Olympian - Water Polo
Location: Foreshore Drive, Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
Australia Day - City of Greater Geraldton
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.
Zoe 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.
Zoe’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.