Rebecca Rippon

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Rebecca Rippon
Personal information
Full name Rebecca Marie Rippon
Nickname(s) Beccy, Mike, 4
Born (1978-12-26) 26 December 1978 (age 38)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Water polo
Club Cronulla Water Polo Club
Retired 2012
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2004 Summer, 2008 Summer

Rebecca Marie Rippon (born 26 December 1978) is an Australian water polo player. She represented Australia as a member of the Australia women's national water polo team at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal.

Personal[edit]

Rippon is from the Sydney area[1] of Chester Hill, New South Wales.[2] Her nicknames include Beccy, Mike, and 4. She is 167 centimetres (66 in) tall and weighs 72 kilograms (159 lb).[3] She has a sister, Melissa Rippon, who also plays water polo for Australia's national water polo team.[1] She has a step-sister Kate Gynther, who also has represented Australia in water polo.[4] Her mother died in 2000 as a result of breast cancer.[5]

Water polo[edit]

Rippon's home competition pool is Sutherland Leisure Centre.[6]

Club[edit]

Rippon played club water polo for Cronulla Water Polo Club in the National Water Polo League, until her 2012 retirement from the sport.[6] She was a member of the team in 2011.[7] Her team tried to encourage her to change her mind into the second month of the season.[8] The campaign to get her to return was led by her Serbian born coach Predrag Mihailovic.[9] She has also played for Balmain Water Polo Club in 2008 and 2010 in the National Water Polo League.[3][10][11]

In 2007, she played club water polo in Greece for Vouliagmeni Nautical Club and for the Balmain Tigers in the National Water Polo League.[12]

National team[edit]

Rippon has made 265 appearances for the Australian national team.[1] She won gold medals at a member of the national team at the 2006 World Cup and 2012 Pan Pacific. She won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships.[1] She was named to the team that competed in 2008 at the FINA world league preliminary round in Tianjin, China.[11] In a 2008 Asia-Oceania qualifier against China for the World League Super Finals, she played in the 11-9 win that went to a penalty shoot out. In the match, she scored a goal for Australia.[13] In 2009, she was a member of a team that compete at the FINA World Championships. She played in the semi-finals game against New Zealand that Australia won 14-4. In the game, she scored three goals.[14] After being cut from the national team competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she announced her retirement from the sport.[6] In April 2011, she attended a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport where the coach was "selecting a team for the major championships over winter."[15] In July 2011, she was a member of the Australian Stingers that competed in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai as a field player.[16] In preparation for this tournament, she attended a team training camp in Perth, Western Australia.[17] She competed in the Pan Pacific Championships in January 2012 for the Australian Stingers.[4]

Olympics[edit]

Rippon competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics on the Australia women's national water polo team.[1][3] She scored a goal late in the Bronze medal match against Hungary that helped her team win.[1] She was not chosen to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1][2][5][18] She was one of the last two players, alongside Lea Barta, before the final team for London was announced.[5] Prior to Rebecca Rippon being cut from the 2012 Olympic squad, .[1][2][5][18] sisters Kate Gynther, Melissa Rippon and Rebecca Rippon had hoped to become the first set of Australian siblings to all compete at three consecutive Olympic Games.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rippon misses Australia's water polo squad". Wwos.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Herbertson, Lisa (13 February 2012). "Shark circles Australian team berth - Waterpolo - Sport - Canterbury-Bankstown Express". Express.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bec Rippon Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Packwood, David (1 January 2012). "London looms as a splash and grab job - - COUNTRY SPORT". Sunday Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. p. 073. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tuxworth, Jon (21 February 2012). "Stinger survivors in the swim for third Olympics". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. p. 19.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "more-cuts" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ a b c Forrest, Brad (5 February 2012). "Push to get star in the pool - Local News - Sport - Waterpolo - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader". Theleader.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Sharks lose in shootout heartbreaker". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader. New South Wales, Australia. 9 May 2011. 2158629. 
  8. ^ Forrest, Brad (16 February 2012). "Forrest Fires: Water polo side tries to stay afloat". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader. New South Wales, Australia. 2458211. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Forrest, Brad (4 February 2012). "Push to get star in the pool". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader. New South Wales, Australia. 2441948. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Forrest, Brad (3 May 2011). "Cronulla power through to finals series". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader. New South Wales, Australia. 2151588. 
  11. ^ a b "Australian women's water polo team named". Canberratimes.com.au. 12 May 2008. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  12. ^ Heaney, Claire (23 February 2007). "Underwater warfare". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  13. ^ "Stingers beat China in pre-Olympic game". Canberratimes.com.au. 22 May 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2014. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  14. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (24 July 2009). "Mitcham pushes the enevelope". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  15. ^ "Canberra Times: Aussies hoping to bring US down". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia: Financial Times Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 20 April 2011. WCTS86960225. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Canberra Times: SCOREBOARD". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia: Financial Times Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 6 July 2011. WCTS88924540. 
  17. ^ "AAP News: WPOL:Stingers squad named for worlds". AAP News. Australia: Financial Times Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 5 July 2011. WAAP88910998. 
  18. ^ a b The two-time Olympian will not feature at the 2012 Games. "Rippon misses out | Water Polo | London 2012 | Sky Sports Olympics". .skysports.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  19. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (21 February 2012). "Stinger survivors in the swim for third Olympics". Canberra Times. Canberra AU. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  20. ^ Packwood, David (1 January 2012). "London looms as a splash and grab job - - COUNTRY SPORT". Sunday Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. p. 73.