Angie Winstanley-Smith, at the helm of the women’s National Team of New Zealand, has a remarkable water polo journey. Her own Olympic experience includes competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games, a historic moment as it marked the inaugural Olympic appearance for the British women’s water polo team.
Transitioning to coaching, Winstanley-Smith has been steering the New Zealand women’s team since 2017, tirelessly working to elevate their performance. A testament to her coaching prowess was evident at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, where she guided her youthful New Zealand squad to their first top-ten finish in 28 years.
Winstanley-Smith’s impact on the New Zealand national team is nothing short of miraculous, especially considering the challenges posed by resource constraints. Nevertheless, her efforts are yielding tangible results, with the overall level of water polo in New Zealand experiencing significant improvement. With the momentum gained, participation in the 2032 Olympics now stands as a distinct and promising possibility for New Zealand on the international water polo stage.