DEBBIE Watson OAM earned the right to represent Australia playing water polo, winning gold at World Cup, World Championship and Olympic levels, while earning herself the reputation as the best player – not just in Australia – but the world.
Ms Watson has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the past 16 years, and will be attending the Dubbo Australia Day celebrations in Victoria Park to give a keynote address.
Speaking to Dubbo Photo News from Brisbane where she was commentating two water polo test matches between Japan and Australia at the Australian Junior Water Polo championships, her involvement with the sport today is primarily as a coach and Olympic commentator.
Her journey to reach the peak of her sport in the 1980s and ‘90s however was very different compared to today.
“I was a bit naïve when I first started playing. I didn’t even know they had world championships. Today the kids know everything, all about the Olympics, they know the pathways, and everything’s spelled out for them. All the information is so accessible.
“I was just playing the game because I loved it. I got through very
Debbie Watson makes a backhand pass as Kazakstan challenges during a preliminary waterpolo match at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Australia won 9-2. PHOTO: AP VIA AAP/GREG BAKER/©2000 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS