Ashleigh Southern

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Ashleigh Southern
Ashleigh Southern.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Australian
Born (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 22)
Ingham, Queensland, Australia
Residence Cardwell, Queensland, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Sport
Sport Water polo
Event(s) Women's team
Team Brisbane Barracudas

Ashleigh Southern (born 22 October 1992 in Ingham, Queensland) is an Australian water polo player. She is currently a student at Brisbane North Institute of TAFE and is studying criminal justice. In water polo, she is a centre forward or outside shooter who has represented Australia on the junior and senior national teams. She won a gold medal at the 2009 Youth Olympic Festival, a silver medal at the 2010 FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup, a bronze medal at the 2011 FINE World League and a bronze medal at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships. She has been selected for the 2012 Summer Olympics Australia women's national water polo team. She plays club water polo for the Brisbane Barracudas, where she won a league championship in 2010.

Personal[edit]

Southern was born on 22 October 1992 in Ingham, Queensland.[1][2] She is 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) tall,[3] and is right handed.[1] Southern has attended Cardwell State School and Gilroy Santa Maria College.[4] She lives in Cardwell, Queensland and attends the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, where she is studying for a Diploma of Justice.[1] Southern has a brother who has represented Australia on the junior national team.[1] In late 2011, she had an elbow injury.[5]

Water polo[edit]

Southern plays in the centre forward or outside shooter position,[1][6] She has worn number 4,[3][6] but prefers to wear the number 10 cap.[1][7] Southern first represented Queensland on a state level in water polo as a ten-year-old on the state's U14 team.[8] Southern started playing water polo in Townsville when she was eleven years old.[1] As a young player, she traveled between Cardwell and Townsville in order to play.[3] While competing for a school team, she was selected to participate in a development camp.[1] She won a water polo scholarship from the Queensland Academy of Sport in 2010,[9] and currently holds a water polo scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.[10] In 2008, Southern competed in the Women's International Series.[11] Her arm has been described as lethal, and better than most women players by Greg McFadden, the coach of the national team.[3] She is characterised by the Brisbane Courier Mail as being the "Happy Gilmore" of the national team.[6]

Club team[edit]

Southern plays club water polo for the Brisbane Barracudas in the National Water Polo League,[1][12] where she wears cap number 10.[7] Southern was with the team for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.[7][13][14] Her 2010 team won the league championship.[15] Prior to that, she played for the New South Wales based Drummoyne Devils in 2009.[16][17]

Junior national team[edit]

In January 2009, Southern was a member of the national team that competed at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival held in Sydney, and competed in the preliminary match against China that Australia won 17–10, scoring three goals.[18] She participated in the preliminary round loss to Hungary 19–17, scoring four goals.[19] At the same tournament, Southern scored one goal in the gold medal finals match where her team took silver following a 10–9 loss to Hungary.[20] In July 2010, she was a member of the Born ‘91 junior national team that toured New Zealand and the United States.[21] She was a member of the Australian side that finished third at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships.[2]

National team[edit]

Southern has competed for the Australian Stingers,[2] having made her debut in 2010 at the Longmont Tournament, which is also known as the Sydney Anniversary Tournament.[1][9] At that tournament she scored eight goals in a 10–8 finals win over the United States. In two other games in the tournament, Southern scored three goals in each.[9] She was a member of the Stingers squad that competed at the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010[9][22] that finished second.[1]

In February 2011, Southern was a member of the team that competed against Italy in the International Series in Perth, Western Australia. In the second and third matches against Italy, she scored one goal and netted another two goals in the fourth match. Southern was a member of the team that toured Europe in June 2011. At the Kirishi Cup, in Kirishi, Russia in June 2011, she scored three goals in the match against Greece, three in the match against Hungary and five in the match against Kazakhstan. She also scored a goal in a friendly against Italy.[23] That year, Southern was a member of the team that finished third at the FINA World League Finals.[1]

Southern competed in the Pan Pacific Championships in January 2012 for the Stingers,[24] scoring a goal in a Stingers 8–7 win over the United States.[25] She also scored one goal in the game against Brazil and two goals in the game against China. Southern was part of the team that competed at the International Series in Melbourne, Victoria, scoring two goals in the second match against Canada.[26] She was a member of the squad that competed in a January 2012 three game test series against the United States women's national water polo team. The team won two of the three matches, with scores of 12–13 in an opening series loss, winning 11–6 in the second match and winning the third match 12–7 clash at Sutherland Leisure Centre. Southern scored three goals in the first half of the final match in the series.[27]

In late February 2012, Southern was part of the Stingers squad that competed in a five game test against Great Britain at the Australian Institute of Sport, the team's first matches against Great Britain's national team in six years.[28] In the first game of the test series on 21 February 2012, which Australia won 13–5, she scored four goals.[29][30] Southern did not compete in the second or third games, but in Australia's fourth game victory of 14–8, she scored two goals.[31]

Olympics[edit]

In February 2012, Southern was named to the final training squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and as such, attended a training camp starting on 20 February 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport.[2] The squad of seventeen players will be cut to thirteen before the team departs for the Olympic games,[28] with the announcement being made on 13 June.[6]

Recognition[edit]

In 2010, Southern was named the Junior Runner Up at the Business Technology Centre North Queensland Sportstar Awards,[15] which included a A$1,000 prize that her mother picked up as Southern was unable to attend the award ceremony.[8] In 2011, she was named the Senior Runner Up at the Business Technology Centre North Queensland Sportstar Awards, which came with a A$500 prize,[4] and the won the Cassowary Coast Regional Councils Senior Sports Award.[15][32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Final Aussie Stingers Olympic train on Squad Announced". Au.ibtimes.com. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Flynn, Joe (2 February 2012). "Armed and dangerous". Cairns Post (Cairns, Australia). p. 42. TCP_T-20120202-1-042-870985. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Water polo star returns to school at Cardwell". Herbert River Express (Herbert River, Australia). 10 August 2011. p. 16. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Groudwater, Megan (24 December 2011). "Water babe eyes Games". Herbert River Express (Herber River, Australia). p. 20. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Brinsden, Colin (15 February 2012). "Powerhouse attacking shot recognised internationally". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Australian Water Polo Inc. "Australian Water Polo Inc.: Barracudas Women". Australia. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Bligh, Harry (7 July 2010). "Southern Sportstar". Innisfail Advocate (Innisfail, Australia). p. 13. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Southern makes Stingers". Innisfail Advocate (Australia). 18 August 2010. p. 16. 
  10. ^ Australian Institute of Sport. "AIS Women's Water Polo — Ashleigh Southern". Canberra, Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  11. ^ O'Carroll, Sarah (7 July 2008). "Water Polo, July 7". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  12. ^ 8 February 2012 12:10 pm (8 February 2012). "Four named in national squad". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2011). "Australian Water Polo Inc.: 2011 Brisbane Barracudas Women". Australia. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Brinsden, Colin (8 February 2012). "Four named in national squad". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c "Southern hailed for achievements". Innisfail Advocate (Innisfail, Australia). 21 May 2011. p. 20. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2009). "Australian Water Polo Inc.: 2009 Drummoyne Women". Australia. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  17. ^ Thompson, Michael (16 June 2009). "Southern star rises Water polo sensation set to play for nation". Herbert River Express (Herbert River, Australia). p. 12. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  18. ^ GR (16 January 2009). "Newcastle Herald". Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. p. 62. 20090116000030734964. 
  19. ^ Brinsden, Colin (14 January 2009). "Olympic Festival, Jan 15". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  20. ^ Brinsden, Colin (17 January 2009). "Youth Olympic Fest, Jan 18". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2012). "Australian Female Teams". Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Forrest, Brad (17 August 2010). "'Ticker' gets team a big win". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader (New South Wales, Australia). 1915382. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  23. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2011). "Australian Water Polo Inc.: 2011 Australian Women's Team and Results". Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  24. ^ Packwood, David (1 January 2012). "London looms as a splash and grab job – – COUNTRY SPORT". Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australi). p. 073. 
  25. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (12 January 2012). "First blood to Stingers". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). p. 8. 
  26. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. "Australian Water Polo Inc.: 2012 Australian Women's Teams and Results". Australia. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  27. ^ Eurosport – AAP (20 January 2012). "Stingers seal series win over USA – Olympic games – Eurosport Australia". Au.eurosport.com. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  28. ^ a b Tuxworth, Jon (21 February 2012). "Stinger survivors in the swim for third Olympics". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory). p. 19. 
  29. ^ "Scoreboard". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia). 22 February 2012. p. 19. 
  30. ^ "Ashleigh fires for Stingers". Herbert River Express (Herbert River, Australia). 25 February 2012. p. 15. HRE_T-20120225-1-015-174469. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  31. ^ "Australian Water Polo Inc.: Australia v Great Britain Test Series: Stingers too good for Brits". Sydney, Australia: Australian Water Polo. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  32. ^ "Southern stars at NQ awards". Herbert River Express (Herbert River, Australia). 21 May 2011. p. 12. Retrieved 29 February 2012.