Former New Zealand water polo forward Joe Kayes became an Australian citizen in 2015 and in Rio, 2016 he will pull on the green and gold cap when he makes his Olympic debut for the Australian Sharks.
Kayes, who was born in Auckland, played water polo in New Zealand until he was 17. He then moved to Europe and spent four seasons playing professionally in Hungary where he has two national championship titles to his name.
No water polo player from New Zealand has matched the professional success of Kayes, making him the country’s best ever water polo player. The half-Kiwi and half-Samoan athlete has forged a reputation as one of the best centre forwards in the world.
Kayes moved to Australia in 2014 and played in the National League for the WA Fremantle Mariners. He was forced to sit out of the 2015 World Championships in Russia as FINA rejected his request for a change of sporting citizenship – however the decision was overturned and he was given the green light to represent Australia in May 2016.
Kayes position on the Rio 2016 team was confirmed after his performances at the 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament in Japan and the 2016 World League Super Final in China where Australia placed 2nd and 5th respectively, with Kayes being one of Australia’s top goal scorers.
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Water Polo Men
Auckland, New Zealand
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 5th - 2016 World League Super Final (Huizhou, China)
- 2nd - 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament (Yokohama, Japan)
- 2x Hungarian cup champion
- Australian national league winner 2009
- Tahatai Coast Primary, Tauranga, NZ
- Mount Maunganui College, Tauranga, NZ
- Bachelor in Agricommerce 2011-
Elvis Fatovic 2013-current
Cronulla Sharks, Sydney, NSW, AUS
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Bicton Pool, WA
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