Name Gemma Beadsworth
Residence Cottesloe, Australia
Club Fremantle Marlins
Weight 79 kg
|Event(s) Women's team|
Height 1.80 m
Sport Water polo
Role Olympic athlete
Siblings Jamie Beadsworth
|Born 17 July 1987 (age 28) (1987-07-17) Perth, Australia|
Olympic medals Water polo at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Similar People Bronwen Knox, Glencora Ralph, Alicia McCormack, Holly Lincoln‑Smith, Nicola Zagame
'Think.Act.Play' with Gemma Beadsworth
Gemma Jane Beadsworth (born 17 July 1987) is an Australian water polo centre forward. She has had scholarships for water polo from the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She plays for the Fremantle Marlins in the National Water Polo League. She has represented Australia on a junior and national level. She won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and was chosen as a member of the 2012 Summer Olympics Australia women's national water polo training team. She has also won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championship, a gold medal at the 2006 World Cup and a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup.
- ThinkActPlay with Gemma Beadsworth
- Water polo
- Club water polo
- Junior national team
- Other national team appearances
Gemma Beadsworth was born on 17 July 1987 in Perth, Western Australia. She attended St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, and helped officially open an Olympic size pool at the school in August 2011. She has a brother, Jamie Beadsworth, who also represented Australia in water polo at the 2008 Summer Olympics as centre forward.
Beadsworth plays water polo and is centre forward. As of 2012, she is a member of the Australia women's national water polo team, of which she was the team captain in 2011. She has had a water polo scholarship from the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She currently holds a water polo scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Club water polo
In 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, she played for the Fremantle Marlins in the National Water Polo League. During 2010, she was coached by Wendy Arancini, the mother of fellow senior national team member Zoe Arancini. In March 2012, she became the third woman in the National Water Polo League to play two hundred games in the league when her team played the Sydney University side.
Junior national team
Beadsworth has represented Australia on the junior national level. In 2004, she was a member of the team that toured Europe in July and August. In 2005, she was on the junior side that competed in the VI FINA World Junior Championships in Perth, in January. She was a member of the junior national side at the 2007 FINA U20 World Championships in Porto, Portugal, one of only two Western Australians on the team and the team captain. Australia won the Championship.
As a 20-year-old, Beadsworth was one of four women from Western Australia who were members of the 2008 Summer Olympics squad. In the opening game of pool play, in which Australia beat Greece 8–6, she scored four goals. Her team ended up in the bronze medal match after losing 8–9 to the United States in the semi finals and playing against Hungary for the bronze. Earlier in the Olympics, her team had tied the Hungarians. In February 2012, she was named to the final training squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and attended training camp that started on 20 February 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport. The team of seventeen players will be cut to thirteen before the team departs for the Olympic games, with the announcement being made on 13 June.
Other national team appearances
Beadsworth represented Australia at the 2005 World Championships held in Canada. She scored a goal in Australia 9–2 semi-final win over the Netherlands. She competed for Australia in the 2007 FINA World League Asia-Oceania qualifiers. In Australia's 16–8 defeat of New Zealand, she scored four goals. She was named to the team that competed in 2008 at the FINA world league preliminary round in Tianjin, China. In a 2008 Asia-Oceania qualifier against China for the World League Super Finals, she played in the 11–9 win that went to a penalty shoot out. In the match, she scored three goals for Australia. In 2008, prior to the Olympics, she competed in the World League Finals, and was named the player of the tournament for Australia. In February 2010, she attended a national team training camp in the Gold Coast in preparation for the team's appearance at the April Commonwealth Championships. In May 2010, she was a member of the team that competed at the FINA World League Asia-Oceania zone held in Osaka, Japan and Tianjin, China. She was a member of the Stingers squad that competed in the 2010 FINA World Cup, and competed in the Kirishi Cup in Russia in June 2011. In the first round, the team played the United States to a 7–7 draw. In that game, she scored two unanswered goals in the final ninety seconds of the match. In April 2011, she attended a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport where the coach was "selecting a team for the major championships over winter." In July 2011, she was a member of the Australian Stingers that competed in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai. In preparation for this tournament, she attended a team training camp in Perth, Western Australia. She competed in the pool play match against Uzbekistan, which Australia won 27–2. In that match, she again scored four goals.
Beadsworth competed in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in January 2012 for the Australian Stingers. She played in the round robin match against the Australian Barbarians and was an important factor for the team during the second and third periods, helping the team to be 6–1 at the end of the third period. She played in the game where the Stingers beat Brazil 20–2, and scored three goals in the Stingers' 8–7 win over the United States. She was part of the Stingers squad that competed in a five-game test against Great Britain at the Australian Institute of Sport aquatic centre in Canberra in late February 2012. These were the team's first matches against Great Britain's national team in six years. In the first game of the test series on 21 February 2012 she scored one of the goals in Australia's 13–5 victory. The Australian team went on to win all five of the matches in the test.