polo girls so much. I miss it. Those big competitions is what you play for, walking into that stadium is incredible, but I'm excited with what's ahead.” (dailytelegraph.com.au, 28 Jul 2017)

WEDDING GUIDE
She was the founder and runs the 'Little White Wedding Guide' wedding planning website. The site directs brides and grooms to venues and vendors they may need to use for their wedding day. "I got married in November 2014 but I have always loved weddings, and I don't mean that I dreamt about my wedding from when I was a little girl, I mean I wanted to be a wedding planner since I was a little girl." (thelittlewhiteweddingguide.com.au, 19 Apr 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2017)