Angie Winstanley-Smith, the head coach of the female team of New Zealand, is a former British water polo player, and coach. She competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games, which was the first-ever Olympic tournament for the British women’s water polo team.
Since 2017, she has been working as the head coach of the New Zealand women’s team. She was appointed after taking the club Marist Magic to back to back New Zealand titles. This included an undefeated season in 2016.
USA National Player | Club: Vouliagmeni | Position: Goalkeeper
“Potentially the greatest ever goalkeeper the game has seen. She has a world-class presence and her athletic ability intimidates opponents. I also love how she loves the game – enjoys the moment. A great role model for the women’s game. She is surrounded by an incredible team – so hard to choose just one of them. They all contribute to the USA domination – with Maggie Steffens providing that leadership.”
Russian National Player | Club: KINEF-Surgutneftegaz Kirishi | Position: Driver
“Consistently one of the world’s best and technically one of the best ever. Her movement in and across the water is almost unexplainable!”
Spanish National Player | Club: Mediterrani | Position: Driver
“She is back! An incredible player as a youngster and it’s awesome to see her back in the pool playing great Water Polo for Spain- she was amazing in South Korea. Her finishing and composure this summer definitely announced her return to the World of Water Polo. Surrounded by players such as Macia Garcia and Anni Espar allow her to play with her instinct and cause any team issues in defence.”
Australian National Player | Club: Arizona State | Position: Centre back
“Class act and a great leader. A top player for the Aussies for as long as I can remember (as a player or coach) provides an essence of calm for her team. Her versatility as a player also makes her a stand out for me.”
Hungarian National Player | Club: UVSE Budapest | Position: Driver/Wing
“Individually, arguably one of the most exciting players to watch. When she is on the ball you just know something will happen. Has a technical ability to perform a range of shots and beat players 1 on 1.”