Angie Winstanley-Smith is the head coach of the women’s National Team of New Zealand. She competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games , which marked the inaugural Olympic appearance for the British women’s water polo team.
She has been the head coach of the New Zealand women’s team since 2017 and is bringing the Kiwis to the next level; at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, she led her young New Zealand team to their first top-ten finish in 28 years.
Winstanley is performing miracles for the New Zealand national team, given the resources at her disposal. The level of water polo in New Zealand is vastly improving, and participation in the 2032 Olympics is a distinct possibility.
Angie wanted to give an honourable mention to Rebecca Parkes, a player who Winstanley describes as a “skillful and fearless player”, who “will fight to the end – all with a smile on her face.” Winstanley-Smith also hopes to see a few Kiwi’s in the mix for next year’s award, and at the rate that they’re improving, there is every chance she will have her wish!