Sharks to Unleash NSW Talent in Paris Olympic Pool

Published Wed 05 Jun 2024

The Aussie Sharks water polo team is making waves as they prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and New South Wales is a powerhouse of talent on this exciting team!

A staggering 10 NSW athletes have earned their spot on the 13-strong squad, showcasing the depth and strength of water polo in our state.

The full compliement of NSW talent includes:

  • Angus Lambie – NSW – UNSW Wests Magpies
  • Blake Edwards – VIC/NSW – Drummoyne Devils
  • Charlie Negus – NSW - UNSW Wests Magpies
  • Chaz Poot – NSW – Sydney University Lions
  • Jacob Mercep – NSW – Sydney University Lions
  • Lachlan Edwards – VIC/NSW – Drummoyne Devils
  • Marcus Berehulak – QLD/NSW – ACU Cronulla Sharks
  • Matthew Byrnes – NSW – UNSW Wests Magpies
  • Milos Maksimovic – NSW – ACU Cronulla Sharks
  • Nathan Power – NSW – UNSW Wests Magpies

Aussie Sharks Olympic Annooucment

Image courtesy of Getty Images/Australian Olympic Committee

Homegrown Coaching Talent
It's not just the players representing NSW on the world stage. The Aussie Sharks' coaching staff is also brimming with homegrown talent, with Head Coach Tim Hamill and Assistant Coaches Vedran Cirkovic and Andrew Yanitsas all hailing from New South Wales. Their expertise and leadership will undoubtedly be crucial in guiding the team to success in Paris.

A Blend of Experience and Fresh Faces The Aussie Sharks are a dynamic mix of seasoned veterans and Olympic newcomers. Co-captains Nathan Power and Blake Edwards bring valuable experience from their previous Olympic appearances, while 10 team members are making their Olympic debut – a testament to the exciting new generation of talent emerging in Australian water polo.

Sharks Ready to Take a Bite Out of the Competition

With the Paris Olympics just around the corner, the Sharks are laser-focused on their preparations. They'll be embarking on a crucial European tour, honing their skills against top international teams to ensure they're in peak condition come game time.

"The Aussie Sharks are a very hungry team," says co-captain Nathan Power. "We've got a team where the guys come from a lot of different backgrounds and different journeys. The crucial step for us in the build up to Paris will be our European tour...getting some more game time and repetitions against other elite level nations.”

NSW Proud

Water Polo NSW is incredibly proud of our athletes and coaches who have earned the honour of representing Australia at the Olympics. We wish them all the best in their preparations and look forward to cheering them on as they compete for gold in Paris.

Go Sharks!

All iImages courtesy of Getty Images/Australian Olympic Committee