2012 London bronze medalist Holly Lincoln-Smith has her heart set on gold in Rio as the centre forward from Sydney makes her second Olympic appearance in 2016 on the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team.
Lincoln-Smith was inspired to try water polo at age 13 by her high school teacher – 2000 Olympic water polo gold medalist Debbie Watson. She competed in her first major senior international tournament at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, before having shoulder surgery later that year.
She was back in the pool in 2010, helping Australia win gold at the FINA World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand before making her Olympic debut at the 2012 London games, winning bronze in a penalty shootout against Hungary.
Lincoln-Smith met her husband James when she was 17 years old, as both were representing Australia in water polo. Her love story follows that of her parents, who also met playing water polo when they were at Sydney University.
In making the 2012 London team, Lincoln-Smith and her sister Emma became the first siblings to compete at a Summer and Winter Olympics for Australia. Emma competed in the skeleton at the 2012 Vancouver Winter Olympics where she placed 10th, the best ever result for an Australian.
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Water Polo Women
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London - 3rd (water polo)
- 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)
- Bronze Medal London 2012 Olympics
- Silver Medal World Championships Barcelona 2013
- Narrabeen Lakes Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Queenwood School for Girls (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Human Resource Management, Macquarie University (2006 - 2010)
Greg McFadden (2007 - current)
New South Wales Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Fruit salad and really good yoghurt
- Favourite holiday destination
- Any island with beautiful water
- Favourite music
- I am a massive R'n'B fan - especially 90s/really 00s
- Dream car
- Black Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- Live life without any regrets
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A coffee
- Ears pierced and a tattoo of 5 cherry blossoms and the name jessica on my left ankle. The flowers represent every member of my family and Jessica is my sister who passed away in 2009. Her favourite flowers were cherry blossoms. My other tattoo is the Olympic Rings which I got after London.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Rugby 7s
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Watching my sister compete at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics
- First Olympic Memory?
- I won a book about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when I was about 10 (about the only thing I have ever won) and I was glued to the pages. It sparked my dream of going to an Olympics.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My sisters Emma and Jess, my parents Vicki and Marcus and my husband James. Without these people I wouldn't be where I am and who I am. They are the strongest most inspiring people I know and make my life amazing
- Why this sport?
- I fell in love with water polo from the very first game I played. I watched my sisters play and my watches was Debbie Watson which was inspiring but honestly I love playing water polo.