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Keesja GOFERS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born16 Mar 1990 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Scott Nicholson
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English
Higher education
Architecture, Design - University of Sydney: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She played her first game of water polo at age six and joined a club at age 10.
Why this sport?
Her older sisters played water polo and she joined in when their team did not have enough players. "My sister's U14 team was short on players and they got me to fill in the numbers. I spent the game swimming away from everyone, the rest is history."
Club / Team
Sydney University Lions: Australia
Name of coach
Scott Nicholson [club, husband]; Scott Henderson [club]; Paul Oberman [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World League
Location
San Diego, CA, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Keesj (thewomensgame.com, 10 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Floristry. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, winning the Australian league title in 2016 and 2017, and being selected to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (total-waterpolo.com, 09 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian water polo player [and her sister] Taniele Gofers. (total-waterpolo.com, 09 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't wait for the ship to come, swim out to it." (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the 2013 National League in Australia. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 22 Jan 2014)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Taniele Gofers won bronze in water polo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her sister Allira Hudson-Gofers [handball, beach handball] and her brother-in-law David Hudson [beach handball] have also both competed internationally. Her husband Scott Nicholson has represented Australia at beach handball at senior level, and at junior level in water polo. (Sydney University Water Polo Facebook page, 27 Nov 2021; corporate.olympics.com.au, 18 Aug 2016; amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016; waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 30 Jun 2013; dailytelegraph.com.au, 17 May 2013, 29 May 2013)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In 2021 she launched a corporate team building business called KGro. She combines the business with floristry. "My business name is KGro. So, to explain that: my initials are KG, Keesja Gofers. And, you know, the business is all about growing your team's potential, growing your team's output, growing your business revenue. I've taken off the 'w' because as an athlete it's so important that we never stop growing. We never stop trying to learn, we have that learner mindset throughout our whole life, and that's what I want to try and encourage and bring to the corporate world. So in addition to being an athlete, an Olympian, my other passion is floristry. I used to explain this to people as being such a strange random, weird combination. Now I see these skills as my strength. During lockdown in 2020, I started doing bouquet-making online and loved doing that, loved sharing my story, loved teaching people a skill that they didn't know. Flowers add that bit of fun, a bit of uniqueness to the offering compared to other potential team-building companies." (LinkedIn profile, 13 Dec 2021; au.godaddy.com, 20 Sep 2021; Instagram profile, 31 Aug 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the Beach Water Polo Fours competition and National Tree Day in Australia. She has also served on the athlete commissions of the Oceania Swimming Association and the New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS], and as an alumni coordinator of the Water Polo Australia. (kgro.com.au, 01 Oct 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)

INTERNATIONAL BREAK
In 2013 she returned to compete for Australia after a three-year self-imposed break from international water polo. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 17 May 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
8 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
2 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team