water polo athletes Jamie Beadsworth, Tim Cleland and Aaron Younger have today
been selected by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for the 2012 London
The three WAIS scholarship holders will form part of the
13-member Australian Sharks men’s water polo team for London, with the group
aiming for its first ever Olympic medal.
27 year-old centre-forward Jamie Beadsworth will compete
at a second Olympic Games having represented the Sharks at Beijing in 2008, and
will compete in London along with his younger sister Gemma Beadsworth, who was
selected for the women’s water polo team last month.
20 year-old Olympic debutant Aaron Younger is the
youngest member of the Sharks squad, but will head to London with plenty of
confidence having played professionally in Hungary for the past two seasons.
Fremantle Mariners club representative Tim Cleland will also
compete at Olympic level for the first time, with the 27 year-old one of
Australia’s most consistent performers over the past four years.
Australian Head Coach John Fox believes his team has a
strong mix of youth and experience and is confident with the team’s preparation
ahead of competition at the London Olympic Park Water Polo Arena.
"This Olympic team will be the best prepared of any
team to have had the distinction of representing our country,” he said.
"The final composition of the team contains a
balanced mix of experience along with youthfulness.
The three selected athletes have taken WA’s numbers for
the London Games to 42 athletes.
A full biography on Jamie Beadsworth, Tim Cleland and
Aaron Younger can be found on the AOC's official website - http://london2012.olympics.com.au/athlete-search?sport=AF74858E-5056-B04A-536C209A6AE56198