Sights on Rio polo

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE wa­ter polo prod­uct Elle Ar­mit hopes her role in help­ing Aus­tralia to gold can put her in the frame for a dream Olympic call- up.

Ar­mit, 23, is back in North Queens­land for a break af­ter help­ing the Aus­tralian team to their first wa­ter polo medal at the World Univer­sity Games in Gwangju, South Korea, ear­lier this month.

Now based in Bris­bane, Ar­mit started in all seven games as the Aus­tralians went through the tour­na­ment un­de­feated, in­clud­ing a 6- 3 win over Canada in the fi­nal.

Aus­tralia’s pre­vi­ous best fin­ish at the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment was fifth.

“Go­ing into the tour­na­ment we set a team goal of mak­ing the top four,” Ar­mit said.

“It got to that point and our coach said to us, ‘ Well, we’ve made our goal now, do you guys want to go home?’

We set a team goal of mak­ing top four

ELLE AR­MIT

“We said no and went for the gold.”

Ar­mit, a for­mer Townsville Wa­ter Polo Club player, scored five goals in seven matches as Aus­tralia’s main cen­tre for­ward.

While she missed the Aus­tralian Stingers side for the world cham­pi­onships, which started in Kazan in Rus­sia on Sun­day, the Queens­land Academy of Sport mem­ber hopes that she can make the se­nior women’s team for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Wa­ter Polo Aus­tralia will name a 20- player squad in prepa­ra­tion for the Olympics.

“It’s def­i­nitely been a goal of my en­tire ca­reer to make the Olympics,” she said.

“It’s just step by step and see what hap­pens.”

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