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Greg McFadden steps down as Aussie Stingers Head Coach

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Australian Women’s Water Polo Head Coach Greg McFadden has decided to step down from the top role after 12 years at the helm. McFadden took over the Head Coach role of Women’s Team in 2005 after his role as Assistant Coach for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and a successful transition from playing to assistant coach of the AIS men’s team under Charles Turner. During his time McFadden has led the women’s team during their most successful period, establishing Australia as one of the powerhouse nations in Women’s Water Polo internationally.

While winning two Olympic bronze medals in 2008 and 2012 are undoubtable highlights for McFadden, he said it’s the consistency his teams have shown that he’ll look back on most memorably.

“I think I’m most proud of the fact that we won a medal every year at a World League or a major international Tournament since 2005.

“Personally, the gold medal at the 2006 FINA World Cup was a standout for me.

“We were a relatively new team after the loss of eight Olympians from 2004.  We played some great water polo in that tournament and lost just one quarter of water polo throughout the tournament.  It announced us to the world,” said McFadden.

Since that gold medal in 2006, McFadden’s teams have gone on to be one of the top international teams and he believes that dominance is because of one thing, “work ethic”.

“Every player that came onto the Stingers squad knew what was required physically of them and they had a very strong work ethic.

“This became our point of difference and also helped us develop a “never ever say die attitude”.

“Personally I want to thank every player that I’ve coached.  It takes a huge commitment to become an international water polo player and even more to become a top international team.

“Our players are not paid here in Australia and yet they make a huge amount of sacrifices.

“They get up at 5:00 am for training, go to work/study and come back at 6:30pm to train again. They get home sometimes around 11:00pm and then get up to do it all again. This happens four to five times a week. I want to thank them for the desire and willingness to keep doing this.

“That sort of dedication and commitment is very rare and all these athletes will always have a special place in my heart.

“I want to thank all the Assistant Coaches, Institute Coaches and support staff that have been involved in the program over these years. Without their loyalty and dedication we would not have achieved any of these results.

“A big thank you must also go to Peter Kerr and Chris Harrison. They have provided me with fantastic support throughout this period and I don’t think I would have been in the position as long as I have without them,” he said.

Water Polo Australia High Performance Manager Tom Hill said the sport owed Greg a huge thank you for his many years of service to both Men’s and Women’s Water Polo.

“Greg will be most remembered for the huge contribution he made to Women’s Water Polo in Australia, leaving behind a tremendous legacy, in particular driving a strong Stingers culture.

“His contribution as a Coach has been felt across both National Women’s and Men’s teams and we thank him for all his hard work, passion and dedication to the sport in this country.

“Greg’s shoes are big ones to fill and the search for the next Australian Women’s Head Coach will commence in the coming weeks” said Hill.

Taken from: Water Polo Australia website.

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