With parents who both represented Australia in water polo, Zoe Arancini has always been passionate about the sport and will have the opportunity to showcase her experience and skills when she makes her Olympic debut at Rio.
Arancini won bronze at her FINA international debut at the 2009 World League Super Finals in Russia. The same year she was crowned the Australian Junior Women’s Player of the Year.
Arancini’s career highlights include silver at the 2010 FINA World Cup in New Zealand, bronze at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships in Italy and silver again at the 2013 World Championships in Spain.
The Western Australian born athlete plays for the Fremantle Marlins in the National League, which is coached by her father Peter Arancini. In 2015 she was named in the FINA World All Stars team.
Her father and mother, Wendy, have both played water polo for Australia, as well as her aunt, Megan. Her mother and aunt won gold at the 1986 World Championships and her mother was inducted into the Australian Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2009. Her father played for Australia at the 1981 World Junior Championships and was a regular state and national league player.
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Water Polo Women
Perth, WA, Australia
East Victoria Park, WA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 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)
- Selected in the All-Star Media Team at the World Championships in Kazan (Russia), 2015
- Silver at the World Championships in Barcelona (Spain), 2013
- Winning 4 National League Titles
- East Victoria Park Primary School, WA, Australia
- Kent Street Senior High School, WA, Australia
- Laboratory Medicine, Curtin University, 2012 -
Greg McFadden 2009 - current
Fremantle Marlins, Melville, WA, Australia
Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Salted caramel
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Anything but country
- Dream car
- One that gets me from one place to another
- Personal Motto
- Never ever give up
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Coffee or food or both
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Kieren Perkins winning the 1500m Freestyle in lane 8 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after barely qualifying
- First Olympic Memory?
- Ian Thorpe winning the 400m Freestyle at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My parents, they have always been supportive and have instilled in me a work ethic to always go for what I want
- Why this sport?
- Both my parents played and it was much more enjoyable than swimming