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Kelsey WAKEFIELD
Sport Water Polo
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born01 Jun 1991 in Gold Coast, AUS
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - Griffith University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age 12.
Why this sport?
Her sister played water polo and needed someone to practise throwing balls at so she went in goal. They would train in the family swimming pool. "I enjoy the team aspect of the sport as no game is ever the same."
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Left
International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Australia
Location
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Kels (Facebook profile, 02 May 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian water polo players Mel Rippon and Kate Gynther. (australianwaterpolo.com.au, 20 Dec 2011; waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 28 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Later never exists." (amazonaws.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament in Lewisville, TX, United States of America. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 22 Feb 2016)

She was named Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the 2015 Canada Cup in Montreal, QC, Canada. (barracudaswp.com.au, 07 Jul 2015)
Other sports
In 2007 she was selected to join the Australian U17 development squad for athletics [high jump] and competed nationally throughout her high school years. In 2019 she represented Australia at the beach water polo world championships in the Republic of Korea. (waterpoloaustralia.com.au, 16 Jul 2019; WaterPoloAus YouTube channel, 20 Mar 2014; australianwaterpolo.com.au, 20 Dec 2011)
Other information
JUMP TO WATER POLO
She was a national-level high jumper at high school but eventually chose water polo. "I loved the training side of high jump, and not so much the training side of water polo, but I loved competitions with water polo because it had more team aspects and it was more enjoyable. So when I got invited to be a member of QIS [Queensland Institute of Sport], we started doing gym and that's when it started to conflict with high jump, and it just got put to the side and I kept improving with water polo. I also knew that [in high jump] it is really hard to make it as an Australian. We just don't get the same results as other countries and knowing Australia is one of the best countries in water polo, that definitely helped." (WaterPoloAus YouTube channel, 20 Mar 2014)

COACHING
She has been an assistant coach of the U18 women's Gold Coast water polo team in Australia. (Water Polo Queensland State Titles Program, 14 Jan 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 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