Gemma Beadsworth

Gemma Beadsworth

Water Polo Schedule & Results

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

10 (Lost)

12 (Won)



Gemma Beadsworth

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

11 (Won)

4 (Lost)



Gemma Beadsworth

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

11 (Lost)

13 (Won)



Gemma Beadsworth

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

10 (Won)

3 (Lost)



Gemma Beadsworth

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

8 (Won)

7 (Lost)



Gemma Beadsworth

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

4 (Lost)

14 (Won)



Gemma Beadsworth

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Athlete Biography

Gemma Beadsworth will be looking for her third Olympic medal when she competes at Rio after winning Olympic bronze in the 2008 and 2012 women’s water polo tournaments.

The Western Australian was the youngest member of the Beijing 2008 team, turning 21 a month before the Games. Beadsworth’s nine goals placed her among the tournament’s top ten scorers. The bronze medal final against Hungary was decided in a penalty shoot-out, the final score being 12-11. In 2012, the bronze medal game again featured Australia and Hungary, where the Stingers took out the match 13-11 in penalty shootout, with Beadsworth scoring ten tournament goals.

The right-handed centre forward started playing water polo at age eight. She made her first appearance on a national team in 2005, winning bronze at the Junior World Championships in Perth and placing sixth at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

A love of the sport runs in the family, with her brother Jamie playing water polo for Australia at the Beijing and London Games. The Beadsworth siblings made their Australian team debuts together in 2005 and Olympic debuts together in 2008.

Beadsworth has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Curtin University of Technology and is an Assistant Development Manager at Peet Limited Land Developer.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 3rd (water polo) 2008 Beijing - 3rd (water polo)

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)
  • 4th – 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning our quarter final against China at the London Olympics 2012, in a penalty shootout, with half the team fouled out, getting through to the final four.
  • Winning my first bronze medal in Beijing against Hungary, our goalie making three penalty shootout saves to win.
  • Opening Ceremony at the Beijing Olympics, my first games, the noise was deafening and unlike anything I had ever experienced


  • Primary
    St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA, Australia
  • Secondary
    St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Commerce, Curtin University of Technology (2006-2010)


  • Coach
    Greg McFadden (2005 - current)
  • Club
    Melville Water Polo Club, Western Australia, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    Western Australian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Perth, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Canberra, Australia


No superstitions they mess with your head too much!
Favourite food
Difficult to choose, love most/all food! (Cheese, Sashimi, Lamb ragu & Bistecca florentina)
Favourite holiday destination
Barcelona, Majorca, Pedraza, Tenerife anywhere in Spain really, can't wait to go back.
Favourite music
Florence, Flight Facilities, The Bearded Man, Groove Armada
Dream car
Porsche Cayenne
Personal Motto
I don't really get caught up in self talk, after coming back from semi-retirement, I want to make the most of my last opportunity at an Olympics Games and focus on what I need to do to contribute to the team.
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
On black!
Nothing of note! Only my ears pierced
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Basketball, so I could hang out with the Dream Team
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Winning our quarter final in London 2012, after extra time and penalities
First Olympic Memory?
Walking into the olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony in Beijing was the most unforgettable experience, the atmosphere was electric and the crowd was incredible.
Most Influential person in your career/life
In getting me to my final Olympics the support of my partner, Sam, who encouraged me to consider the possibility of a comeback and helped me make it a reality and to my parents who have provided me with unconditional love and support and I have relied on them from the beginning.
Why this sport?
I have always enjoyed team sport, loved being in the water and the unpredictable and exciting nature of the game