Ash Southern

Ash Southern

Water Polo Schedule & Results

(Local) / 02:10 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Classification 5th-6th Place

10 (Lost)

12 (Won)



Ash Southern

(Local) / 11:00 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Women's Classification 5th-8th Place

11 (Won)

4 (Lost)



Ash Southern

(Local) / 03:30 PM 15 Aug (Rio)
Women's Quarterfinal

11 (Lost)

13 (Won)



Ash Southern

(Local) / 11:40 AM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round - Group A

10 (Won)

3 (Lost)



Ash Southern

(Local) / 10:20 AM 11 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round - Group A

8 (Won)

7 (Lost)



Ash Southern

(Local) / 01:00 PM 9 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary Round - Group A

4 (Lost)

14 (Won)



Ash Southern

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Athlete Biography

Born and raised in North Queensland, Ashleigh Southern began playing water polo in a local dam. She made her national debut in 2010 at the Longmont tournament in Sydney and immediately impressed, scoring a remarkable eight goals in a 10-8 victory over the USA.

Southern’s scoring prowess helped Australia claim silver at the 2010 World Cup and bronze at the 2011 World League Super Finals and by 2012 she was playing in every major tournament.

Southern made her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games and was the youngest member of the women’s water polo team at 19. She helped Australia claim the bronze medal in a nail biting 13-11 victory over Hungary. She hopes to better her third place standings at her second Games in Rio.

In 2015 Southern spent a season in Europe playing for the Greek club Olympiacos, winning the final of the 2015 LEN Euroleague.

Fellow Stinger teammate Holly Lincoln-Smith is one of Southern’s most influential role models, and she attributes her sporting success partly to Holly’s training and guidance.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London- 3rd (water polo)
  • 2010 Sydney- Silver

Recent Performances

  • 3rd – 2016 FINA World League Super Final (Shanghai, China)
  • 2nd – 2016 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament (Texas, USA)
  • 1st – 2015 Rio test event (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2nd – 2015 FINA World League Super Final (Shanghai, China)
  • 4th – 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)

Career Highlights

  • Bronze Medal, London 2012 Olympics
  • Silver Medal, World Championships 2013 Barcelona


  • Primary
    Cardwell Primary School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Gilroy Santa Maria College (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor Sports Managment- Griffith University (2013- present)


  • Coach
    Greg McFadden (2010 - current)
  • Club
    Brisbane Barracudas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Brisbane, Australia


I usually start some sort of superstition at the start of a tournament and carry it through to the end.
Favourite food
Acai Bowls
Favourite holiday destination
Greek Islands
Favourite music
Dream car
Range Rover Sport
Personal 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. - Michael Jordan
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Coffee and Cupcakes
Olympic Rings and Roman Numerals, Right ankle. Ears Pierced, 3 on each ear.
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Beach Volleyball looks fun.
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Aussie Stingers London Campaign
First Olympic Memory?
First day experience in the food hall.