TEAM & CLUB CONTACTS

Australian Waterpolo League (AWL)

Head Coach:

Debbie Watson             

Manager:

Sue Trent

DEBBIE WATSON

Debbie is Australia’s most decorated Water Polo player, male or female. She is the only Australian to earn gold medals in each of the three major international events. Debbie culminated an illustrious career earning the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as captain of the Australian team. Debbie was part of the gold medal winning Australian teams at the 1986 World Championships and the 1984 FINA World Cup. In 2006, Debbie  became the first female Water Polo player to be inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Debbie has always played for Sydney University and was co-coach for the Lion’s inaugural 2016 National League championship and was also the co-coach of the Lions history breaking undefeated National League title in 2017. 

L1 

L2

Head Coach:

Debbie Watson             

Manager:

Daniel Trent

Coach:       

Daniel Trent 

 

Manager:    

Camilla Learmonth

Daniel Trent

Daniel has been a part of the Lions coaching panel for the last six years with a focus on development across all age and grade teams. He was integral in the establishment of the Sydney Uni Lion Cubs Junior Academy for 8-11 year old girls which has attracted many members to the club. Daniel has played Water Polo for NSW and coached extensively at the NSW Academy and NSW State teams.

L3 Blue

Coach:         

Ian Trent

Manager:    

Alison Greg

Ian Trent

Ian has been involved with Sydney Uni Water Polo since the early 1970’s as a player and coach. After a successful stint with NSW teams he coached the Australian Senior Women’s team from 1983 to 1988 with undefeated gold medal success in the 1984 World Cup and the 1986 World Championships. He also established Australia’s first National junior program in 1988. He has coached over 20 NSW teams – both boys and girls at junior and senior levels. Ian has mentored 21 Sydney L1 Premierships and 10 Australian Club Championships and continues to help direct the program.

L4

Manager:    

Paul Richardson 

L5 Blue

 

Coach:         

Self-Coached                       

 

Manager:    

Helen Richardson

L5 TEAM

L5 teams are social teams where we have a mix of new players as well as very experienced players who all play for the love of the sport.  

We do not train on a weekly basis albeit we do hope to secure some pool time over summer to have some strategy sessions.

We have enough players in the team so if  you cant make a game one week it is not a problem.  

You do need to play 4 games during the season though to play in the finals if we secure a spot.

L5 games - Wednesday nights at various pools across Sydney.

 

We welcome players of all abilities. To chat about joining the team for summer please contact Team Manager Helen Richardson

L18

Coach:       

Daniel Trent

 

Asst Coach:  

Raphael Pirat

Manager:  

Camilla Learmonth

Daniel Trent

Daniel has been a part of the Lions coaching panel for the last six years with a focus on development across all age and grade teams. He was integral in the establishment of the Sydney Uni Lion Cubs Junior Academy for 8-11 year old girls which has attracted many members to the club. Daniel has played Water Polo for NSW and coached extensively at the NSW Academy and NSW State teams. 

L16A BLUE

Coach:       

Scott Henderson

Manager Metro:  

Michelle Allen

Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson played National League for Sydney University from 1992 – 2000. During that time Scott was the team captain helping the lions achieve several National League medals. During his time with the club he nurtured and assisted in developing many younger players who represented Sydney University and Australia. Scott was well known for his outside shooting ability listed in the top National League goal scorers a number of times. Over the past 15 years he has been involved in developing junior water polo on the Central Coast. Scott brings many years of coaching and playing experience to the club. He has coached U14 and U16 State teams, M1 teams, NSW CCC girls, NSW Country Men’s and was assistant coach for the Hunter Hurricanes National League Men’s team.  Scott is keen to give back to the club that provided so many opportunities during his playing career.

L16A Gold

Coach:       

Jenny McGregor

Manager Metro:  

Helen Deas

Jenny MacGregor

Jenny MacGregor returns to the Lions after coaching the Hunter Hurricanes National League team in the 2017 NL season. Jenny has an extremely commendable coaching record spanning over 25 years. Jenny has coached at Australian, NSW and club level as well as representing Australia as a player in the 1981 World Cup in Brisbane. Jenny was Australian Schoolgirls coach from 1988-2010. She has coached NSW teams and had major success at a U20 level claiming 6 National State Championships. Jenny coached the St George Women’s National League team between 2004-2007.  Jenny has won Australian Club Gold and Bronzes medals with the Drummoyne Devils as the coach of their U14, U16 and U18 teams. 

L16B

Coach:       

Lilian Hunt

 

Manager Metro:    

Nav Singh

L14A

Coach:       

Ivana Drakulic

 

Manager:    

Matt Troughton

IVANA DRAKULIC

After a one year sabbatical from coaching Ivana has returned to play and coach at Sydney Uni Water Polo. Ivana focuses on the juniors with an emphasis on teaching the basics and the enjoyment of the sport at an early age. Ivana has played at Australian Uni Games level and continues to mentor and support our junior players at grade level. Ivana has attended training camps oversea to improve her coaching. 

L14B Blue

Coach:       

Antonia Mijatovic

Manager:    

Lucy Chepul

ANTONIA MIJATOVIC

Antonia Mijatovic has been a member of our club for the past 3 years mainly as a player at U18 and L3 level. Antonia was a team member at the recent Gold Coast 2017 Australian University Games for the Sydney Uni team where they won the Bronze medal. Antonia coaches at Ascham School and brings a fun and approachable coaching style to our younger players. 

L14B Gold

Coach:       

Fergus Bennie

 

Manager:    

Daniel Trent 

FERGUS BENNIE

Fergus is one of the most experienced coaches in NSW. He has coached extensively at State and National Championship level with a number of gold medals accredited to his teams. He specialises in mentoring junior level players and after a successful tenure in Newcastle he moved to Sydney to be part of the Scots College Water Polo program as well as with Sydney University.

L12

Coach:       Fergus Bennie

Manager:  Daniel Trent 

FERGUS BENNIE

Fergus is one of the most experienced coaches in NSW. He has coached extensively at State and National Championship level with a number of gold medals accredited to his teams. He specialises in mentoring junior level players and after a successful tenure in Newcastle he moved to Sydney to be part of the Scots College Water Polo program as well as with Sydney University.

 

SUWWPC Committee

President:                  Simon Lewis

Vice President 1:       Tara Mackay

Vice President 2:       Luke Fitzgerald

Secretary:                  Ian Trent

Treasurer:                  Karen Vickers

Officials & Coaching Staff

Patron:                      Deb Watson

Club Captain:           Keejsa Gofers

AWL Coach:             Debbie Watson

Technical Director:   Raphael Pirat

SUWWPC Sub-Committee

Registrar:                Camilla Learmonth

Governance:           Helen Deas

Sponsorship:           Karen Vickers

Website:                 Daniel Trent

Social Media:          Daniel Trent

Alumni/Student Co-ord:    Helen Richardson

Uniforms:                Tessa Green & Tara Mackay