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FORMER GREATS LEAD THE NEXT GENERATION


The countries best born 2002 waterpolo prospects have been training hard in Brisbane under the guidance of one of Australia's most capped waterpolo players, John Fox and swimming legend Jon Sieben.

Fox himself played 383 internationals between 1985-1998, of which 76 were as captain and competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul '88, Barcelona '92 ). Foxy played in four World Championships and three Fina World Cup Tournaments.

After his playing career came to a close he dedicating much of his time to coaching and producing some of Australia's most successful players that have gone onto great things in waterpolo. He went on to leading the Aussie Sharks to 7th position at the Beijing Olympics 2008.

The junior Sharks are preparing for 5th FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships to be held in Istanbul Turkey, August 22 - 30.

The team is his high esteem, managed by Jon Sieben who is no slouch in International glory, having won the 200 metres butterfly at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics representing one of the most remarkable upsets in swimming history.

Sieben went into the Olympic final as an absolute outsider, overshadowed in terms of reputation by the world-beaters Michael Gross, of West Germany, and Pablo Morales, of the United States. Gross was 200 centimetres tall, with arms that measured 225cm outstretched; they called him “the Albatross”, and his powerful wingspan enabled him to cover 50m in three strokes fewer than Sieben. Even at a less awesome 188cm, Morales still towered nearly 15cm above Sieben, the youngest and most untried swimmer in the race. Sieben was 17, and many thought he had done well enough already - having swum two seconds better than his previous best to qualify.

Sieben didn’t agree. He refused to be intimidated by Gross, who had already won two gold medals and was a clear favourite to make it three.


On the pool-deck before the Olympic final, he told his exuberant coach Laurie Lawrence to settle down. “I know what I’m doing,” he said.


He certainly did: swimming to his own plan, he was well back early, but exploded over the final stretch, powering past the leaders to win in the world record time of 1:57.04 - four seconds better than he had ever swum before Los Angeles.

by Simon Daley Academywaterpolo





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