Sophie Smith

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Sophie Smith
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Personal information
Born (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 28)
Brisbane, Queensland
Residence Queensland, Australia
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) (2011)
Weight 67 kilograms (148 lb) (2011)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Water polo
Event(s) Women's team
College team Hartwick College
Club Queensland Breakers

Sophie Smith (born 26 February 1986 in Queensland) is an Australian water polo centre back/drive currently living in Ashgrove. She is involved with fashion design. She has played for the Victorian Tigers and the Queensland Breakers in the National Water Polo League. She has represented Australia in water polo on the junior and senior level, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 FINA Junior World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2010 FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup. She is attempting to make the final team that will represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal[edit]

Smith was born on 26 February 1986 in Brisbane.[1][2][3] She attended the Brisbane Girls Grammar School.[1][4] In 2005, she was living in Brisbane, Queensland.[5] She attended Hartwick College in New York on a water polo scholarship.[5] Smith is a student at the Queensland University of Technology, where she is completing a degree part-time in Bachelor of Creative Industries with a focus on fashion design.[1][3] She has a job working for Kim Ring, a Brisbane stylist,[3] and does work as a styling assistant and make up artist.[1]

Smith is 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) tall, weighs 67 kilograms (148 lb), is right handed and has a tattoo on her left heel.[1]

Water polo[edit]

She is introduced along with other players on the national team before the first game in the Australia versus Great Britain test.

Smith is a centre back/driver and prefers to wear cap number 3.[1] She started playing water polo as a thirteen-year-old while at the Brisbane Grammar School.[1][4]

Club water polo[edit]

Smith currently plays club water polo for the Queensland Breakers in the National Water Polo League,[3] and was with the team for their 2009 season.[6] She has also played for the Brisbane Barracudas, and was on the 2008 squad.[4][7] The annual match between KFC Breakers and Barracudas is considered is one the Courier Mail considers a grudge match. She participated in the 2008 edition with her team.[8] In 2012, she played for the Victorian Tigers.[9] She has also played club polo in the United States and Italy.[4] She played water polo on the university level for Hartwick College.[5] In 2008, Smith played for an Australian Institute of Sport team.[4]

Junior national team[edit]

Smith has represented Australia on the junior national level. In 2004, she was a member of the team that toured Europe in July and August.[10] She was part of the Australian junior national team that competed at the 2005 World Junior Championships held in Perth, Western Australia. The team beat Greece 10-4 for the bronze medal game. The team's only loss in the tournament was a 4–5 loss to the United States.[5]

Senior national team[edit]

Smith is a member of the Australian Stingers,[2] having always wanted to get on the team.[4] Her first major international competition was the 2009 FINA World Championships held in Rome.[1]

Smith was a member of the Stingers squad that competed at the 2010 FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand.[11][12] In Australia's semi-final victory over Russia, she fouled out.[13] In May 2010, she was a member of the team that competed at the FINA World League Asia-Oceania zone held in Osaka, Japan and Tianjin, China.[14] In 2011, she was one of five Queensland women to compete for the Australians Stingers at the FINA World League competition held in Auckland, New Zealand.[15][16] In July the same year, she was a member of the Australian Stingers that competed in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.[17] In preparation for this tournament, she attended a team training camp in Perth, Western Australia.[18] She competed in the Pan Pacific Championships in January 2012 for the Australian Barbarians.[19] In February 2012, she was named to the final training squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and as such, will attend a training camp starting on 20 February 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport.[2] The team of seventeen players will be cut to thirteen before the team departs for the Olympic games,[20] with the announcement being made on 13 June.[21] She was part of the Stingers squad that competed in a five game test against Great Britain at the AIS in late February 2012. This was the team's first matches against Great Britain's national team in six years.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Australian Water Polo Inc. "Australian Water Polo Inc.: Smith, Sophie". Sydney, New South Wales: Australian Water Polo Inc. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Final Aussie Stingers Olympic train on Squad Announced". Au.ibtimes.com. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Anatomy of a Champion". Westside News (Brisbane, Australia). 1 February 2012. p. 055. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Johnson, Matt (13 March 2008). "water polo Olympics beckon". City South News (Brisbane, Australia). p. 61. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Bronzed Aussies dig deep". North West News (Brisbane, Australia). 9 February 2005. p. 70. NWN_T-20050209-1-070-796416. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2009). "2009 KFC Women". Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2009). "2008 Barracudas Women". Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  8. ^ 10 February 2008 11:00 pm (10 February 2008). "Mark 'The Ear' Oberhardt's take on sport". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2012). "2012 Victorian Tigers Women". Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2004). "2004 Australian Women's Teams". Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Southern makes Stingers". Innisfail Advocate (Australia). 18 August 2010. p. 16. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "AAP News: WPOL:Australia v US in women's final". AAP News (Australia: Financial Times Limited – Asia Africa Intelligence Wire). 21 August 2010. WAAP80888188. 
  14. ^ Australian Water Polo Inc. (2012). "Australian Female Teams". Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sports extra with Brent O'Neill". City North News (Brisbane, Australia). 12 May 2011. p. 047. 
  16. ^ "Sports extra with Jacob Grams". North West News (Brisbane, Australia). 11 May 2011. p. 071. 
  17. ^ "Canberra Times: SCOREBOARD". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia). Financial Times Limited – Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 6 July 2011. WCTS88924540. 
  18. ^ "AAP News: WPOL:Stingers squad named for worlds". AAP News (Australia: Financial Times Limited – Asia Africa Intelligence Wire). 5 July 2011. WAAP88910998. 
  19. ^ Packwood, David (1 January 2012). "London looms as a splash and grab job – - COUNTRY SPORT". Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia). p. 073. 
  20. ^ a b Tuxworth, Jon (21 February 2012). "Stinger survivors in the swim for third Olympics". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory). p. 19. 
  21. ^ Brinsden, Colin (15 February 2012). "Powerhouse attacking shot recognised internationally". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012.