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Goalkeeper with plenty of bite

A Coast water polo player is part of our Olympic team heading to Paris.

The Sunshine Coast’s latest Olympic debutant has been named ahead of the Paris Games in July.

Former St Andrew’s Anglican College student Nic Porter will be part of the Australian men’s water polo team, known as the Sharks.

The 13-man squad is made up of 10 debutants and so far brings the Australian Olympic Team size to 100.

Porter is a successful goalkeeper who began playing the sport in Year 4.

He represented his school, before going on to wear caps for Queensland and Australia.

He has also played for teams in America and Europe.

Head coach Tim Hamill has congratulated his players on their selection.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for the players selected to represent the Australian Men’s Water Polo Team in Paris,” he says.

“Over the last three years, the entire squad has been working very hard and I certainly saw a sense of relief from many of the players post-selection.

“It’s the biggest thing that you can do as a water polo player in the world, and as a country we know how celebrated our Olympians are.

“It’s a really exciting time and I can’t wait until the first whistle against Spain on July 28.

“What you’ll see from the Aussie Sharks in Paris is that we’re an extremely enthusiastic and motivated group and we don’t fear any opponent.

I’m excited to see how we all perform on the world stage and in the big dance in two months’ time.”

The men’s water polo competition is a 12-team tournament and will take place at the Paris Aquatic Centre and the Paris La Defense Arena from July 28 to August 11. Australia has been drawn in Group B against Tokyo Olympics champion Serbia, bronze medallist Hungary, Japan, Spain and host France.

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