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Ashleigh SOUTHERN
Sport Water Polo
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born22 Oct 1992 in Ingham, AUS
Height1.88 m
Weight 82 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Marketing, Sports Management - Griffith University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up water polo at age 11 in Townsville, QLD, Australia. Her father dug a pool in the family's back garden so she could practise at home. "Dad made us a goal and got some water polo balls and we used to train in there. I think the pool was a little bit more for themselves as well because it was summer."
Why this sport?
"I was a member of the local swim club and swam at multiple carnivals in north Queensland and then trialled for my school flippaball [mini water polo] team and we won the tournament in Townsville [QLD, Australia]."
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Australia
Opponent
United States of America
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Ash (Facebook profile, 03 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Kincoppal-Rose Bay School Facebook page, 23 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill. (olympics.com.au, 27 Jul 2012)
Injuries
In January 2018 she had a shoulder injury that ruled her out of a national team camp. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 07 Mar 2018)

In early 2015 she injured her thumb. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 13 May 2015)

In 2012 she had wrist surgery. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 12 Feb 2014)

In December 2011 she injured an elbow during the Canada Cup. (infoweb.newsbank.com, 24 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed." [US basketball player Michael Jordan] (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Milestones
When she played in Australia's opening match against Italy at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was the youngest female Australian water polo player to have competed at the Olympic Games, at age 19 years and 292 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Sep 2021; London 2012 Results Book, 30 Jul 2012)
Famous relatives
Her brother played water polo at junior international level. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 20 Dec 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In November 2021 she began working as a sports officer at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney, NSW, Australia. She has previously worked as a sports assistant at Kincoppal-Rose Bay school and as a digital and communications intern at the New South Wales Waratahs rugby union club. (LinkedIn profile, 24 Jan 2022; Kincoppal-Rose Bay School Facebook page, 23 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
3 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
2 2010 Christchurch, NZL Team